EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - June 15, 2010 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that actor Tobin Bell will return as Jigsaw, voicing the bone-chilling character in the upcoming video game sequel of the most successful horror franchise in history - SAW. Currently in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, SAW II: Flesh & Blood introduces a new storyline that will haunt players as they go deeper into the horror and mystery of Jigsaw's subjects.
"Tobin Bell had such a prevailing performance in the first SAW game that there was no question about bringing him back for the sequel," said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. "Having Tobin's voice and likeness in SAW II: Flesh & Blood will give players their own haunting one-on-one relationship with Jigsaw, creating a horrifying and frightening experience that no SAW fan will ever forget."
"We are excited Tobin Bell is lending his voice once again for the video games second installment,SAW II: Flesh & Blood. It's important for us to bring the original SAW elements into the gamers view while staying consistent and keeping our die hard fans happy," said franchise producers, Mark Burg and Oren Koules of Twisted Pictures.
The award-winning actor, Tobin Bell, has claimed two MTV Movie Award nominations and three consecutive Spike TV Scream Award nominations for "Best Villain." Winning the Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Award for "Best Butcher," Bell's Jigsaw is widely regarded as one of cinema's most terrifying villains. His chilling and immediately recognizable voice is essential to the terror, because he rarely confronts his victims in person, preferring to communicate via recordings, speaking through a puppet named Billy. Jigsaw traps his victims in brutal mechanical devices and forces them to acknowledge the mistakes in their life while testing their resolve to live, usually with gruesome and deadly consequences.
Following the success of the first SAW video game, SAW II: Flesh & Blood invites players back into Jigsaw's twisted world in an entirely new storyline that takes place between the first and second film. This time around, players are put in the shoes of Detective Tapp's estranged son Michael, who has been captured by Jigsaw after betraying his father. As the game evolves, players will face mind-bending puzzles, as they navigate their way through Jigsaw's terrifying world, and defend themselves against his minions. And of course, players must survive a new collection of stomach-twisting traps such as "Elevator Music," which chains victims to an elevator that will tear their bodies in half if they fail to solve three sets of puzzles before time runs out.
SAW II: Flesh & Blood will be released in North America, as will the seventh installment of the SAWfilm franchise in 3-D, which is expected to hit theaters nationwide this Halloween. For more information about the game, please visit: www.konami.com/.