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'Overlord' And 'Clive Barker’s Jericho' Get amBX Support

by Rainier on Nov. 15, 2007 @ 2:32 p.m. PST

Codemasters announced that it is adding amBX support to its action adventure Overlord (tomorrow) and later this year Clive Barker’s Jericho, by means of an update patch. amBX allows developers to use light, color, sound, rumble and even air flow through enabled devices to create a full sensory surround experience.

Developed by Triumph Studios, Overlord is a groundbreaking action adventure, based in a seriously warped fantasy world, where the player controls a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-time dead Overlord. Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game will immerse players in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters.

Continuing the dark theme, Clive Barker’s Jericho is an action horror game that sets a new standard in visual and phantasmagorical special effects. Mingling the darkest elements of Clive Barker’s horror fiction and films with an ambitious, age-spanning story, the title is aimed squarely at mature gamers, fans of Clive Barker and horror fiction enthusiasts.

Shorthand for ‘ambient experiences’, amBX radically rewrites the gameplay experience rules by extending the traditional gaming world out of the screen and into the real world. amBX delivers a full ‘sensory surround experience’ by allowing developers to use light, colour, sound, rumble and even air flow through enabled devices, including the Philips amBX PC Gaming Peripherals range of LED colour-controlled lighting, rumble peripherals and variable speed desktop fans.

“The patches for Overlord and Clive Barker’s Jericho demonstrate that we can amBX-enable games even after launch, making them fully amBX-enabled and quickly distribute them to gamers through the ambx.com web site and magazine covermounts,” commented Jo Cooke, Chief Marketing Officer, Philips amBX. “These great games continue to build on our relationship with Codemasters, which will see us amBX-enable many more titles from this award-winning British publisher over the coming months.”

Philips is setting a global standard by licensing the amBX technology to computer game developers, publishers and peripherals manufacturers and Codemasters joins a rapidly growing list, including THQ, Introversion, Gearbox Software, Zombie, Riot Games, Brain in a Jar, Invictus Games, Instinct Technology, Kuju, Revolution, Sumo Digital, Rivers Run Red, Philips Peripherals & Accessories and SpectraVideo.

Games which are amBX compatible include Broken Sword: The Angel of Death, Clive Barker's Jericho, Darwinia, DEFCON, Overlord, Supreme Commander and Toca Race Driver 3.

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