Valve Software sends along the official announcement of SiN Episodes (awkward
capitalization and all), Ritual Entertainment's recently revealed
), upcoming episodic shooter sequel to be released via the
service. Here's the news:
RITUAL ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS "SiN
Action-Packed Return to Freeport City Powered by the SourceTM Engine
Dallas, TX - July 7, 2005 -- Ritual Entertainment™ today announced the
development of SiN Episodes™, featuring the highly anticipated return of Elexis
Sinclaire, the world's most dangerous and seductive biochemist, and the only man
who stands in her way, John R. Blade. The sworn enemies face off in Freeport
City, a near-future mixture of San Francisco, Tokyo and New York, all set inside
the unrestricted SiN universe.
The upcoming SiN Episodes chapter entitled Emergence is the first in a series of
episodic adventures powered by the award-winning Source ™ engine developed by
Valve®. Delivered on Steam™, the online content delivery system, Sin Episodes
takes a bold new step into the future of gaming.
"Combining the incredible power of the Source engine with episodic content
delivery via Steam has empowered us to raise the bar on key features of the SiN
universe, interactivity, character driven gameplay, and emergent AI," said Tom
Mustaine, cofounder and Director of Development for Ritual.
"Digitally delivered episodic content is the next frontier in the games
industry," said Steve Nix, Ritual CEO, affording the award-winning development
studio unprecedented flexibility. "Episodic development gives Ritual the
opportunity to be much more responsive to community feedback and industry
trends. We can adjust our content to deliver maximum entertainment value with
"One of our goals for Steam and Source is to provide a viable platform for
independent developers who would rather be working on original IP," said Gabe
Newell, founder and president of Valve. "It's great to be working with Ritual
again as they take this pioneering step for the industry. I look forward to
purchasing my copy of SiN: Emergence."
SiN Episodes expands on the role of Colonel John R. Blade, a battle worn hero in
charge of HardCorps, an elite strike force with a long history of conflict with
SinTEK, a powerful multibillion dollar empire headed up by Elexis Sinclaire, a
beautiful, brilliant, and ruthless scientist who is out to remake humanity
according to her own twisted vision. Joining Blade on his mission are JC, a
HardCorps hacker with a secret to keep, and Jessica Cannon, a fiery rookie who
can find her way into any secure facility.
SiN Episodes: Emergence features never before seen weapons, characters and
environments along with a host of interactive options, paying homage to its
predecessors, SiN and its expansion pack, Wages of SiN, which set a new bar for
interactivity. Additional information and purchasing options will be announced
on www.sinepisodes.com or
www.steampowered.com at a later date.
An 8-page preview of SiN Episodes: Emergence is featured in PCGamer UK's August
issue, which hits newsstands on July 7th, 2005. The article includes exclusive
images from the game along with additional materials available on the
accompanying PCGamer UK DVD.