SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 Has Been ShippedSEGA® of America, Inc. announced today that SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 has started shipping for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Heralded as the Best Sports Game by the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2002, SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 is poised to redefine the standards of football video games this season with ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence, unparalleled lifelike animations, an ESPN telecast-style presentation, full online gameplay options and an in-depth franchise mode featuring a revolutionary and easy-to-use visual interface. Developed by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 pushes the boundaries of realism and blurs the line between a football video game and a real-life Sunday afternoon gridiron battle. The ‘SEGA Sports NFL 2K’ franchise has consistently pushed the genre in innovative new directions, said Tom Nichols, vice president of sports marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. That tradition lives on with ‘SEGA Sports NFL 2K3’ a game that challenges the conventions of sports video games and raises the bar by which all console football games will be judged. Our goal with the NFL 2K series is to create the most true-to-life football video game experience possible, said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio. With ‘SEGA Sports NFL 2K3’ we have taken a giant step forward in realizing that goal, successfully capturing the subtle nuances of a real NFL game. SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 builds on its championship-caliber gameplay with a variety of new additions and enhancements. More than 4,500 team-specific plays and the ability to create custom playbooks ensure that each team follows the exact play-calling tendencies they do in the real world. Similarly, advanced individual player AI makes each athlete react uniquely to the action around him on the field. From linebackers slowing down crossing patterns by bumping receivers passing through their zones to AI quarterbacks more realistically making formation and coverage reads before making the throw, SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 delivers both an exhilarating and ultra-realistic gameplay experience. SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 delivers a new level of authenticity with an ESPN telecast-style presentation. Everything from the trademark split-screen player introductions and analysis, game highlights, scores and overlays to the famous SportsCenter theme music, help create the look and feel of an actual ESPN telecast of the National Football League. In SEGA Sports NFL 2K3, weekly wrap-ups show actual game highlights from simulated games around the league and a variety of post-season awards distinguish the best of the best in the NFL. The first-ever online console franchise, SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 delivers full online gameplay to PlayStation 2 and Xbox, allowing gamers to challenge each other over the Internet, check their win/loss records, download roster updates and maintain a list of favorite opponents. Providing added value to the game’s expansive list of features is the brand new SEGA Sports Challenge. With this feature enabled, the seasoned SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 fan can compare stats accumulated during offline Exhibition games against other players from around the country. In the SEGA Sports Challenge, gamers track their stats in a multitude of categories to receive a unique Challenge Code, which can then be entered and ranked against other gamers on Segasports.com. Joining the returning Exhibition, Tournament, Season and Practice Modes is a brand new Situation Mode and the reconstructed Franchise Mode. The Franchise Mode, which features an innovative visual interface and additional team management options, arrives for the new season with an extensive overhaul. As users step into the shoes of their favorite team’s players, coaches and general managers, they have the option of signing free agents, scouting and drafting rookies, making trades and even drafting graduating seniors from SEGA Sports NCAA® College Football 2K3. The Situation Mode lets players customize a variety of options to create their own unique in-game scenario, from running two-minute drills to lining up for the game winning field goal. SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 athletes have been remodeled using 3D scans of prototype NFL body types to look more genuine and lifelike than ever. Player body sizes now match the unique height, weight and girth for each of the individual positions on the field. The 3D stadiums were also redesigned to more accurately represent the size and magnitude of actual NFL stadiums. The result is a game that is visually striking, capturing everything from the cheap seats and crowded sidelines in the stadiums to the player’s dramatic facial expressions and real-time reflections on their helmets.