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Activision Goes Wreckless - First Mission-Based Driving Game For XBOX

by Rainier on Oct. 18, 2001 @ 11:46 a.m. PDT

Activision, Inc. today announced it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights, excluding Japan, for WRECKLESS, the first mission-based driving game for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft. Game Selected By Microsoft As Premier Title For First Quarter 2002 And Will Coincide With European Launch of Xbox
Developed by Bunkasha Publishing, WRECKLESS has been selected by Microsoft as a premier title for first quarter 2002 and will be released to coincide with the European launch of Xbox. WRECKLESS is currently rated “RP” (Rating Pending) by the ESRB and is expected to ship in both North America and Europe in early 2002.

“We are thrilled that Microsoft has selected WRECKLESS as a lead game for the first quarter of 2002 and that the game will be among the first wave of titles for the Xbox European launch,” said Larry Goldberg, executive vice president, worldwide studios for Activision. “WRECKLESS takes advantage of the sophisticated graphics, audio and multiplayer capabilities available from Xbox and will deliver an incredible new experience for fans of mission-based driving games. The game lets players explore the mean streets of Hong Kong as they engage in non-stop full throttle action.”

“With its outstanding graphics and compelling gameplay, WRECKLESS is set to revolutionize the mission-based driving genre,” said J Allard, general manager Xbox platform and third-party relations. “As one of the premier titles for Xbox, we are putting full marketing muscle behind WRECKLESS to build consumer awareness for what we believe to be one of this winter’s most anticipated releases.”

A high suspense, fast-paced, no-holds-barred driving game, WRECKLESS immerses players into the unpredictable underworld of Hong Kong. Gamers can choose from two distinct storylines -- to be part of an elite task force assigned to take down the Hong Kong mafia or to become a high-level government agent trying to uncover links between the mafia and the police.

WRECKLESS lets players take full control of the action as they pursue thugs and gang members in 20 hair-raising missions. Gamers choose from 10 different vehicles as they race through an interactive city and maneuver real traffic patterns, tear through parks and drive on sidewalks to complete their mission. However, players have to be careful, as real-time damage modeling will hinder their vehicle’s performance.

Release date: Xbox - Spring 2002

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