KONAMI TAKES THE WHEEL WITH ENTHUSIA(tm) PROFESSIONAL RACING FOR PLAYSTATION(r)2
Ultimate Racing Simulation Features Groundbreaking Visual Gravity System and True-To-Life Physics
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. - May 3, 2004 - Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced Enthusia(tm) Professional Racing, a new racing game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Studios, scheduled for release on the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system in 2005. Designed to bring all of the white-knuckle energy and thrill of car racing to life, Enthusia features groundbreaking gameplay mechanics, enhanced physics and pixel-perfect graphics to deliver an unprecedented racing experience.
Enthusia steps away from the norm in the racing genre, opting to focus on the driving experience rather than the time spent "under the hood." Winning will require superior driving ability, establishing Enthusia as a true racer for driving enthusiasts who appreciate the details of car physics, performance and motion. The realism of the game is bolstered by the innovative and proprietary Visual Gravity System which conveys a true sense of G-forces experienced by high-speed driving and maneuvering around a race track. This innovative feature is a first for the racing genre and gives gamers the ability to see and "feel" the pressure exerted on a car during racing.
Set to be the most realistic racing game to date, Enthusia will include hundreds of cars from more than 40 real manufacturers - each car driven and captured in real life by the development team. Photo-realistic graphics stand out as players race on dozens of real and fictional tracks around the world. Multiple camera views, including both a first- and third-person orientation, allow for players to either get behind the wheel or on top of the action. Variable weather conditions pose additional challenges that require players to stay on their toes.
As players pass and weave their way to the front of the pack, they benefit from on-the-fly information about car handling, tire traction and more. While stage-based tuning allows even those who could never do their own oil changes a chance to upgrade their cars, proprietary AI demands that even the most "supped-up" entry make the right moves on track. Approachable gameplay for novice drivers yet challenging for experts, Enthusia is a racing game that will appeal to players of all levels.
Playable in single or two player mode, Enthusia takes advantage of the PlayStation 2 controller with pressure sensitive control of the analog buttons - allowing players to "feather" the gas and brake. For gamers that want to take complete control of the action, Enthusia will also be compatible with PlayStation 2 driving wheels, including the Logitech GT Force(tm) steering wheel.
To learn more about Enthusia, please visit: http://www.enthusia-racing.com.
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Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation's action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid(r), Silent Hill(r) and Castlevania(r), among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment - America can be found at www.konami.com/usa
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