Milton Keynes, UK– June 6, 2011– Global videogame publisher 505 Games today announced Blackwater , an immersive First Person eXperience (FPX) coming exclusively to Kinect for Xbox 360®. Produced by Pantierra and developed by Zombie Studios, Blackwater takes its title from the former name of the private security company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, to provide training support to military and law enforcement agencies.
Blackwater reinvents the modern combat shooter genre by giving players the ability to completely control the gameplay experience using a traditional controller or Kinect for Xbox 360’s controller-free abilities, introducing an unprecedented level of immersion to the FPS genre.
"This game and its immersive Kinect-based approach will give players the chance to experience what it is like to be on a Blackwater team on a mission without being dropped into a real combat situation," said Prince.
505 Games will be providing a first look at the title to select press during the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, 7-9th June, 2011.
“The Blackwater team is comprised of an amazing group of individuals and we’re proud to work with them to create a video game that showcases their talent and courage,” said Ian Howe, President, 505 Games.“Being able to get the controller out of player’s hands with Kinect and have them on the ground and immersed in the experience will give them a glimpse of what it takes to be a member of an elite fighting force.”
Based on a fictional story, the game was developed in conjunction with former members of the Blackwater team to ensure accuracy of moves, gestures and gameplay. The game also features a selection of officially licensed weapons for your soldier to choose from.
Blackwater is an intense, cinematic shooter experience unlike anything you’ve ever played before. Lead a team of Blackwater Operators protecting a fictional North African town, battling dangerous warlords and fighting back two opposing militia forces. Using the motion-sensing Kinect controller players can do everything from moving their character to aiming and firing a weapon as you work your way through pressure-filled missions. The game is also playable with a standard controller.
Blackwater is scheduled to release in autumn 2011. The game is developed under a trademark license agreement. ESRB rating for this game is pending. For more information on 505 Games, please visit their official website at www.505Games.com.
About 505 Games
505 Games is a global publisher of video games, publishing games for all ages across multiple platforms including, Microsoft Xbox 360®, Sony PlayStation® 3, Nintendo Wii™ and DS, PC download, Facebook, iPhone®, Xbox LIVE®, and PlayStation®Network.
505 Games has offices in key territories around the world to publish and distribute its library of successful titles which include ArmA II, IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, the Cooking Mama World series, Naughty Bear, Backbreaker and Zumba Fitness.
505 Games is headquartered in Milton Keynes– UK, with international offices in Lyon (France), Munich (Germany), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Los Angeles (U.S.A). A further network of key distribution partners based in Nordic territories and Australia enable global distribution of 505’s titles.
To see the latest releases, news and more about 505 Games go to: www.505games.co.uk
The Blackwater game is developed under a license agreement. Blackwater is a licensed property and titled for the former name of the private security company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, to provide training support to military and law enforcement agencies.
Pantierra is a production company, combining talents with backgrounds as diverse as military, sport and entertainment, whose goal is to create and bring to market interactive entertainment properties.
About Zombie Studios
Seattle based Zombie Studios is an independent developer of console, PC, mobile and web-based games. Founded in 1994, Zombie has designed and produced more than 24 original game titles for worldwide distribution on virtually every major platform - from SEGA Genesis to Xbox 360 and the PlayStation3 system. Zombie specializes in military first person shooters including America's Army, Shadow Ops: Red Mercury, Delta Force: Task Force Dagger and Rainbow Six: Covert Ops. For more information please visit www.zombie.com.