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Outtrigger Announced Today For DC

by Rainier on Aug. 6, 2001 @ 6:23 p.m. PDT

Forget the caffeine, this game has all of the frenetic energy your palpitating heart can handle. Sega of America announced today the release of "Outtrigger™" for the 128-bit, Internet-ready Sega Dreamcast video game console.

"Outtrigger" is a stylized 3-D speed-driven shooter game that mixes a compelling anti-terrorist premise with some fresh twists on this popular genre, such as the ability to switch perspectives and the rigorous character training programs. Since the arcade version of "Outtrigger" has amassed a huge following, exclusive touches were added to the Dreamcast version to exceed the expectations of its extensive fan base, including the ability to play online. Whether battling terrorism online or off, gamers' hearts will be racing on four bald tires by the end of their sessions.

In "Outtrigger," the safety of the world is in the player's hands, as well as an arsenal of weapons including flame-throwers, photon torpedoes and rocket launchers. However, players must first become a member of an Interforce squad. Interforce - a private enterprise formed to undertake anti-terrorist operations - has established a special group to fight outbreaks of terrorism and large-scale organized crime around the world. Only a handful of people will successfully complete their rigorous training program, but the reward is to become the leader of an Interforce team.

In addition to its humanitarian premise, there are many other compelling elements that help to elevate "Outtrigger" above its genre predecessors. This includes features such as allowing players to alternate between first and third person perspectives, as well as multiple controller setups and the inclusion of optional auto-assist targeting.

"Since 'Outtrigger' was so strongly embraced in the arcades, it was important that the experience was both accurately translated and noticeably enhanced for the Dreamcast version," said John Golden, director of product marketing, Sega of America. "The game's most appealing attributes, such as the storyline, the speed, and the split-screen action continue to reaffirm Sega's penchant for developing games that either defy or define a medium."

With the split-screen option, up to four players can battle head-to-head in an observatory, castle ruins, abandoned train station and other shrapnel-conducive sites. Rather than divide and conquer, players can opt to unite and rule in the Team Battle mode, as they cooperate and compete online in an attempt to be the #1 Outtrigger team. There is also an engaging Single Player mode with over 40 different stages, unlockable weapons, character edit options and scenario-driven missions.

"Outtrigger" is currently available at retailers nationwide for the suggested price of $39.95 and is compatible with the Dreamcast keyboard and mouse. The game is rated "T" for Teen.

About Sega Sega® of America is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Sega Corporation, responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of Sega video game systems and video games in the Americas. Sega Corporation is a nearly $2.5 billion company recognized as the industry leader in interactive digital entertainment media, offering interactive entertainment experiences both inside and outside the home. Sega of America's World Wide Web site is located at www.sega.com.

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