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SCi to launch Conflict : Desert Storm on Xbox

by Rainier on Aug. 21, 2001 @ 6:41 p.m. PDT

SCi Entertainment Group Plc, one of Europe’s leading publishers of computer and video games, today announces an agreement with Microsoft for SCi’s forthcoming title Conflict: Desert Storm to be one of the first European Products to be released on the Xbox ™ video game system from Microsoft.

Conflict: Desert Storm is an action stealth game based upon the events of the Gulf War. Players take charge of some of the best known and most feared special operations forces in the world, including Elite British SAS and the US Delta Force Squads. The game is being developed by Pivotal Games Ltd, one of the UK’s most experienced development teams. Pivotal is owned 10% by SCi and 90% by Kaboom Developments, formerly Geoff Brown Holdings.

The Xbox platform is due to be launched in Europe in Spring of 2002. Microsoft has committed to a marketing budget of $0.5 billion, and it is widely predicted that it will become one of the dominant platforms in the gaming industry. A recent survey by IDG (May 2001) predicts that the installed base of the Xbox will reach 9.6 million units by the end of 2003.

Screenshots taken from the PC CD-ROM version

Microsoft’s decision to sign Conflict: Desert Storm to the Xbox Publishing Programme and give it a prominent role in its release schedule is a compliment to the skills of SCi and Pivotal Games.

Jane Cavanagh, Chief Executive of SCi, commented “We are delighted that Conflict: Desert Storm is receiving such strong support from Microsoft. We are expecting the title to be one of our major releases in 2002.”

Rose Montgomery, Publisher Account Manager of Microsoft, said “Conflict: Desert Storm is an exciting multiplayer title with stunning graphics. We believe it will illustrate superbly the power of the Xbox.”

Additionally, SCi has licensed the computer games rights to the classic wartime story, The Great Escape, from MGM, starring Steve McQueen. Pivotal will also be developing this license on several hardware platforms for SCi.

Pivotal Games has a new entry in their diary section from a few days ago .. read it HERE

Release date:

  • Xbox - Spring 2002
  • PS2 - TBA
  • PC - TBA
Screenshots taken from the PC CD-ROM version

About Xbox:

Xbox is Microsoft’s future-generation video game system that delivers new and unforeseen gameplay experiences – with more than three times the graphics performance of the newest generation of game systems, Xbox unleashes game designers’ creativity to produce games that are challenging, exhilarating, surprising and fun.

About SCi:

SCi moved to the Official List in March 2000. It is a developer and publisher of computer and video games for all commercially successful platforms including PC, Internet, Sony PlayStation, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Colour GameBoy, Nintendo Gameboy Advance, and gaming via mobile phones. It owns the rights to several leading games brands including Carmageddon, Thunderbirds, The Italian Job, Mille Miglia, Titanium Angels, and most recently The Great Escape.

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