The Nintendo Wii has earned exclusive entry into the latest House of the Dead, in The House of the Dead: OVERKILL
. It's been over five years since The House of the Dead III first ambled onto
the original Xbox, but OVERKILL
has scratched a grindhouse grain over its debut ads, which is nothing short of a brilliant move for this growing-old series. ("They've come for brains. You'll give them bullets.") But this is (likely) a case of a killer marketing team trumping the developer's designs. In the end, OVERKILL
's probably not going to be such a cooly-stylized event. If I'm proven wrong by its early 2009 release, I'll be more than happy to eat that crow.
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: OVERKILL BRINGS
PULP HORROR ACTION EXCLUSIVELY TO THE WII
They’ve come for brains, you’ll give them bullets!
SAN FRANCISCO & LEIPZIG (August 19, 2008) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced The House of the Dead: OVERKILL™, an all-new pulp horror reinvention of the classic SEGA light gun shooter franchise. Created by London-based studio Headstrong Games, The House of the Dead: OVERKILL takes gamers back to the beginning of the classic horror series. Available exclusively on the Wii™ home video game system and announced to coincide with the Games Convention at Leipzig, The House of the Dead: OVERKILL will be presented live by developer Headstrong Games for specially invited members of the press in SEGA’s business center suite.
The House of the Dead: OVERKILL uncovers the ugly, terrifying, bloody secrets behind The House Of The Dead, the daddy of all over-the-top light gun shooters. Staying true to the classic gameplay, the hugely successful SEGA light-gun series is reloaded with a new “grindhouse” look, a distinctive graphic style, retro music and a bold attitude that delivers a refreshing and riveting The House of the Dead experience. The adrenaline pumping action is amplified with new melee moves based on movements using the Wii Remote™, players will fight off zombies that get too close with pistol-whipping and shotgun-butting attacks that will knock jaws off and smash in zombie skulls.
“We wanted to do something really different with The House of the Dead: OVERKILL,” commented Bradley Crooks, Studio Head at Headstrong Games. “With SEGA, we’ve been able to create a fresh look for the franchise. I think you’ll agree it’s like nothing you’ve seen before on Wii.”
“The refreshing new visual style, bold art direction and visceral gameplay of The House Of Dead: OVERKILL truly makes it standout on the Wii,” says Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing for SEGA of America, Inc. “SEGA is committed to delivering unique gameplay experiences and The House of the Dead: OVERKILL certainly qualifies as one of our most innovative SEGA games coming to the Wii.”
The House of the Dead: OVERKILL takes place as Special Agent G – the hero of The House Of The Dead series – is given his first assignment fresh out of the AMS academy. Teamed up with hard-boiled Detective Washington, they are sent to investigate stories of mysterious disappearances in small-town Louisiana. Little do they know what blood-soaked mutant depravity awaits them in the streets and swamps of Bayou City…
The House of the Dead: OVERKILL will be released in early 2009, exclusively for the Wii™.
About SEGA of America Inc.:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America’s Web site is located at www.sega.com.
About SEGA Europe Ltd.:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe’s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
Based in the heart of London Headstrong Games Ltd. is a leading independent game developer of action and adventure games and part of Kuju Entertainment Ltd. The studio develops for a variety of hardware platforms and is a specialist in producing titles for the Wii. More information and details of Headstrong’s announced titles can be found at www.headstrong-games.com