Game Sets Visual and Audio
Precedent in the DVD Format
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July
28, 1999--Today, Psygnosis completed another PC gaming technology
milestone with the release of its first DVD computer game,
Offering a new dimension of sound
and vision to gamers, Lander, a space action/adventure game, sets
a precedent for the future of interactive entertainment with
advanced video and audio technology. At retail, Psygnosis will
offer Lander on both DVD-ROM and PC CD-ROM on separate discs in
"The market is craving DVD
content and the response to Lander by consumers, the media and our
technology partners has been phenomenal," commented Harry Vitelli,
Vice President, Marketing for Psygnosis US. "The highly realistic
motion-picture video sequences, along with Dolby® Digital 5.1
channel audio, make for a super realistic gameplay experience in
the DVD version. At the same, we wanted to be sure that all space
adventure game enthusiasts had equal opportunity to play the game,
so we're offering both the DVD and PC versions of Lander in the
The DVD version of Lander delivers
high-resolution MPEG 2 video sequences along with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio creating a true theatrical experience of both sight and
sound. Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is featured throughout the game,
both in the video sequences as well as mixed together with in-game
sound effects. The PC version of the game is also a fully-featured
game, offering both Dolby Surround sound and MPEG 1 video
sequences (slightly shorter in length) on a single CD-ROM.
Lander is also optimized to allow
gamers play the game's DVD movies and trailers on a DVD movie
player or, if they want, they can just listen to the game's
gorgeous sound track.
Skill is the name of the game as
you pilot a jet-powered interplanetary Lander through the Solar
System. The story begins in 3032, as you undertake an incredible
journey across the solar system to seek your fortune.
You are hired to undertake a
series of deep space industrial contracts, starting with a
scientific expedition to an ancient Mayan site on Earth. An
artifact is discovered -- an extra-terrestrial object left by some
unknown civilization. The key to its origin seems to lie among the
outer reaches of the planets. Powerful corporations want the
secret you are about to discover. Suddenly, your mission becomes a
great deal more dangerous.
With 30 missions and four craft to
chose from, there is plenty of action to show off your flying and
tracking skills. Using a unique thruster-based control system, you
must maneuver your Lander through difficult obstacles and traps on
land surfaces, in subterranean caverns and throughout planetary
installations. Atmospheric conditions vary based on the extremes
of the ground or space environments and external forces such as
gravity and wind tunnels challenge your piloting skill.
This attention to detail along
with the gripping, feature film-quality video sequences draw you
ever further into this deep and intriguing game. Extensive use is
made of real-time lighting to illustrate the effects of the sun
and moons across the planets and an eerie, futuristic sound-track
increases the atmospheric mood.
Finally, to make the gameplay even
more intrigue, Psygnosis has added multiplayer gameplay for up to
eight players over a LAN network or the Internet.
Psygnosis has created more than
130 titles in numerous game genres to critical acclaim. Amont the
company's most notable franchises the Lemmings(TM) puzzle game
series, Wipeout(TM), Destruction Derby®, Colony Wars(TM), G-Police(TM),
Rollcage(TM), and Formula 1. For more information about Psygnosis,
visit their website at www.psygnosis.com.
Psygnosis is a subsidiary of SONY.
Note to Editors: All game titles,
Psygnosis and the Psygnosis logo are TM or (R) and (c) 1990-9
Psygnosis Limited except Formula 1, an official product of the FIA
Formula One World Championship, which is licensed by Formula One
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