is not the name of some weird independant game but rather the new survival horror game from DreamCatcher. The game treads some familiar genre grounds as a group of five high school students discover that their school is more than it seems (is it set in Sunnydale High?). The cool feature of the game looks to be the co-op mode of the game which allows a buddy to get in and out of the game. Sounds pretty cool and hopefully the game will offer Xbox and PS2 owners something to sooth their Resident Evil envy when it hits stores in March.
Survival Horror Game Comes to North America for WindowsÂ®, XboxÂ® and PlayStationÂ®2
Toronto, January 17, 2005 - DreamCatcher Games today announced it has joined forces with MC2 to publish and distribute Obscure in North America. This Survival Horror game will be available for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and for WindowsÂ® in March 2005.
In the style of Hollywoodâ€™s popular horror movie genre, Obscure tracks a group of five all-American high school students who discover the halls they walk each day are anything but safe from their most horrifying nightmares. A string of mysterious disappearances and unexplained events set the stage for a night more horrifying than any trip to detention...
"A captivating thriller can spark fear in the heart of anyone,â€ said Byron Gaum, Product Manager for DreamCatcher Games. â€œBut books and movies just canâ€™t compare to the fully interactive scare one will experience when they play Obscure.â€
Obscure offers a wide range of gameplay options to see gamers through their night of terror. Players customize their action experience, interchanging between any characters at any time, utilizing the unique skills and abilities of each student. Controlled AI settings of defense, attack and help, allow characters to assist each other during combat and while solving puzzles.
The game also offers single or team play, with a second player able to enter or exit the game at any time for a unique co-op experience. Obscure is also one of the first survival horror games to propose a full cooperative mode: a second player can take control of another student and work together to fight monsters and resolve puzzles, adding a new level of challenge to the game.
Stress runs high as players are constantly vulnerable to attack, even when they least expect it! Monsters also face their share of vulnerability when players combine conventional weapons with natural and artificial light, exploiting their weak spots. A â€œblack auraâ€ feature intensifies stress, making dangerous elements visible on screen through real-time graphic effects. To keep the player fully immersed in virtual panic, dynamic camera settings allow for complete freedom of movement, making it possible to shoot and move simultaneously.
Developed by Hydravision, Obscure has an ESRB rating of â€˜Mâ€™ for Mature. For more information visit the official website http://www.obscure-game.com
About DreamCatcher Games
DreamCatcher Games is a fast-growing worldwide publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software committed to release action, strategy and role-playing games on WindowsÂ®, PlayStationÂ®2 and XboxÂ® gaming systems. Its large portfolio of games includes the critically acclaimed title Painkiller, a popular and best-selling action shooter game.
More information about DreamCatcher Games and its products can be found at http://www.dreamcatchergames.com.
Born from the fusion of MicroÃ¯dsâ€™ and Wanadoo Editionâ€™s activities, MC2 is now one of the leading video games studios and publishers in Europe. With its publishing and distribution facilities in France and Italy as well as a publishing and development studio based in Montreal, MC2 has established a worldwide market presence. Today MC2 leads the adventure segment of the video games industry and enjoys international praise for hits such as the Syberia series. More information about MC2 and its products can be found at http://www.mc2-france.com/ and www.mc2-europe.com
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