Universe at War: Earth Assault Setting New Standards for Console RTS Gaming and Breaking New Ground with Cross-Platform Gameplay.
SAN FRANCISCO (March 25, 2008) - SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Universe at War: Earth AssaultTM for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft has shipped to retailers in North America. Developed by Petroglyph, this combat-intensive real-time strategy (RTS) game thrusts players into an epic struggle to prevent total annihilation of life on planet Earth. Universe at War: Earth Assault supports Microsoft’s Games for Windows® - LIVE initiative and allows cross-platform play between Windows-based PC and Xbox 360. In an effort to even the playing field, cross-platform play will be made available via free download in early April 2008.
Universe at War: Earth Assault is set in the near-future, when Earth has become a battleground for three different alien factions: the ravenous Hierarchy and their massive war machines called “Walkers;” the futuristic Novus with their swarms of robots and nanotechnology; and the mysterious Masari, ancient astronauts who awaken from centuries of slumber below the world’s oceans to turn the conflict into a three-way war.
The control scheme in Universe at War: Earth Assault for Xbox 360 has been designed to streamline every possible function in an RTS for use with a console controller. The game features a quick “snap-to” function that allows players to access adjacent units and points of conflict very quickly with the D-pad. Another innovative control feature is the “paint brush” function, which allows easy selection of multiple different units. This function also allows players to quickly and easily assign control groups.
Universe at War: Earth Assault also employs a unique balance system called “Tactical Dynamics.” This groundbreaking feature allows players to retrain and customize units in the midst of battle to better cope with enemy forces and challenging tactical situations. Weaponry and defenses can even be modified in real-time, allowing players to take advantage of constantly shifting battlefield conditions. Fully customizable tech trees allow players to control the development of technologies that they deem key to victory. With deadly super-weapons and alien powers, players can destroy large-scale cities and whole territories in one devastating move.
Universe at War: Earth Assault for Xbox 360 is rated “T” by the Entertainment Software Rating Board and will retail for $59.95. For more information on the game, please visit www.sega.com/universeatwar.
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