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SBK-08 Superbike World Championship

Platform(s): PC, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Racing
Publisher: Black Bean
Developer: Milestone

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'SBK-08 Superbike World Championship' (ALL) Coming to North America

by Rainier on July 31, 2008 @ 5:49 a.m. PDT

SBK-08 Superbike World Championship, Milestone’s fast paced videogame, the officially licensed WSBK, lands on the next-gen console with brand new features and enhancements. Thanks to the X360 and PS3 hardware performances, gameplay experience will be enriched in order to let players experience the Worlds Super Bike universe in a compelling and immersive game.

The Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship, organized and promoted by FGSport since the 1980s in all its technical, organizational and promotional aspects, today represents one of the three "global products" of world motor sport and a heritage of undisputed value for motorbike fans. The race season attracts over 1 million attendees and 2 billion TV contacts through coverage on 95 television stations in 173 countries.

As well as featuring the official teams, riders and tracks of the current WSBK Championship, SBK08 has multiple difficulty settings and tuning options that will appeal to superbike fans and gamers alike.

The fast-paced, action packed arcade mode allows casual gamers and racing fans to jump straight in and challenge the WSBK official teams and riders in a range of weather conditions and on some of the most famous tracks around the world including Phillip Island (Australia), Monza (Italy), Silverstone (UK) and for the first time in the series Miller Motorsports Park (Salt Lake City, USA).

For the bike enthusiast, SBK08 offers unparalleled realism in the modelling and the handling of the bikes including detailed tuning and set-up options for every aspect of the bike (including suspension, gears, tires and braking). These will need to be optimized as the player progresses through each race weekend and as the conditions change from race to race throughout the championship.

David Pain, General Manager of Black Bean commented, "We're really excited to be bringing SBK08 to the US market with Conspiracy Entertainment at a time when the race series is becoming more widely known in North America. It is a truly great game for bike fans and for racing gamers in general looking for a new challenge."

Marco Husges, Executive Vice President of Conspiracy Entertainment Corporation, added, "It is good to be working with Black Bean and we are confident that we can build this franchise successfully in North America to mirror what has already been achieved in Europe."

As World Superbike came to the US in 2008, some riders even used pre-release code to practice the Miller track. Regis Laconi of the Kawasaki PSG-1 team commented, "I don't know the circuit so I'm waiting to be there and get as much information as possible ... I played with the SBK Xbox 360 videogame from Black Bean and it helped. Now I can say I know where the bends are."

Keith Tanaka, CFO of Conspiracy Entertainment, said, "Conspiracy is very pleased to bring new business to the Company from overseas. Our partnership with Black Bean provides us the opportunity to take a wildly successful international release and establish a US market from the very beginning. As we roll-out multiple versions of the game on today's top-selling platforms, we anticipate SBK08 to be a strong revenue generator for us beginning in the third quarter of 2008 and well into 2009."

Already available in Europe SBK08 is scheduled for release this fall across several major gaming platforms, with additional versions of the game planned to follow in the spring of 2009.


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