(March 4, 2009 – Burbank, CA) – “Watchmen: The End is Nigh,” a long-form downloadable videogame published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, launches today on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PC via download and on March 5, 2009 on the PlayStation® Network. “Watchmen: The End is Nigh” is a prequel to the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Watchmen” film, which opens in theatres nationwide on March 6, 2009.
“Watchmen: The End is Nigh” takes place over a decade before the film’s main story, delving into the partnership of urban vigilantes Rorschach and Nite Owl before the hero-banning Keene Act. Developed by Deadline Games A/S, “Watchmen: The End is Nigh” is a hardcore mature action brawler featuring bloody visceral combat in settings which are reminiscent of the film.
Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley, stars of the upcoming “Watchmen” film, also lend their voices to the respective roles of Nite Owl and Rorschach in “Watchmen: The End is Nigh.” Both Rorschach and Nite Owl are playable characters and each features distinct combat abilities, as well as a collection of his own unique finishing moves—such as Rorschach’s Rage and the technical prowess of Nite Owl’s Owlsuit.
“‘Watchmen: The End is Nigh’ is a unique downloadable game, providing players with a solid, gripping action experience inspired by what is portrayed in the ‘Watchmen’ film,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game’s stylized graphics were created to match the look and feel of the film, and offer an interactive environment in which gamers can experience more back-story about the Watchmen universe.”
“Watchmen: The End is Nigh” features a split screen co-op multiplayer option in addition to a single-player experience with an A.I. partner. Staying true to the tone of the film on which it’s based, “Watchmen: The End is Nigh” features stunning graphics in moody settings. Players can take on as many as twenty enemies at the same time in bloody, street-fighting gameplay action. The game contains six distinct chapters, built around events referenced in the film, allowing for hours of intense gameplay.
Opening nationwide on March 6, 2009, “Watchmen” is a complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock—which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union—moves closer to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach uncovers a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with catastrophic consequences for the future.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures present, in Association with Legendary Pictures, a Lawrence Gordon/Lloyd Levin Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Watchmen.” The film stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson. “Watchmen” is directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay is by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based upon the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC Comics. Herbert W. Gains and Thomas Tull are the executive producers, with Wesley Coller serving as co-producer.
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About Deadline Games
Deadline Games is a video game developer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has been developing video games since 1995 and employs a staff of more than 60. For more information please visit: http://www.deadlinegames.com .
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