SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON (October 10, 2006) – SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe, Ltd. today announced After Burner: Black Falcon for the PSP (PlayStationPortable) system. Developed by Planet Moon Studios, After Burner: Black Falcon is the first arcade-style flight combat title exclusively for the PSP system, combining intensive air combat with a multitude of explosions that allow gamers to relive the experience of the classic After Burner arcade game. In addition to the in-depth customization of 19 officially licensed military planes, gamers can compete against friends via ad-hoc in a variety of multiplayer modes, and for the first time ever, fly solo in a story-rich single-player campaign.
A terrorist cell called Black Falcon has infiltrated a top-secret CIA facility, escaping with 13 fighter jets. As a member of a highly classified military group, players must to do whatever is necessary to retrieve these fighter planes before they are sold to other terrorist cells. Utilizing an assortment of hi-tech planes such as the F-14D Tomcat, F-15E Strike Eagle, and F-22 Raptor, players engage in high-speed aerial combat as they dogfight their way through dangerous terrain to seek and destroy all terrorist targets.
"SEGA is revitalizing its vault of classic franchises for the current generation of gamers, and a new version of After Burner is the perfect fan-favorite to bring to a portable system," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of SEGA of America, Inc. "After Burner: Black Falcon's ease of play and intense arcade action has been taken to a whole new level with a slew of customizable licensed aircraft and parts, and multiplayer modes which allow for both competitive and co-op play."
"As huge fans of the original After Burner, we are delighted to re-imagine this classic arcade franchise," said Bob Stevenson, CEO, Planet Moon Studios. "Building After Burner: Black Falcon from the ground-up enables us to craft the game with PSP features in mind with all-new multiplayer modes, customizable jets and over-the-top gameplay. Most importantly, it's approximately 9000% more portable than the original arcade cabinet."
After Burner: Black Falcon takes flight with intense arcade-style air combat, where gamers will fly at maximum speeds using high-powered weapons to destroy land and air-based enemies. With the robust customization, players can arm each military jet with an array of weapons, design customized aircrafts, and improve performance by installing a variety of engine components for faster, more maneuverable fighter planes. Players will also be able to acquire various weapons and aircraft by defeating squadrons of enemies and special bosses.
Numerous multiplayer challenges will be available in competitive and co-op modes. Gamers can challenge up to seven other players competitively via ad-hoc in a variety of modes, or work with another pilot to achieve co-op goals.
Head for the danger zone in Spring 2007 and keep your sights locked on After Burner: Black Falcon.
About SEGA of America, Inc.
SEGA of America, Inc. is the American Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The SEGA of America Web Site is located at www.SEGA.com.
About SEGA Europe Ltd.
SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The SEGA Europe Web Site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
About Planet Moon Studios
Planet Moon Studios was founded in 1997 by the creators of Earthworm Jim and MDK. Since then, the company has produced three award-winning, critically-acclaimed games based on original IPs: Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Armed and Dangerous, and Infected. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Planet Moon is one of the city's fastest growing independent developers.
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