Tuesday 5 th October, Roswell GA: Tripwire Interactive and Teotl Studios are pleased to announce that their upcoming first person action adventure puzzler– The Ball– has gone Gold. The Ball will be released on 26 th October 2010 through Steam and eastern European retail stores and will roll out through other digital outlets and worldwide retail soon after. Pre-orders on Steam start 18 th October 2010 with a special exclusive bonus for Killing Floor owners that get on the ball and pre-order before the 26 th– the hero from The Ball as a fully playable character in Killing Floor!
“We are really happy to see The Ball get a full commercial launch. It is the first UDK-based game to get into stores and the previews show just how much a group of talented developers can achieve with the toolset,” said Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games.“Like previous success stories from the Make Something Unreal contest, such as Red Orchestra, it is a highly-polished standalone product– and a great fun game, too! This is a great example of why we put the effort into supporting the community with the UDK and the MSU contest.”
About the game:
The Ball is a first person action-adventure game featuring a full single-player experience built on Epic’s Unreal™ Engine 3 technology. As a swashbuckling archaeologist working on the slopes of a dormant volcano somewhere in Mexico, you get stuck in a cavern. It doesn't take long before you realize this is more than just a cave. You reveal ancient ruins that have been hidden from outsiders for centuries and discover a mysterious artifact, a gold and metal shelled Ball. As you progress towards solving the mystery of this amazing place you must unlock the secrets of The Ball and learn to control this ancient artifact. You will also start to encounter not just puzzles and traps, but also various strange creatures - the guardians of this mystery. These creatures also have to be overcome, using only The Ball to defend you. Venturing deeper into the volcano, you reveal some of mankind's greatest secrets.
- <*>Over 8 hours of single-player puzzle action adventure*> <*>Innovative physics based gameplay*> <*>Includes bonus Survival game mode, with 4 additional levels*> <*>Wide range of enemies and boss characters to overcome*> <*>Unique vehicles - an underground train and the mysterious "Ball Chariot"*> <*>More than 30 secrets hidden away to be discovered*> <*>Steamworks features including achievements and leaderboards *>
About Tripwire Interactive
Based in Roswell, Georgia, Tripwire Interactive is an entertainment software developer and publisher founded in 2005 by the award-winning mod team and winners of the 2004 edition of the "$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal" competition. Released in early 2006, Tripwire Interactive's debut retail title Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 achieved both critical and commercial success garnering several awards including "Multiplayer Game of the Year" and "FPS of the Year" for 2006. Killing Floor, Tripwire's second title, jumped straight to the top of the Steam best-seller list and instantly became one of the top-ten most played FPS games in the world. With some of the most-played PC multiplayer games on the market and over 1,000,000 units sold on PC, Tripwire Interactive have proven that with hard work, determination, and great distribution partners, independent game developers can still make a big splash in the games industry. And if that wasn’t enough, in 2010, Tripwire is publishing Zeno Clash, The Ball, and Dwarfs, bringing more independent developers’ products to the world. For more information visit Tripwire Interactive's website at www.tripwireinteractive.com.
About Teotl Studios
Based in Vittinge, Sweden, Teotl Studios is a game development start-up focused on creating quality and immersive single player experiences. The staff is a unique mix of seasoned veterans and talented enthusiasts.
The studio's first title, The Ball, started out as a critically acclaimed mod. It came second in the 2010 edition of Epic Games' "$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal" competition, and also secured ModDB's "Best Singleplayer Mod of 2008" award. Recently the game was awarded funding by the Nordic Game Program, an initiative from the Scandinavian governments to promote and support regional game development. With the full version of The Ball, Teotl Studios aims to continue this success and present the world with an atmospheric, memorable, and above all fun experience. For more information visit Teotl's website at www.teotlstudios.com.
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics and best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains those features in addition to multi-core processor support, Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 optimizations, massive world support and a highly mature tool pipeline. Unreal Engine 3's consistently evolving toolset is designed to accelerate developers' productivity for PC and console games, mobile games and applications, training simulations, visualizations and real-time 3D animation. Additional information on Unreal Engine 3 can be obtained through the Unreal Technology website at www.unrealtechnology.com.
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