NEWS - Friday, May 2, 2003
Eidos Announces E3 Line-upEidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced its groundbreaking console and PC game line-up for the upcoming 2003 Electronics Entertainment Expo held May 14-16 in Los Angeles, California. Eidos will feature several games in South Hall booth #824 this year including Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PC; Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home for the PlayStation®2 and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft; Deus Ex: Invisible War for Xbox and PC; Commandos 3: Destination Berlin for the PC; and Republic: The Revolution for the PC. In addition, Eidos will debut several new titles at the show including Ion Storm's Thief for Xbox and PC; Crystal Dynamics' Legacy of Kain: Defiance and Chain Gang; and Climax's Italian Job, based on the upcoming film release from Paramount Pictures on May 30, 2003. "Eidos' partnerships with companies such as Paramount, Sony, and Microsoft are testament to the company's capacity to create strong content that has mass appeal across multiple entertainment mediums," said Rob Dyer, president of Eidos Interactive, US. "Eidos' fully loaded 2003 E3 lineup is an impressive combination of both groundbreaking content and industry-leading technology." At E3 2003, Eidos reinforces its dedication to developing platform- leading, content-rich brands. Among the games highlighted during the show are: Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home (PS2, Xbox) - Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This At Home breaks gamers free from the stale wrestling genre, and puts them into a groundbreaking new world of open-ended gameplay. Punish opponents in highly interactive sprawling environments implementing instruments of pain, including thumbtacks, barbed wire, light bulbs, stop signs, baseball bats, tables, fire and the environment itself. Prepare to endure inhuman amounts of pain, take incredible risks, and leap from breathtaking heights to squash opponents and be crowned "The King Of Hardcore." Developed by Paradox Development. Chain Gang: (PS2, Xbox) - Eidos' Chain Gang unleashes total animal anarchy! Shackled and forced to work together, Spanx and Redmond are fugitives on the run from an unscrupulous product-testing lab before they undergo one more demented animal experiment. Playing Spanx, gamers will use the disgruntled Redmond as their tool and weapon not to only escape, but also to free other enslaved animals and sabotage the evil corporation. Providing an innovative approach to the character-based action genre, Chain Gang combines a unique "chain" gameplay mechanic with in-depth enemy and environment interaction, rich combat and slapstick humor. The result? Player choice triggers an unscripted chain of chaotic, humorous events. Developed by Crystal Dynamics. Commandos 3 - Destination Berlin (PC) - Developed by Pyro, the development studio that created the Commandos series, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin is a game of real-time tactics that places gamers in command of an elite unit of Special Forces behind enemy lines during WWII. From the shores of France to the heart of the Third Reich, gamers can strike fast from land or sea with a small squad of guerrilla fighters, infiltrating hostile territories and conducting raids to disrupt the German war machine. For the first time in the Commandos series, gamers can engage in multiplayer combat with up to eight other players via LAN and the Internet. Deus Ex: Invisible War (Xbox, PC) - Invisible War is the sequel to Ion Storm's award-winning Deus Ex. This first person thriller with intense shooter and stealth gameplay elements begins 15 years following the events depicted in the original game. Playing anti-terrorist agent Alex Denton, gamers take advantage of the most advanced go-anywhere-do anything freedom to fight numerous militant factions bent on violently reshaping the world to suit their own agendas. Equipped with high-tech gadgetry and bio-mods that can induce superhuman powers, travel the globe chasing the conspirators, those out to get you and truth behind your own origins. The Italian Job: (PS2, Xbox, GameCube) - Based on this summer's blockbuster movie, The Italian Job puts you in the driver seat as you and your band of thieves pull off the ultimate heist. This high-octane arcade racer will get your adrenaline pumping as you attempt a frantic getaway with your souped-up MINI Cooper fully loaded with stolen gold. Gamers tear through subway stations, rip apart golf courses and plow through storm drains with the cops hot on their tail. Developed by Climax. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (PS2, PC) - The gaming world's most famous heroine, Lara Croft, like you've never seen her, in a Tomb Raider like you've never experienced. Lara returns as both hunter and hunted relying on her ingenuity, athleticism and a new edge to her personality. The game also introduces a new playable character, Kurtis Trent, who works alongside Lara to help clear her name and clean up a most desperate situation. Players must traverse an intricately detailed world, taking them from the back streets of Paris to the depths of Prague. The Angel of Darkness employs a brand new engine built from the ground up to fully utilize the power of PlayStation 2 and the latest PC graphics cards. Developed by Core Design. Legacy of Kain: Defiance (PS2, Xbox) - This game is the next chapter in the epic Legacy of Kain series. Legacy of Kain: Defiance is an action adventure game featuring more action and intense combat then ever before, including thrilling combo moves and telekinetic powers that manipulate the environment and enemies. Gamers take control of two powerful and highly evolved vampires: Kain, an all-powerful demigod, and Raziel, a demonic angel of death. Each character is equipped with a legendary sword, and the two must battle through a world loaded with conflict and intrigue as they attempt to unravel their destinies and defeat the dark forces that seek to condemn their world to eternal damnation. Developed by Crystal Dynamics. Republic: The Revolution (PC) - Described as "one of the most ambitious games ever conceived" by games industry bible Edge magazine, Republic places gamers in the role of a faction leader intent on becoming the President ... by fair means or foul. Starting with a single loyal supporter, a tiny secret HQ and a very small base of local support, you must build up a nationwide party powerful enough to oust the President and rule the Republic of Novistrana. Developed by Elixir Studios. Thief III: (Xbox, PC) - In this next chapter of the Thief series, gamers once again take on the role of the master thief Garrett. The stealthy character is rarely seen, never caught, a master of the ambush and capable of breaking into the most ingeniously secured places. Garrett steals from the wealthy and gives to himself, making his living in the dark and foreboding City. Although Garrett would prefer to be left alone to ply his trade, the prophecies of an impending Dark Age dictate a different plan for the thief. Thief pioneered the concept of stealth action on the PC, and gives gamers the opportunity to truly play a thief. Take advantage of Ion Storm's groundbreaking dynamic lighting and shadow systems -- every character and object, including Garrett, cast realistic, movable shadows that effect stealth gameplay.