unveils plans to bring the legendary franchise to console gamers
Japan - September 20, 2002 - During a press conference today at the
Tokyo Game Show, Blizzard Entertainment*, a studio of the games division
of Vivendi Universal Publishing, unveiled StarCraft: Ghost(tm), a
tactical-action console game set in Blizzard's epic StarCraft® universe.
StarCraft: Ghost is currently under development and is scheduled for a
worldwide release on multiple console systems. The game will be
co-published by Capcom and Blizzard Entertainment in Japan; further
announcements regarding platform/country specifics will be announced in
the months to come.
StarCraft: Ghost, players take the role of Nova, a lethal Ghost
operative skillfully trained in the arts of espionage and tactical
combat. Twenty years of ruthless physical conditioning and
techno-psychological instruction have made Nova a being of terrifying
potential. With the help of a determined group of allies, players follow
a series of story-driven missions, engaging in a deadly mix of planetary
battles and dangerous solo operations. To complete their mission
objectives, players must execute intelligent tactical decisions while
mastering an advanced arsenal of sophisticated weaponry. "We're very
excited about returning to the StarCraft series," stated Mike Morhaime,
Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. "Our roots are based in
console gaming, and we look forward to developing this universe for the
next-generation console systems."
Key features in StarCraft: Ghost include:
- Revolutionary new style of gameplay featuring enhanced physical
and psionic abilities
- Hostile Environment Suit designed to magnify strength, agility,
- Over-the-top special effects offer stunning visuals and
unparalleled tactical realism
- Immersive 3D environments showcase rich textures and highly
stylized character models
- Unique Calldown abilities allow players to target large-scale
attacks from the ground
- A deeply evolving storyline set in Blizzard's gritty sci-fi
the story unravels, players find themselves traversing uncharted terrain
and battling adversaries never before seen by followers of the series.
Bold 3D graphics give players a new, in-depth perspective on familiar
planets and former battlefields from the legendary universe. A dynamic
3rd-person camera view displays dramatic lighting, startling detail, and
a blend of realistic and fantastical design.
by Blizzard Entertainment and Nihilistic Software, Inc., StarCraft:
Ghost is scheduled for release in late 2003. Since its debut in 1998,
the #1-selling StarCraft series* has won industry acclaim and has
shattered sales records worldwide with over six million copies shipped.
Blizzard continued the series with the critically acclaimed StarCraft:
Brood War*, which won multiple Expansion Pack of the Year awards and is
still considered by many critics to be one of the best add-on products
known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft®, StarCraft, and
Diablo* series, Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com
), a studio of the games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, is a
premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for
creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games.
Blizzard's track record includes seven #1-selling games and multiple
Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service
Battle.net* reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active
* NPD Intellect/PC Data games category monthly sales April-September