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Batman: Vengeance Screens for PlayStation®2!

by Rainier on Aug. 23, 2001 @ 7:46 p.m. PDT

Based on the Emmy® Award winning Warner Bros. animated series The New Batman Adventures featuring the DC Comics® legendary hero, Ubi Soft® Entertainment is developing the first 3D Batman title for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

Developed internally in Ubi Soft's New York and Montreal studios, with a story scripted specifically for the game, the title is slated to release in October of 2001. The game is also being developed for the Game Boy® Advance.

From the opening cinematics, players find themselves engulfed in Batman's world; the beginning of an episodic adventure of darkness, danger and deception. In the midst of one of The Joker's twisted schemes, during a struggle with Batman, The Joker falls from a bridge to his death. Crime sweeps Gotham City, as the likes of Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, and other notorious villains step up to fill The Joker's evil shoes. As players investigate the 22 maps (19 playable) they soon come to realize that nothing is as it seems, and the fate of Gotham City, lay in the balance.

Following a linear gameplay, players are immediately and deeply entrenched in an intricate, action-filled mystery. To uncover the plot against Batman, players must exploit every skill, device and technology in the Batman arsenal. Gamers utilize masterful martial arts moves to keep The Jokers' henchmen at bay, grappling hooks to explore the hidden nooks of Mr. Freeze's chemical plant. Additionally, players can race the streets and airways of Gotham in the Batmobile and Batplane, or free fall from buildings with the aid of an armor-enhanced cape. Collecting clues to unravel the plot at hand, players' piece together intricate mysteries, always on the alert for thugs, traps and treachery.

Within the larger story, the game is divided into five episodes, which set up the goals for the next installment, often beginning with 3D rendered AVI. Containing more than 30 minutes of Real-Time Cinematics, Batman alone boasts nearly 500 unique animations. Players explore expertly rendered 3D environments that perfectly depict the dark world of Gotham. The beautifully hand drawn characters reflect the individual's unique personalities; Poison Ivy's seductive insanity, Mr. Freeze's chilling brand of evil, even
Batman's cape was created as an independent character, reacting to movements via it's own AI. Featuring Dolby surround sound and specially recorded voice-talent, with Mark Hamill as The Joker, Batman: Vengeance immerses his fans in a darkly beautiful, interactive expansion of the animated series.

About Ubi Soft Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is a global producer, publisher and international distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the industry, Ubi Soft's strong and diversified lineup has grown considerably. As well as developing original properties, Ubi Soft has also steadfastly partnered with several high-profile companies and is dedicated to delivering consumers with quality videogame titles while offering blockbuster franchises. Founded in 1986, the company has offices in 18 countries including the UK, United States, Canada, France, Germany and China and sells its products in a total of 52 countries. For more information about Ubi Soft, visit their website.

DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros. An AOL Time Warner Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics' web site.

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