Ubisoft Press Release
Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Coming to Xbox for Holiday 2004; Ubisoft Montreal's Original Splinter Cell Team Returns to Change the Face of Action Gaming Forever
SAN FRANCISCO-July 13, 2004-Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced Splinter Cell 3 (working title), the third blockbuster in the Splinter Cell(R) franchise, will officially be called Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM). In addition to the PC, the game will be available on the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft for Holiday 2004, as well as on the N-Gage platform, published by Gameloft(R). Details on other platforms will be forthcoming. The game, which debuted to massive buzz and won numerous awards at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, including official show awards for Best PC Game, Best Action Adventure Game, and a Special Commendation for Graphics, is expected to be one of the year's most talked-about titles. The first Xbox screenshots and hands-on details of the game may be found in the August issue of Game Informer Magazine, on stands next week.
With Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM), Ubisoft's celebrated Montreal development studio continues to push the interactive and technological possibilities of video gaming, returning to the legendary Splinter Cell(R) franchise for an action gaming breakthrough. The game will offer a completely new gameplay experience, exemplified by a totally open level design, a completely immersive and interactive environment, and advanced AI in which enemies are aware of their environment and remember past events, making them smarter and even more dangerous. In addition, it will offer the best graphics in this generation of games and a unique, collaborative multiplayer experience. Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM)'s features -- all courtesy of cutting edge visual and sound technologies -- will set an industry benchmark once again.
"Splinter Cell(R) titles have been huge hits on all platforms, and we're thrilled to deliver the latest, greatest installment, Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM), to both PC and Xbox gamers in time for the Holiday season!" said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubisoft. "Both single- and multiplayer elements of the game enjoyed a stellar reception at E3, and we know that Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM) will be at the top of every player's must-have list this year as it offers a completely new kind of gaming experience, and, with the unbeatable combination of Ubisoft's technological prowess and visionary creativity, it will be the best-looking game on any platform."
About Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(R) Chaos Theory(TM)
The year is 2008. Citywide blackouts... stock exchange sabotage... electronic hijacking of national defense systems... this is information warfare, which has become the most dangerous threat to global stability. To prevent these attacks, you must infiltrate deep into hostile territory and aggressively collect critical intelligence, closer than ever to enemy soldiers. You are Sam Fisher, the NSA's most elite black-ops agent. To achieve your mission you will operate undetected, kill at close-range, attack with your combat knife, shoot with the modular SC20K rifle, and use radical suppression techniques such as the inverted neck break. Work alone, or enjoy the thrill of cooperative multiplayer infiltration missions, where teamwork is the ultimate weapon.
As the enemy evolves, so must you.
-- EXCLUSIVE CLOSE RANGE KILLS: From knife attacks to athletic hand-to-hand kills such as inverted neck breaks, dramatic ledge throws and other new moves
-- CO-OP STEALTH: Play online or offline multiplayer with a friend and coordinate your infiltration in an all new multiplayer challenge
-- REAL WEAPONS OF TOMORROW: The most complete arsenal of weapons and gadgets from the knife to the modular SC20K rifle
-- AMAZING REPLAYABILITY: Totally open level design with multi-paths and optional secondary objectives
-- ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: Intelligent enemies that make your mission more risky as you must get closer to them than ever before
-- HIGH-RISK MISSIONS: Steal sensitive documents from under the nose of your enemies, takeout a terrorist surrounded by his bodyguards...
-- AS GOOD AS REAL: Never-before-seen graphics technology offers the best visuals ever seen on any console. Advanced physics engine allows rag doll physics, particle effects and perfect interaction with the environment
-- THRILLING SCENARIO: In-game gut wrenching sequences and gripping plot with multiple twists and turns
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About Tom Clancy:
With over 80 million books sold, Tom Clancy is arguably the world's most recognized author. His works include fiction such as The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Rainbow Six, and the recently released The Teeth of the Tiger. Clancy also writes nonfiction works about weapons and various military units. Four of his books have already been adapted into highly successful feature films.
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