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BAM! - Product Release Dates Announced

by Judy on Aug. 16, 2004 @ 4:59 p.m. PDT

BAM! Entertainment announced today the anticipated release dates for the company's third quarter games. Announced titles include: Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums, Starsky and Hutch, A Sound of Thunder, Ice Nine, and State of Emergency 2. Read more for further details ...

Len Ciciretto, SVP Sales and Marketing said, "Our retailers and consumers have been awaiting Bujingai: The Forsaken City and it is finally here. In addition, we are also providing a strong list of quality content for upcoming quarters." That list of titles includes:

Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PS2) -- In another time ... An isolated island-city stands as home to much of what remains of the human race. The ancient technology which annihilated most of the Earth has now opened a gateway to a hellish dimension, unleashing a horde of demons upon the city. One warrior, armed with a pair of swords and an arsenal of magic spells, goes to battle the army of demons. This warrior's name is Lau, and thousands will die by his hand Game Informer says, "Bujingai manages to set itself apart with some outstanding stylistic elements," and PSM says, "Bujingai's combo system and air fighting make it a most unique PS2 action game." This game shipped on July 22, 2004.

Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums (NGC/PS2/Xbox) -- In his dying words, the last descendant of an African King reveals an ancient secret and a warning. Deep in the jungles of Rwanda is a hidden temple containing a great diamond which possesses the knowledge of all nations. Gathering pieces of maps from the skins of eight drums scattered around the world and re-uniting the drums is the only way to open the temple. The A.C.M.E. team recognizes Carmen Sandiego's infamous signature. The mission is to stop her from unearthing the drums and making off with the magical treasure. This action/stealth/adventure game's anticipated release is August 31, 2004.

Starsky and Hutch (NGC) -- Jump into the sporty "Red Tomato" and be the coolest undercover cops in town. Control the soft-spoken Hutch and the streetwise Starsky, as they solve the toughest case in the roughest neighborhoods. Help them battle the hard-nosed, but loveable Captain to fight crime in their own unconventional way. With the strong license from the massive 70's TV series, this 3D world setting will rock the streets of San Francisco. This value-priced game is scheduled for release on August 31, 2004.

A Sound of Thunder (GBA) -- This cooperative multiplayer, time-travel game will be released just in time for the upcoming movie, "A Sound of Thunder," produced by Franchise Pictures. In the future, time-travel has been invented. Travel companies are quick to offer once-in-a- lifetime vacations to the rich few. "There are three rules: don't change anything in the past, don't leave anything behind, and don't bring anything back." Unfortunately, something went wrong ... A sequence of time-ripples begins to mutate the present-day world and a new timeline is born. As Travis Ryer, you must solve the mystery that might mean the end of human existence. This action-adventure game has an anticipated release date of September 28, 2004.

Ice Nine (GBA) -- Set at the "secret" CIA Training facility in Camp Peary, VA, a young agent trainee named Tom Carter is failed during his training, and then recruited by his ex-trainer to take part in a secret undercover operation designed to thwart the theft of a destructive computer virus know as "Ice Nine." As Tom Carter, the player performs a variety of missions that will unlock a conspiracy within the CIA. This first-person shooter has an anticipated release date of October 26, 2004.

State of Emergency 2 (PS2) -- This sequel is scheduled for release in the first half of 2005, and follows "State of Emergency," which sold in excess of a million units. A full marketing plan will be announced shortly.

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