Crash Twinsanity(TM) Ships to Retail
Crash Bandicoot(R) is Back and Teaming Up With Nemesis Dr. Cortex in the Marsupial's Funniest Adventure Ever!
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that Crash Twinsanity(TM), the next installment in the best-selling video game franchise, has shipped to retail stores nationwide. The irrepressible Crash Bandicoot® has returned in his funniest adventure yet for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. Developed by Traveller's Tales, the new action platformer reveals a hilarious storyline that showcases the creative input of award-winning animation filmmaker Jordan Reichek of Perky Pickle Studios and introduces innovative features, including the ingenious pairing of Crash with his longtime nemesis Dr. Cortex in an unprecedented new dual gameplay mechanic.
"By combining the classic humor and wacky situations that Crash is known for with a new twist of inventive gameplay, Crash Twinsanity delivers the most robust and funniest Crash platformer ever," said Philip O'Neil, President of North America, Vivendi Universal Games. "The gameplay and story line in Crash Twinsanity truly raise the bar for this world renowned, character-based franchise."
In Crash Twinsanity, a new evil has invaded the island paradise of Crash Bandicoot with plans of destruction. In a strange twist, Crash begrudgingly pairs with his archenemy, Dr. Cortex, in order to save the world. Through this unorthodox partnership, Cortex is abused as Crash's favorite weapon when Crash and Cortex are controlled as one. Additionally, this dynamic paired gameplay features never-before-seen mechanics which also include cooperative level designs in which Crash must protect Cortex and vice-versa, albeit reluctantly! They're working together ... but they don't have to like it!
Gamers can choose from a wacky cast of four playable characters -- Crash, Cortex, Nina Cortex (Cortex's niece) and the brand new pairing of Crash and Cortex. The game features completely immersive free-roaming environments which respond realistically as the player interacts with them, along with streaming worlds that can be played through without load times. Players will also encounter complex and highly reactive enemies that will detect and hunt Crash, run away when outgunned and interact with other foes to form alliances.
The Crash Bandicoot franchise made its debut in 1996 and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.*
Crash Twinsanity is currently available in North America on PlayStation 2 and Xbox for a suggested retail price of $49.99, with an ESRB "E" rating. For more information, customers can visit http://twinsanity.crashbandicoot.com/.
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About Traveller's Tales
With ten years of software development to their credit, Traveller's Tales (http://www.t-tales.com) is a well-established developer with a string of successful titles, including Wrath of Cortex, Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story Racer, A Bug's Life and Muppet Racemania. The company has worked with many top publishers such as Activision, Universal Studios Interactive, Disney, Sony- Psygnosis, Sega, Nintendo and Henson Interactive.
About Vivendi Universal Games
Headquartered in Los Angeles, VU Games is a leading global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, Fox Interactive and Massive Entertainment. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features multi-million unit selling properties such as Warcraft®, StarCraft® and Diablo® from Blizzard Entertainment®; Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon(TM), Ground Control®, Empire Earth®, Tribes® and Leisure Suit Larry(TM).
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Based on EDI sell-through, internal company records, and reports from key distribution partners around the world.