NAMCO BANDAI GAMES SUPPORTS IOS 5 AND IPHONE 4S; LAUNCHES NEW TITLE SKY GAMBLERS™: RISE OF GLORY

SAN JOSE, Calif., (October 11, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that  Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory , developed by Revo Solutions, is now available on the App Store, coinciding with this week’s release of iOS 5 and iPhone 4S.  Taking advantage of the newly released features of iOS 5 and soon to be released features of iPhone 4S, the 3D World War I (WWI) aerial combat simulator puts players in the pilot seat as they immerse themselves in intense single-player or 8-player real-time multiplayer action.

Available for $4.99 as a universal app on the iPad and iPhone, the game takes advantage of the iOS 5 major software update, specifically AirPlay Mirroring, iCloud and Twitter integration.  With AirPlay Mirroring, players can fly through the missions with spectators watching the action on their HDTV using Apple TV.  Cockpit controls, game stats and scores are displayed to the user on the iPad 2 or iPhone 4S screen while friends and family get involved in all the high-definition glory on the big screen.

iCloud implementation allows players to wirelessly access their saved data, including unlocked levels and stats, planes and achievements from shared devices.  Direct Twitter integration encourages players to tweet stats or messages without having to leave the app.

“NAMCO BANDAI is consistently at the forefront of technology as new devices and features are released to market,” noted Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America.  “By engaging fans and community via social aspects like direct Twitter integration and  Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory’s  intense online dogfighting, it gives them a rewarding experience beyond just gaming.”

Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory  also features iPhone 4S-specific gaming features, utilizing the power of the A5 chip:

·         High Dynamic Range Rendering on the environment

·         Light Bloom effects for continuously photo-realistic experiences

·         Refraction of light detail inside the raindrops hitting the screen

“Sky Gamblers: Rise of Glory takes full advantage of the new features introduced in iOS 5 to bring users a truly unique gaming experience,” stated Eric Huynh, Chief Technology Officer, Mobile Development, NAMCO BANDAI Games America.  “This game showcases previously unseen visual spectacles including light refraction, sunlight detail, moving water reflections and bloom effects.”

Featuring 18 vivid and detailed landscapes,  Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory  provides 10 authentic WWI planes, including the Fokker DR1, Sopwith Triplane and Ilya Bomber.  The intuitive combination of touchscreen and accelerometer controls allow players to perform dizzying acrobatic maneuvers as they simultaneously learn to target and fire an array of weaponry.

Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory  features multiple modes, each fleshed out with in-depth gameplay:

·         Campaign Mode: 12 single-player missions including dogfights, bombing an airbase and performing reconnaissance, among others;

·         100 Dogfight Missions: direct air-to-air combat;

·         Custom Game: single-player training in Free-for-All, Team Deathmatch, Defend the Base and Capture the Flag;

·         Multiplayer: up to 8-player real-time multiplayer with four ways to battle

The title includes four multiplayer modes for both local WiFi and online matches.  Up to 8 players can compete in classic Free-for-All death matches or team-based games.  In team matches, players form squadrons to do battle in Team Deathmatch or more specialized objective-based missions like Defend the Base and Capture the Flag.  Players’ flying and combat skills are tracked with achievements and worldwide leaderboards through Game Center.

Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory  is the second title published since the official partnership with Revo Solutions, the developer and creators behind other highly successful online flight simulators.  “We integrated the best features from all our flight sims and adorned them in the nostalgic charm of early fighter planes,” commented the developer’s Business Development Manager, Andrei Hanganu.  “ Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory  is our best air combat game yet, with outstanding graphics, easy to use controls and enhanced online play. This is also the first title developed with a lot of involvement from our fans, to whom we are very grateful.”

The Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory  App is available for$4.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at  www.itunes.com/appstore.  To give consumers an opportunity to check out the gameplay before committing to the full game, a free demo of the title, Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory LITE, is available for download today, October 11, along with the full version.  The LITE version will be updated with iOS 5 and iPhone 4S features this Fall.

For more information on  Sky Gamblers™: Rise of Glory , please visit www.namcobandaigames.com/ios/sky-gamblers-rise-of-glory or www.facebook.com/namco.

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®.  More information about the company and its products can be found at  www.namcobandaigames.com or  www.facebook.com/namco.

About Revo Solutions

Revo Solutions is Romanian based video games developer with a primary aim of bringing awesome games to iOS. Being independent and young we take great pride and bringing to the mobile market games which pack a rewarding experience, spectacular graphics and of course, stupendous multi-player gameplay. More information on the company and other games can be found on our website:  www.revosolutionsgames.com.

Press Release © 2011 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

Contact:

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NAMCO BANDAI Games America

(408) 235-2142

rhoward@namcobandaigames.com

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