May 11 2004
FUTURISTIC SCI-FI FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER PUTS PLAYSTATION®2 PLAYERS INTO INTENSE MILITARISTIC WARFARE IN KILLZONE™
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FUTURISTIC SCI-FI FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER PUTS PLAYSTATION�2 PLAYERS INTO INTENSE MILITARISTIC WARFARE IN KILLZONE�
LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2004 –Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today the fall 2004 release of Killzone, available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Developed by Guerrilla, in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Santa Monica Studios, Killzone is a squad-based, first-person shooter, set in the near future during a period of planetary colonization. Drawing inspiration from classical military conflicts of the 20th century, Killzonedemonstrates a unique graphical style that captures the grit and realism of intense military warfare. Featuring online gameplay via the Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem) (for PlayStation®2) with voice-chat capabilities via the USB Headset (for PlayStation®2), Killzone is based on classic military altercations found in the history of warfare; players will battle through trenches, endure city sieges, sweat through jungles and battle guerilla combatants.
“Killzone will make fans of first-person shooters look at the genre in an entirely different way,” said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “Killzone is a game that delivers unique off- and online gameplay through an engrossing storyline, unbelievable graphics, great characters and an awesome array of weapons. As in every epic war story, Killzone also delivers a bad guy that everyone is going to love to hate: the Helghast.”
The storyline behind Killzone occurs sometime in the near future on the nearby colony of Vecta, one of the interplanetary colonies that humans have established outside of Earth. An invading militaristic separatist faction called the Helghast has set out to decimate the ISA forces and colonize the planet. The only thing standing between the colony’s survival and complete destruction is an elite squad of human ISA forces. Players can select between four ISA troops – each with special abilities and weaponry to accommodate their playing style – and battle through 11 intricately detailed environments that showcase the harsh setting of a war-ridden planet. Additionally, players can visit the armory and equip themselves with 27 different unique weapons. In particular, there are 21 first-person weapons that the player can carry, five emplaced weapons, and hand grenades.
Killzone employs a highly advanced artificial intelligence technology that allows Helghast enemies to calculate threats, maintain squad directives and adhere to self-preservation tactics to determine a unique course of action. Killzone also features an original score performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Killzone. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.
Guerrilla specializes in the creation of videogames for leading platforms. Formally known as Lost Boys games, the company was founded at the beginning of 2000, as the result of a merger between three established Dutch game developers. By combining experienced staff with outstanding technology and innovative game concepts, this studio was launched with the vision of becoming one of the top 10 independent developers in the European games industry. Guerrilla is part of the Media Republic group and is based in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.guerrilla-games.com.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation®game console and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.