Konami has announced that Death, JR.
is in development for the PSP. The game is said to be creating a buzz due to its intense visuals and sophisticated 3D engine. It's a first person shooter that is intermixed with third-person platforming and a heavy dose of action. The game's uniqueness is derived from a scythe which can be used as a weapon and a platforming tool.
No solid release date has been announced yet, but late 2005 is probably a safe bet.
KONAMI ANNOUNCES PLANS TO PUBLISH DEATH, JR. FOR THE PSP HANDHELD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. â€“ January 27, 2005 â€“ Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced plans to publish Death, Jr., one of the most highly anticipated titles for the forthcoming PSPâ„¢ handheld entertainment system. Already creating a buzz in the video game industry for its surprising amount of visual effects, including a unique particle-effect system and sophisticated 3D engine which provide some of the best graphics on the PSP handheld system, Death, Jr. is emerging as a must-have title for SCEAâ€™S new portable gaming system.
â€œDeath, Jr. is a groundbreaking title for the new PSP handheld system and a perfect compliment to the Konami catalog of video games,â€ said Dennis Lee, product manager at Konami Digital Entertainment - America. â€œDeath, Jr.â€™s unique character design and engaging storyline about the mischievous son of the Grim Reaper is a fresh and original concept that has never been approached before and will appeal to a wide variety of gamers.â€
Developed by Backbone Entertainment, Death, Jr., seamlessly blends first-person shooter elements with third-person platforming action that serves up a large dose of intense gameplay and weapon-heavy combat. The game stars Death, Jr., a mischievous youngster who is armed with a mighty scythe, which serves as both a weapon and unique platforming tool.
Death, Jr. embarks with his friends on a school fieldtrip to the local museum. When the group sneaks away to explore on their own, they unwittingly unleash an ancient evil force from a mysterious locked box. Facing near insurmountable odds and the threat of being grounded and sent to military school, Death, Jr. and his pals must fight hoards of demons and their wicked master Moloch through the museum and surrounding town before anyone else finds out.
In order to avoid being punished for his mischief, and to save his friends from eternal suffering at the hands of Moloch, Death, Jr. must eliminate the evil demon scourge that has taken over the town. Armed with his scythe and an arsenal of guns and explosives, Death, Jr. will battle through numerous action-filled levels towards a final confrontation with Moloch himself.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to be working with Konami,â€ said Andrew Ayre, President of Backbone Entertainment. â€œKonamiâ€™s experience in successfully launching new franchise titles is second to none, and we canâ€™t imagine a better publishing partner on Death, Jr.â€
Death Jr. is well on its way to becoming a cross-media phenomenon. In addition to being one of the first announced titles for the PSP handheld system, Death, Jr. has a comic book published by Image Comicsâ„¢, a toy and collectibles line by Gentle Giantâ„¢ and a forthcoming movie currently in production.
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Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporationâ€™s action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment - America can be found at www.konami.com/gs.