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Atari to publish Blade Kitten

Posted by: Sean Colleli at 6/3/2010 11:13 AM
In the mood for something cute but still a little violent? Atari has you covered with Blade Kitten. Based on the comic book adventures of conspicuously pink bounty hunter Kit Ballard, the game serves as a prequel to the events in the comic. I'm liking the art style so far--you don't see comic style graphics done well very often. The game is being developed for XBLA, PSN and PC by the venerable Krome Studios. I know Krome has some financial issues recently, so I'm glad to see them bouncing back and working on an interesting new IP.



ATARI TO PUBLISH BLADE KITTEN FOR

XBOX LIVE ARCADE, PLAYSTATION NETWORK AND WINDOWS PC DOWNLOAD



- Blade Kitten Comic Series Comes to Life for Gamers September 2010 -



New York, NY — June 2, 2010 — Atari, Inc., one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, announced today that they have acquired the rights to publish Blade Kitten, the videogame based on the comic book series by creator Steve Stamatiadis. Developer Krome Studios brings bounty hunter Kit Ballard to digital life with Blade Kitten which Atari will release this September for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network, and Windows PC Download at Atari.com.



“Bringing the anime-inspired universe of Blade Kitten to life via Xbox LIVE Arcade, Playstation®Network and PC Download is sure to resonate with gamers,” says Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Atari, Inc. “With high-quality, colorful arcade action, which translates incredibly from comic book to videogame and a new spin on side-scrolling non-stop action to an already rabid platforming fan base of gamers on XBLA and PSN, we are looking forward to a successful launch.”



Blade Kitten marks the latest creation by Mr. Stamatiadis, who is also the force behind the multi-million selling TY the Tasmanian Tiger series. In Blade Kitten, a prequel to the comics set three years prior, players are invited into the world of Hollow Wish where they take on the role of Kit Ballard, one of the best bounty hunters in the business. With her pink hair and tail, Kit is part cat, part girl - and fully lethal. As one of the last of her species, Kit commands her unique “Darque Blade” hovering sword to defeat enemies. Also along for the ride is Skiffy, Kit’s laid-back sidekick who lends a hand in collecting items, solving puzzles, and when needed, serves as Kit’s protector.



Blade Kitten goes beyond most downloadable titles to deliver a strong narrative, with high-quality cinematics, and a colorful, frenetic visual style, that lends to the pick-up-and-play arcade action. Players will jump right in and easily begin exploring and fighting their way through 19 levels, including three exploration levels with Noot (a rideable alien mount). Blade Kitten also features straight forward gameplay mechanics, intuitive “scramble style” exploration, fully voiced dialogue, dramatic narrative and powerful visual direction.



For more information, please log onto www.atari.com and www.bladekitten.com



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Atari benefits from its global brand and an extensive catalogue of popular games based on classic game franchises (Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Lunar Lander®), original owned franchises (Test Drive®, Backyard Sports™, Deer Hunter®), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online, Champions Online) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters®, Project Runway™, Rollercoaster Tycoon®, Dungeons and Dragons®).



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About Krome Studios

Headquartered in Brisbane, with offices in Melbourne and Adelaide, Krome Studios is Australia’s largest video game developer and a leading independent developer of video games worldwide. Founded in 1999, the company has developed 19 games comprising of 95 SKUs for video game systems and personal computers. Krome’s multi-million selling titles (licensed and original game properties, including the hit TY the Tasmanian Tiger™ ) are powered by the company’s proprietary “Merkury” engine technology, ensuring its cutting edge games are developed on schedule, and on budget. More information about Krome can be found on the internet at http://www.kromestudios.com



Blade Kitten and Krome Studios are trademarks of Krome Studios PTY, Ltd.