Heatseeker Sidewinding Into Production

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Today, Codemasters (ArchLord, TOCA Race Driver series) announced Heatseeker, which promises to be an explosive 21st century military aerial combat extravaganza.  It's on track for a Q1 2007 release and will be landing on the Wii, the PSP, and the PS2.  If you're ready for some arcade-oriented lock-on/shake-off missile combat then dust off your aviator glasses and bomber jackets and have 'em on standby for early next year.



Putting players in the pilot’s seat – Heatseeker offers blow-you-away modern military air combat

Los Angeles (October 5, 2006) – Delivering the fiercest collection of modern military jet fighters, Codemasters today announced Heatseeker, an original title that’s set to be the most explosive, destructive and exhilarating arcade aerial combat experience ever. On target for take off in Q1 2007, Heatseeker will lead its attack on Wii, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

Designed to be an incredible lock-on/shake-off experience, Heatseeker reinvents missile combat to give gamers a massive rush of destruction. Set to feature an incredible collection of current and near-future military fighter jets, Heatseeker’s arsenal includes the stealthy F-22Raptor, the classic F-15 Eagle, the cutting-edge F35® Lightening II®, and the aerodynamically advanced Russian SU-47 Berkut.

 “If you like fast and furious action, and blowing everything in sight to bits, then Heatseeker is a dream come true,” said Andrew Wensley, senior producer for Heatseeker at Codemasters. “Expect the greatest military aircraft armed to the teeth with the latest hardware, big explosions, great smoke trails, and gung-ho heroics.”

Heatseeker is a joint development project between Codemasters and IR Gurus, the Australian studio behind the acclaimed historic air combat title, Heroes of the Pacific.

“The Heroes air combat engine is being advanced and getting armed to the teeth with the latest military hardware,” said Ben Palmer, executive producer, IR Gurus. “It’s set in a realistic now-time world, that’s cohesive and believable, but the speed of play will feel like lightening.”

Heatseeker will strap players into the pilot’s seat and deliver an exhilarating white-knuckle ride that’ll have them clutching the joypad as they engage in face-melting 6G turns and fight against a seemingly-impossible amount of airborne enemies. And when gamers launch a strike, they will follow their missiles as they ruthlessly hone in on their targets via the Impact Cam. Delivering awesome cinematic 3rd-person camera cutaway scenes, the Impact Cam will reveal the results of attacks in all their devastating glory from all kinds of dynamic angles, complete with jaw-dropping explosions and smoke trails.

With missions across the U.S., down to the Caribbean, across Antarctica and into the Far East, it’ll be high-velocity combat all the way that’ll see players constantly switching from predator to prey as an enemy missiles lock on.

Throughout the game’s campaigns, players will be proving their right to fly with the best. Are they good enough to advance ahead of their fellow pilots and stay top? Can they throw their aircraft to the floor, twist and turn, and punch out counter measures as they pull as many Gs as necessary to out-manuever the missile? Basically, are players good enough to stay alive?

Putting players right in the center of the action, Heatseeker will deliver the latest fighters, current conflicts, black ops, grey and white missions and a constant stream of macho military radio traffic to build the atmosphere.  Heatseeker will launch Q1 2007 for Wii, PlayStation®2 system and the PSP® system. Aspiring fighter pilots can sign up for additional and exclusive briefings online at www.codemasters.com/heatseeker.
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