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'Rat Race' (PS3) Announced - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 17, 2007 @ 5:35 a.m. PDT

Super-Ego Games' announced that it is working on a downloadable PS3-exclusive episodic comedy/adventure game Rat Race. Set in an extremely dysfunctional office at a company called BiggCo, your job is simply to make it through the day as bombs go off all around you.

“We believe that next-gen gamers seek new and innovative game titles, and Rat Race is just that,” says Greg Easley, Co-founder and President, Super-Ego Games. “Rat Race represents a completely new take on the adventure genre, combining it with living, breathing characters and TV-quality comedy writing. The game delivers what action gamers want, but it also has funny, engaging dialogue, well-conceived characters and a comedic story that really hooks people.”

Rat Race is a PS3-exclusive comedy/adventure game where players will explore an array of highly detailed environments, from the cube farm to the animal testing lab to the happy hour bar. Through a combination of quick wit and action skills, players will diffuse political bombs and steer through outrageous situations scripted and voiced by NYC-based comedians with credits on Saturday Night Live, Chappelle’s Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, Flight of the Concords, Ugly Betty, Sex in the City, My Name Is Earl, and more. Each episode will introduce new characters and locations, as well as new storylines and gameplay mechanics.

Rat Race drops players in the shoes of Tina Brooks, an ambitious brand manager at BiggCo, the massive consumer products company whose slogan, “Making the world a better place,” couldn’t be any more cynical. Tina quickly discovers that “business as usual” means an unending series of wacky, over-the-top, and wildly inappropriate situations.

Your job is simply to make it through the day as bombs go off all around you. As the clock ticks toward quitting time, you’ll encounter a rogues gallery including: Joy Chung, an impossible, and impossibly hot, PR exec; Chip Bratsby III, a pompous jerk whose career focus is getting you fired; and Dr. Ron Durfman, a research scientist who may or may not be intimate with his lab monkey. It’s up to the player to outsmart, outwit, and sometime outrun co-workers and upper-management in a set of hilarious scenarios created by some of New York City’s best comedy writers.

Super-Ego Games' goal is to give you the feeling of “playing” inside an episode of your favorite TV show. Sometimes Rat Race is described as an interactive sitcom, but that doesn’t do it justice. There’s more to the experience than funny dialogue. Along the way you’ll sneak, sprint, solve puzzles, eavesdrop, steal, and even “neutralize” that lab monkey.

Super-Ego Games has developed a series of innovative proprietary technologies to bring the Rat Race world to life. From dynamic conversations to non-linear scripting to advanced character AI systems, Rat Race represents a rethinking of how videos games are developed; with its distinct sense of story and character development, the title will help establish episodic games as a new form of interactive entertainment.

Rat Race is currently in development by Super-Ego Games. The first episode is scheduled for release this Winter.

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