SIERRA STUDIOS(tm) ANNOUNCES HALF-LIFE: BLUE SHIFT
Exclusive New Mission for Sega Dreamcast(tm) Officially Named
BELLEVUE, WA (August 29, 2000) - Sierra Studios(tm) and Gearbox Software announced
today Half-Life: Blue Shift, the name of the exclusive mission being developed
as an additional offering in Half-Life Dreamcast. This special mission surrounding
the Black Mesa security guard from the original game is being custom created
for the Dreamcast console system by Gearbox Software, the Texas-based development
team that created Half-Life: Opposing Force(tm), the official PC expansion for
Half-Life and winner of the 2000 Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences'
PC Action Game of the Year.
Scheduled for release November 1st, Half-Life Dreamcast is in development by
Northern California-based Captivation Digital Laboratories in conjunction with
Gearbox Software and Valve. Half-Life: Dreamcast is set to be even more extraordinary
than the original PC version. In addition to Half-Life: Blue Shift, the Sega
Dreamcast edition includes the original version of Half-Life with several enrichments,
including highly detailed characters, enhanced weapons, and more articulate
animation to showcase the power of the Sega Dreamcast and deliver a fresh and
exciting experience for console gamers.
Half-Life combines great storytelling with intense action and advanced technology
to create an impressive, realistic world where players need to think smart to
survive. Originally created for the PC by Valve, Half-Life has won more than
50 Game of the Year awards from publications around the world, was named "Best
PC Game Ever" by Imagine Media's PC Gamer magazine (November 1999), and
has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Founded in January 1999, Gearbox Software is a team of veteran 3D game developers
collected in Dallas, Texas. The Gearbox crew is made up of artists, designers,
and programmers who joined forces to form their own development house after
stints at a variety of companies, including 3D Realms, Microprose and Ritual.
Half-Life: Opposing Force is the company's first offering to the gaming community
and is the recipient of the prestigious 2000 Academy of Interactive Arts &
Sciences' PC Action Game of
Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com/
is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive
entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is a division of Havas Interactive,
a global leader in interactive content, and is one of the world's largest publishers
of education, entertainment and home productivity software. Its divisions, Blizzard
Entertainment(r), Coktel, Knowledge Adventure(r), Sierra(tm) and Flipside.com(tm)
are famous for releasing critically acclaimed and award winning titles. Havas
has operations in the US and in Europe and is a subsidiary of the French publishing
house Havas, part of Vivendi Communications.