SCEA ships three PlayStation 2 holiday titles
New Ratchet & Clank, Killzone, and ATV: Offroad Fury 3 now available.

- Sony Computer Entertainment of America today announced that three of its first-party PlayStation 2 titles, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Killzone, and ATV: Offroad Fury 3, have been released today and are now available in all stores in North America. All three games feature an online mode, showing SCEA’s focus on promoting Internet gaming for the PlayStation 2.

The graciously titled Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, developed by Insomniac Games, the company that created Ratchet & Clank and the Spyro the Dragon series, will be the first platform game featuring a rich multiplayer online mode. The game will include 29 single-player locations, 20 weapons with up to five levels of upgrade for each weapon, and voice chat support for the online mode.

Insomniac took care to create a solid broadband only online mode for its new game. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal has ten new interactive online levels, all featuring Siege, Capture the Flag and Deathmatch modes. During the online game, players can gain control of diverse futuristic vehicles like the TurboSlider or the Hovership: two players can team up to operate vehicles simultaneously as one person controls the vehicle while the other uses its weapons. The online lobby lets players join and create clans of up to 64 players, select player skins, and track detailed stats. The game features also an offline split-screen multiplayer mode for up to four players, which requires a PlayStation 2 multitap.

Developed by Guerrilla, Killzone is a realistic squad based first person shooter that draws inspiration from military conflicts of the 20th century. The game has been designed to be fully enjoyed in single-player mode, but it features also a rich online mode with support for voice chat via the USB headset. Up to 16 players can play simultaneously with every man for himself in Deathmatch mode or as a team in five different fully customizable squad-based multiplayer modes (Team Deathmatch, Domination, Supply Drop, Assault and Defend & Destroy).

ATV Offroad Fury 3 has been developed by Climax Group Inc. and features new courses, larger environments, mini-games, more ATVs, and a new online mode. The game includes 24 ATVs, 38 vast free-roaming environments with six different terrain types (snow, dirt, mud, ice, water, grass), interactive sceneries, six race modes (practice, lap attack, single race, championships, freeride, multiplayer games) and new short track, one-day events, and championship competitions. ATVs are made of 25 different parts that the user can customize, along with color designs and logos. The online game for broadband users supports up to six players with voice chat via the USB headset and a new scoreboard system that records event data for players and clans within all race types and features community options like buddy lists, message boards, chat rooms, and instant messaging.

(Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 2:56PM GMT)

- Harry

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