VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES AND 2015 ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT OF MEN OF VALOR: VIETNAM Sierra Entertainment to Publish Next Installment from 2015
BELLEVUE, WA (January 22, 2003) - Last year, 2015 released one of the more exceptional World War II first person shooters - Medal of Honor Allied Assault(tm) - on January 22, 2002. On the anniversary of that release, Vivendi Universal Games announced today the development of Men of Valor: Vietnam(tm) for the PC and the Xbox( video game system from Microsoft. Men of Valor: Vietnam, developed by 2015, Inc. and published by Sierra Entertainment, is a historical first-person shooter that portrays infantry combat during the Vietnam War. Combining the latest Unreal technology with the gameplay expertise of 2015, Men of Valor transports the player to the humid jungles of Southeast Asia in the most controversial conflict of the modern era.
"With Medal of Honor Allied Assault, 2015 took steps towards developing a new type of first- person shooter that highlighted the excitement and danger of military conflict during World War II. Rather than place the player in the role of a traditional first-person shooter, the player was made to experience the vulnerability and heroism of the soldier taking part in a great crusade," said Tom Kudirka, President, 2015, Inc. "In the same way, Men of Valor: Vietnam aims to recreate the tension, risk, and excitement of the jungle battlefields of the Vietnam War."
The storyline follows the player through the major actions in the conflict, from search and destroy missions around Danang airbase to the Tet offensive and the counterattack on Hue. A cast of AI controlled characters accompanies the player through the missions, and he learns their value and mourns their loss as the war progresses. The game will support a cooperative mode that allows the player to experience the entire tour of duty with his friends, and various multiplayer modes allow the player to experience the war from the perspective of North Vietnamese Army or Viet Cong guerillas as well as US Forces.
Men of Valor: Vietnam will be available in 2004 on Xbox and PC with an ESRB rating pending.
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About 2015 2015, Inc., is a cutting edge game development company specializing in 3D action games. The Company's goal is to create the next generation of innovative and exciting action games, introducing more strategy, adventure and interaction to the 3D gaming experience. 2015 was founded in 1997 by its President and CEO, Tom Kudirka and is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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