It's blood, sweat and fears as the Clive Barker's Jericho™ playable demo goes live.

Prepare to confront evil and then blast its face off as Codemasters announces the release of the Clive Barker's Jerichoplayable demo.

The demo is now available from Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox™ 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and the Games for Windows® demo available from www.codemasters.co.uk In Europe and PAL territories, the demo will be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system on October 4th from PLAYSTATION®Network*.

Clive Barker's Jericho dispatches players to the Middle-Eastern city of Al-Khali. Controlling the Jericho squad, a team skilled in both conventional and paranormal warfare, players fight through different time periods from the city's history on a gruelling journey to unravel the legend of the First Born, God's first aborted creation of man and source of ultimate evil.

Thrusting gamers into the heart of this unique horror FPS, the demo is taken from the time of the Crusades in Al-Khali's past. A vicious attack has divided the squad, with one half presumed lost. As the demo opens, players join Sergeant Billie Church, Lieutenant Abigail Black and Sergeant Frank Delgado in the blood-drenched sewers and catacombs of a fortress.

Playing as Captain Devin Ross, the fallen squad leader who as a spirit is able to possess and heal individual members of the team, players must take advantage of Church, Black and Delgado's paranormal talents.

Delgado, a pyromancer and heavy weapons expert, can unleash a parasitic flame spirit to incinerate nearby enemies and wields a 7.62 calibre Minigun.

Church, a blood scribe, casts powerful wards, enchantments and banishments through the ritual of drawing her own blood. She also comes equipped with a customised Nodachi for ruthless melee attacks.

Black possesses astonishing telekentic powers, which lets her guide bullets fired from her customised XM-110 sniper rifle with pinpoint accuracy through multiple targets.

Only by combining the unique squad abilities of this paranormal fighting force can gamers survive this hellish nightmare and come closer to the truth.

Right from the off, players face a vicious onslaught from an army of grotesque crusader warriors. These twisted and tormented enemies, whose armour is fused with their rotting flesh and limbs replaced with axes and swords, are powerful, shocking realisations of monsters from the mind of CliveBarker.

Developed by Mercury Steam Entertainment, Clive Barker's Jericho will unleash its supernatural assault from October 26th 2007 (PAL territories) for the  PLAYSTATION 3 system, Xbox 360 and Games for Windows.

For the latest on the game, including the Games for Windows demo, be sure to visit

www.codemasters.co.uk/jericho and enter the community's 'Game With Pain' competition. The grand prize for building a winning Clive Barker's Jericho fansite is the ultimate horror gaming set up, including a monster HDTV and surround sound system; discover more at www.codemasters.co.uk/jericho/community

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    <*>In the U.S., the demo is now available from PLAYSTATION®Network for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. It will be available in Europe/PAL territories from PLAYSTATION®Network on October 4th.

ABOUT CLIVE BARKER'S JERICHO™

Clive Barker's Jericho™ is a terrifying squad-based horror FPS game based on an original concept and story by legendary horror writer and film maker Clive Barker, the creator of Hellraiser. An ancient evil has broken through into our world and is threatening to spread its taint across the whole of the earth unless it's stopped. At ground zero lies the Middle Eastern city of Al-Khali, a modern city built atop the ancient ruins of a dozen previous conquerors.

Clive Barker's Jericho delivers an overload of sensory horror. Players journey through hellish locations and slices of time combating gruesome and twisted enemies. A squad-based horror FPS, the Jericho of the title refers to the Jericho Team, a seven-man strike force that protects government interests from paranormal threats. Trained in both conventional warfare and the arcane arts, each Jericho Team member is an expert in different para-psychological disciplines, including telekinesis, pyromancy, blood magic and exorcism and more.


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