Digital Extremes tapped to create extensive and exciting multiplayer element for 2K Games' highly anticipated shooter
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 8, 2009--
2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
(NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that it has signed a partnership with
Digital Extremes to develop the multiplayer experience for BioShock®
2. Under this partnership, Digital Extremes is working closely
with the creative team at 2K Marin to develop a new and substantial
element that enhances the lore and fiction of the BioShock universe.
“The fans asked for a multiplayer experience and we answered,” said
Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “With Digital Extremes delivering a
multiplayer experience for BioShock 2 that features all of
the things that make BioShock unique, we’re holding
ourselves to a high standard so that we can deliver the depth and
variety that fans of the BioShock universe demand.”
Multiplayer in BioShock 2 provides a rich prequel
experience that expands the origins of the BioShock fiction.
Set during the fall of Rapture, players assume the role of a Plasmid
test subject for Sinclair Solutions, a premier provider of Plasmids and
Tonics in the underwater city of Rapture that was first explored in the
original BioShock. Players will need to use all the
elements of the BioShock toolset to survive as the full
depth of the BioShock experience is refined and
transformed into a unique multiplayer experience that can only be found
Evolution of the genetically enhanced shooter – Earn experience
points during gameplay to earn access to new Weapons, Plasmids and
Tonics that can be used to create hundreds of different combinations,
allowing players to develop a unique character that caters to their
Extend the Rapture fiction – Players will step into the
shoes of Rapture citizens and learn more about the fall of Rapture as
they progress through the experience.
See Rapture before the fall – Experience Rapture before it was
reclaimed by the ocean and engage in combat over iconic environments
in locations such as Kashmir Restaurant and Mercury Suites, all of
which have been reworked from the ground up to deliver a fast-paced
FPS veterans add their touch to the multiplayer experience –
Digital Extremes brings more than 10 years of first person shooter
experience including development of award-winning entries in the Unreal®
and Unreal Tournament® franchise.
BioShock 2 is currently in development at 2K Marin, 2K
Australia and Digital Extremes for PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment
system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft
and Windows-based PC. This title is not yet rated by the ESRB.
About Take-Two Interactive Software
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a
global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive
entertainment software games for the PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2
computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox
360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™ and
Nintendo DS™. The Company publishes and develops products through its
wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play; and
distributes software, hardware and accessories in North America through
its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two's common stock is publicly
traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product
information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.
About Digital Extremes
Founded in 1993 by industry visionary, James Schmalz, Digital Extremes
ranks as one of the world’s top independent development studios in the
interactive entertainment industry. The Canadian based developer is
known for its high quality, technologically innovative productions such
as the co-creation of Epic Games’ multi-million unit selling, Unreal®
franchise, including the award-winning Unreal, Unreal
Tournament and Unreal Championship brands; the technical
marvel, Dark Sector® utilizing the proprietary Evolution Engine™
as well as co-development of top-selling and critically acclaimed, BioShock®
for PLAYSTATION®3 system. Digital Extremes recently expanded its reach
beyond development with the licensing of its Evolution Engine™. For more
information on the studio or its technology, please visit www.digitalextremes.com.
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