Electronic Arts Ships Xena: Warrior Princess for the Playstation; She's Smart, She's Sexy and She's Gaming's Toughest Heroine.
Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world's largest interactive entertainment software company, announces it will ship Xena: Warrior Princess(TM) for the PlayStation(R) on Oct. 5, 1999, immediately following the start of the television show's new season.
Xena: Warrior Princess will provide game enthusiasts their first opportunity to take on the role of Xena, the ultimate mythological heroine in a video game and experience epic adventures and non-stop action.
Xena: Warrior Princess will offer many unique gameplay features. They include seven enormous worlds -- each based on scenes found in the TV show -- that encompass more than 20 unique levels.
Xena will rely on her signature moves (back flips, bicycle kicks and 360-degree splits), weapons (sword, staff and Chakram) and special power ups (a fire sword called Promethean Blade and a lighting bolt called Hand of Zeus) to advance through each level.
The game challenges Xena to progress through multiple levels and battle such enemies as Cyclops, Dryad, Golem and Medusa to save her friend Gabrielle and defeat the King Valarian and Narsus, the evil Amazon Queen, who plot to take over the world.
"Xena is a natural for a video game, given her dynamic and strong heroine character appeal," says Frank Gibeau, vice president of marketing for Electronic Arts. "All the factors that make Xena such a popular television icon lend themselves perfectly to creating a heroic female character that gamers can appreciate and relate to."
Developed by Universal Interactive Studios, the producers of Crash, Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, Xena: Warrior Princess incorporates many recognizable elements from the syndicated action television series. The series is produced by executive producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi of Renaissance Pictures and is distributed by Studios USA Domestic Television.
Additionally, the game will introduce several newly created characters. Among them are Kalabrax, a powerful sorceress bent on revenge with the gods, and the Amazon Bird Women.
Additionally, Universal Interactive Studios completed more than 100 character animations for the game to help smoothly deliver and execute all of Xena's action-packed moves. The development team also texture-mapped the faces of stars Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Renee O'Connor (Gabrielle).
Xena: Warrior Princess for the PlayStation is a single-player, third-person perspective title and supports dual shock analog control to deliver force feedback. The game carries a "T" (Teen) ESRB rating and will have an MSRP of U.S. $39.99. More information on the game can be obtained via the product Web site at http://www.xenagame.com.
Universal Interactive Studios, Inc., (UIS), a part of the Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, develops, produces and licenses original and existing Universal Studios movie and television franchises across multiple gaming platforms.
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com), a diversified entertainment company and a worldwide leader in motion pictures, television, home and location based entertainment. Universal Studios is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global entertainment and beverage company.
Studios USA, a USA company (Nasdaq:USAI), consists of first-run production and distribution, television movie and miniseries development and production, and network development and production.
Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.2 billion for fiscal 1999. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and video game systems such as the PlayStation(R) and the Nintendo(R) 64.
Electronic Arts markets its products under seven brand names: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS(tm), Maxis(tm), ORIGIN(tm), Bullfrog(tm) Productions, Westwood Studios(tm) and Jane's(R) Combat Simulations. Electronic Arts has international subsidiaries or distribution in more than 75 countries worldwide.
The company has thirteen major development operations located throughout the world based in Redwood City, Carlsbad, Irvine and Walnut Creek, Calif.; Baltimore, Md.; Austin, Texas; Maitland, Fla.; Seattle, Wash.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Vancouver, British Columbia; the Gold Coast, Australia; the United Kingdom and Japan.
More information about Electronic Arts' products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://www.ea.com.
Note to Editors: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS, ORIGIN, Bullfrog, Maxis and Westwood Studios are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts in the U.S. and/or other countries. Jane's is a registered trademark of Jane's Information Group, Ltd. Xena: Warrior Princess is a trademark and copyright of Studios USA Television Distribution LLC. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing, Inc. All rights reserved. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo 64 is a trademark of Nintendo of America Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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|Date:||Sep 29, 1999|
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