SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Ships to Retail Stores Worldwide for PC
Company: V.U.G.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra® Entertainment has shipped SWAT® 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate to retail stores this week for the PC. SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate is the first expansion pack for SWAT 4, the hit tactical-simulation shooter from 2005 that put gamers in command of an elite SWAT unit tasked with bringing down the most dangerous and violent criminals in the world.

"SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate takes the winning challenges and gameplay of SWAT 4 and adds missions, story elements and multiplayer abilities to create an all-new experience for fans of the original game," said Peter Della Penna, Executive Vice President and COO, World Studios for Vivendi Universal Games. "The new abilities -- like the new 'Held Commands' -- coupled with the additions to multiplayer mode, have made an expansion pack worthy of the SWAT 4 moniker and a game that PC fans will be playing online for a long time."

SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate thrusts gamers back in the control of an elite squad of up to five SWAT officers charged with confronting, subduing and arresting the most dangerous criminals in tense police situations. As with the original game, the expansion pack emphasizes tactical deployment over pure run-and-gun action and requires proper use of a broad range of real police gear and tactics to help the team overcome any obstacle, rescue endangered civilians, and bring order to chaos.


New features added to SWAT 4 in SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate include:

* Seven new missions playable in single-player, multiplayer and co-op
mode

* 10-player co-op -- increased from five -- allows players to create a
single "stick" of 10 or any combination up to 10 for coordinated and
devastating insertion maneuvers

* New SWAT equipment, including Night Vision Goggles, Light Sticks for
cleared rooms, Ammo Pouch (This equipment will give the player 2 extra
clips of ammunition for their primary weapon)

* New weapons including SWAT- and Suspect-only submachine guns, stun
guns, rifles, grenade launchers and pistols

* New objective types, including preventing destruction of evidence and
preventing suspects from escaping the scene

* Held Commands, allowing players to hold movement of team groups until
the "Initiate" command, helping coordinate synchronized actions across
multiple groups

* New MP mode -- Smash and Grab -- where Suspects must seize and escort a
briefcase through a level while SWAT teams attempt to stop their escape

* Server browser improvements including, Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) for
built-in voice communication; GameSpy Stat Tracking for ladders and
rankings; and Voting for map selection, choosing a leader, and kicking
or banning players

SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate expansion pack is now available at retail stores for an estimated retail price of $19.99. The game has been rated 'M for Mature' by the ESRB.

For more information about the SWAT series, including SWAT 4 and SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate, please visit www.swat4.com.

About SWAT Force

Gamers can now get their SWAT fix while on the go. SWAT Force is now available on carriers nationwide and playable on more than 200 types of GSM, Sprint and BREW handsets.

Based on the popular PC tactical-action franchise, SWAT Force allows gamers to take control of a two-man SWAT squad and lead them through seven crisis situations. SWAT Force puts the player in the shoes of a SWAT squad leader: choose the equipment and tactics for the squad's sharp shooter and explosives experts.

About Vivendi Universal Games

Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment®, Radical Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, Massive Entertainment(TM), Swordfish Studios and High Moon Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo® and World of Warcraft® from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, Leisure Suit Larry(TM), and Ground Control®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.
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