Eidos' Highly Anticipated Soul Reaver 2 Selected as PlayStation 2 Exclusive.Entertainment Editors/High-Tech Writers
SAN FRANCISCO--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2001
Epic Adventure Featuring Video Gaming's Legendary Antihero
Raziel Continues This Fall Only On the PlayStation(R)2 Computer
Eidos Interactive Eidos Interactive is a publisher of video and computer games with its parent company based in England. It is now part of the Eidos Group of Companies and is a subsidiary of SCi Entertainment Group PLC that is publicly-traded on the London Stock Exchange. (Nasdaq:EIDSY), a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment for the PC and console gaming systems, today announced that Soul Reaver
The Soul Reaver is a weapon in the Legacy of Kain series. 2, the follow-up release to the 1.5 million-unit-selling video game Soul Reaver, will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. . As the third installment in the Legacy of Kain Legacy of Kain is a series of video games developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive. Although the first game in the series was developed by Silicon Knights, Crystal Dynamics later won a legal battle over the rights to Legacy of Kain series, Soul Reaver 2 is slated to hit store shelves this Fall.
"We are pleased to be able to continue our strong partnership with Eidos Interactive, built through the success of popular PlayStation franchises such as Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain," said Andrew House, Senior Vice President, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "As PlayStation 2 penetration continues to reach unprecedented levels in all markets worldwide, consumers will welcome new installments of these popular franchises, like the upcoming release of the platform-exclusive Soul Reaver 2. Supported by SCEA's co-marketing program, Soul Reaver 2 promises to deliver an unrivalled gaming experience, making it a perfect companion for PlayStation 2."
"Soul Reaver 2's selection as a PlayStation 2 exclusive proves the strength and consumer popularity of the Legacy of Kain brand," said Rob Dyer, President of Eidos Interactive. "Soul Reaver 2 elevates the entire series through its deep storyline, award-winning voice-acting, and advanced streaming engine technology that showcases the capabilities of the PlayStation 2 hardware."
Soul Reaver 2 begins precisely where the critically-acclaimed original title left off, with Raziel emerging from the Chronoplast time portal Time portals are often employed in various fictional genres, such as Sci-Fi and Fantasy. They can be represented as vortices of energy, which allow matter to travel from one point in time to another by passing through the portal, or may appear as an ordinary doorway. , and returning to different eras of Nosgoth's past in his relentless pursuit of Kain. Over the course of his journey, he unearths the mysteries of Nosgoth's ancient races, and exposes the secrets behind the corruption of the Pillars and the vampire genocide. Confronting the shadows of an unremembered past, Raziel discovers a web of destiny stretching eons into Nosgoth's dim, unrecorded history. As his destiny comes full circle, he finds his personal vendetta vendetta (vĕndĕt`ə) [Ital.,=vengeance], feud between members of two kinship groups to avenge a wrong done to a relative. Although the term originated in Corsica, the custom has also been practiced in other parts of Italy, in other transformed into a hero's journey, with the fate of Nosgoth hanging in the balance.
Gamers will encounter all new enemies while playing Soul Reaver 2, including vampire hunters, Sarafan warrior-priests, spectral spirits, undead un·dead
No longer living but supernaturally animated, as a zombie. warriors and extra-dimensional demons Demons
See also devil; evil; ghosts; hell; spirits and spiritualism.
one who denies the existence of the devil or demons.
recognition of the existence of demons and goblins. . The game boasts immersive, gothic realms featuring highly detailed architecture, enhanced graphics and engaging storylines all tailor-made for the PlayStation 2.
Soul Reaver 2 boasts several new technical advancements that ensure fluid and realistic gameplay. Clearly apparent is the constant 60 frames-per-second frame-rate delivering a smooth gaming experience. The Soul Reaver 2 game engine can display 30 times more graphic detail than its predecessor -- the architecture alone features up to ten times more polygonal detail when compared to the original Soul Reaver, and the character models are five to six times more intricate. The addition of real-time inverse kinematics In 3D animation, a technique that provides automatic movement of objects. It allows elements of an object to be linked, such as the parts of an arm or leg, and causes them to move in a prescribed, realistic manner. to the animation engine ensures that Raziel always interacts realistically with his environment, regardless of the terrain. Crystal Dynamics Crystal Dynamics is an American video game developer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was acquired by Eidos Interactive, a British video game publisher, in 1998, and is still part of the Eidos group. utilizes streaming engine technology, which makes for no load times in Soul Reaver 2. Finally, the game features an all-new combat system, providing Raziel with new fighting moves and improved enemy artificial intelligence (AI).
Eidos Interactive's Background Information
Eidos Interactive, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products for the PC, PlayStation(R) game console See video game console. , PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Sega Dreamcast(TM), Nintendo(R) Game Boy(R) Color and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft. Eidos Interactive is part of London-based Eidos plc with additional offices in San Francisco, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo and Singapore. For more information on Eidos Interactive's product line visit http://www.eidos.com.
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