E3 2011: More info on Blackwater from 505 Games

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More On: E3 2011 Blackwater
As posted earlier from Jeremy, one of 505 Games's upcoming titles Blackwater for the Xbox 360 Kinect.  505 Games has given a bit more detail concerning the upcoming game.

Blackwater will be an immersive FPX (First Person eXperience) exclusively for the Kinect that reinvents the modern combat shooter genre by allowing players to control the gameplay experience either by traditional controller or using the Kinect.  I've always wondered what FPS games would be like using the Kinect and if Blackwater does well, that could open the door for other FPS games for the Kinect (outside of what has/will be announced at E3).  Read on for some more info.

505 Games Drops Players Into High-Octane Shooter Combat With Blackwater,

Coming Exclusively to Kinect for Xbox 360®

Los Angeles, CA – June 6, 2011 – Global videogame publisher 505 Games today announced Blackwater, an immersive First Person eXperience (FPX) coming exclusively to Kinect for Xbox 360®. Produced by Pantierra and developed by Zombie Studios, Blackwater is titled for the former name of the private security company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, to provide training support to military and law enforcement agencies.

Blackwater reinvents the modern combat shooter genre by giving players the ability to completely control the gameplay experience using a traditional controller or Kinect for Xbox 360’s controller-free abilities which introduces an unprecedented level of immersion to the FPS genre.

"This game and its immersive Kinect-based approach will give players the chance to experience what it is like to be on a Blackwater team on a mission without being dropped into a real combat situation," said Prince.

505 Games will be providing a first look at the title to select press during the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, June 7-9, 2011.

“The Blackwater team is comprised of an amazing group of individuals and we’re proud to work with them to create a video game that showcases their talent and courage,” said Ian Howe, President, 505 Games. “Being able to get the controller out of player’s hands with Kinect and have them on the ground and immersed in the experience will give them a glimpse of what it takes to be a member of an elite fighting force.”

Based on a fictional story, the game was developed in conjunction with former members of the Blackwater team to ensure accuracy of moves, gestures and gameplay. The game also features a selection of officially-licensed weapons for your soldier to choose from.

Blackwater is an intense, cinematic shooter experience unlike anything you’ve ever played before. Lead a team of Blackwater Operators protecting a fictional North African town, battling dangerous warlords and fighting back two opposing militia forces. Using the motion-sensing Kinect controller players can do everything from moving their character to aiming and firing a weapon as you work your way through pressure-filled missions. The game is also playable with a standard controller.

Blackwater is scheduled to release in fall 2011. The game is developed under a trademark license agreement. ESRB rating for this game is pending. For more information on 505 Games, please visit their official website at www.505Games.com.


About 505 Games
Based in Los Angeles, CA, 505 Games (U.S.) is the North American division of 505 Games, a global videogame publisher. Launched in the U.S. in 2008, 505 Games publishes quality interactive entertainment on all handheld, mobile and console gaming platforms, offering a broad selection of videogame titles in all genres for players of all ages.

For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.com.

About Blackwater

The Blackwater game is developed under a license agreement. Blackwater is a licensed property and titled for the former name of the private security company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, to provide training support to military and law enforcement agencies.

About Pantierra

Pantierra is a production company, combining talents with backgrounds as diverse as military, sport and entertainment, whose goal is to create and bring to market interactive entertainment properties.

About Zombie Studios

Seattle based Zombie Studios is an independent developer of console, PC, mobile and web-based games. Founded in 1994, Zombie has designed and produced more than 24 original game titles for worldwide distribution on virtually every major platform - from SEGA Genesis to Xbox 360 and the PlayStation3 system. Zombie specializes in military first person shooters including America's Army, Shadow Ops: Red Mercury, Delta Force: Task Force Dagger and Rainbow Six: Covert Ops. For more information please visit www.zombie.com.