MINNEAPOLIS, MN– April 21, 2009– Videogame and peripheral developer and manufacturer, Griffin International, videogame publisher XS Games1, and the #1 outdoor retailer in America2, Bass Pro Shops, today revealed the first details of the upcoming outdoor sports videogames, The Strike and The Hunt . Currently in development, The Hunt and The Strike aim to deliver the most realistic hunting and fishing experiences to-date, combining detailed environments and engaging gameplay with highly interactive fishing pole and rifle controllers3. The Hunt and The Strike will be available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii™, and PC in 2009.
“By combining unique fishing pole and rifle peripherals with high-quality, immersive gameplay, The Strike and The Hunt truly capture the thrill of fishing and hunting and the memories and stories that go along with these beloved pastimes,” says Justin Royer, Vice President of Marketing and Brands at Griffin International. “As The Strike and The Hunt will appeal to gamers of all types, we think they have the potential to become the next must-have active, social party games.”
The Strike puts the fishing rod in players’ hands as they head out to their favorite fishing holes, including ten of North America’s greatest lakes. Featuring realistic lake bottom topography, advanced graphics, life-like fish behaviors, fully customizable characters and an abundance of boats, lures, rods and reels, The Strike offers virtual anglers the most realistic fishing game experience to-date. Players will enjoy a variety of game-play modes including Quick Fish, Career and Bass Pro Shops Invitational Tournament, or they can compete with friends in boat racing and casting challenges.
The Hunt drops players into the wilderness of North America’s most famous hunting locations where players will be able to stalk and hunt their prey using a variety of different firearms—bolt-action rifles, shotguns, pistols, bows, and knives. To help them in their hunt they will use Bass Pro Shops gear and equipment like calls, scents, stands and a uniquely designed GPS to guide the player to the action. The Hunt features three game modes: Quick Hunt, Career Mode, and the Bass Pro Shops Continental Classic Hunting Championship as well as four mini-games (Target Range shooting, ATV Racing, Blind Fire, and Coyote Cruise).
To develop The Strike and The Hunt, Griffin International is leveraging its Psyclone division, a leading developer of videogame accessories, to build the custom fishing pole and rifle peripherals. The software is being developed by Piranha Games Inc., a Vancouver based game development company with 10 years experience and 17 shipped titles.
The Strike and The Hunt are scheduled for release in Fall 2009.
Press assets, including screenshots and box art, can be found:
1 - XS games is the publisher for The Hunt and The Strike for Wii.
2 - As ranked by Sporting Goods Business Magazine.
3– The Precision Pointer rifle controller is available for Wii only.
About Griffin International
Griffin International is a major supplier, manufacturer, marketer and importer of electronics and a wide variety of other consumer products for Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, and other major retailers. Griffin International created the Psyclone brand to give gamers more of what they want in high-end connectors, controllers and other core video game accessories. In just five years, Psyclone has emerged in a very competitive industry to one of the top third party accessory companies.
About Bass Pro Shops
Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, Bass Pro Shops, also an international catalog and internet retailer, currently has 55 retail locations in 26 states and Canada visited by over 100 million people per year. In addition, Bass Pro Shops, also provides products and services for thousands of independent dealers world wide through its subsidiary company, American Rod&Gun. Bass Pro Shops gift cards can be purchased at over 10,000 retail outlets across America. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.
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