Addition to LucasArts' Acclaimed World War II Flight Combat Game Series
Developed by Lawrence Holland and Totally Games
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – April 18, 2003 – Inspired by its celebrated Secret
Weapons™ series of classic World War II flight combat games,
LucasArts announces Secret Weapons Over Normandy, which
brings the historic air battles of that era to PlayStation®2, the Xbox™
video game system from Microsoft, and PC this fall. Secret Weapons
Over Normandy presents a dynamic, deeply engaging story-driven
flight action experience that puts players in control of authentic World
War II aircraft and challenges them to undertake the war's most dangerous
Secret Weapons Over Normandy features gameplay accessible
to all audiences. Through more than 30 exhilarating air-to-air and
air-to-ground World War II missions, players engage in dogfights over the
turbulent skies of 15 unique combat theaters including Europe, the Eastern
Front, North Africa, China-Burma-India, and the Pacific. As a member of a
secret squadron of elite pilots, players can take to the skies in more
than 20 realistically modeled fighters and bombers as they progress
through the course of the game.
"LucasArts' first generation of World War II flight action games,
like Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe®, served to define
the genre back in the late 1980s and early 1990s," says Simon
Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "Given the current resurgence in
popularity of World War II-genre games, we're confident Secret
Weapons Over Normandy will have strong appeal not only to fans of
those acclaimed original games but also to a whole new generation of
players who are seeking a fun and accessible flight action
"Totally Games' development of Secret Weapons Over Normandy
draws on many of the techniques we used so effectively in the X-wing
series – epic missions tied to a dramatic plot, immersive combat,
distinctive characters, and cool aircraft and weaponry – all of which
will add up to a compelling World War II air combat game," says
Lawrence Holland, chief executive officer and creative director of Totally
Spanning a period of four years when world domination by the Third Reich
seemed a near certainty, Secret Weapons Over Normandy
allows players to relive the most infamous air battles of that era to help
swing the balance of power back to the Allied Forces. The game follows a
historically accurate timeline of key conflicts, beginning with the
dramatic Evacuation of Dunkirk; the fierce Battle of Britain; Germany's
daring planned invasion of England, known as Operation Sea Lion; the
pivotal Battle of Midway; and culminating in the war's most brutal battle,
the D-Day invasion.
Among a multitude of legendary Allied, German, and Japanese aircraft in Secret
Weapons Over Normandy, players can pilot the twin-engine P-38
Lightning; the P-51 Mustang, one of the fastest piston-driven fighters of
the era; the dangerously unstable Me 163 Komet rocket plane; Me 262 turbo
jet fighter, the first-ever jet fighter in combat; and even be a gunner in
the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber.
Secret Weapons Over Normandy features the voice of Will
Lyman, best known for his narration of the PBS series Frontline.
Famed Japanese actor Mako, star of the motion picture Tora! Tora! Tora!
delivers authentic World War II Japanese Imperial dialect. Adding to the
overall experience, the game's sound has been derived directly from field
recordings of actual World War II-era aircraft.
The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of Secret Weapons Over
Normandy offer single and multiplayer cooperative modes. The PC
version includes a mission builder that will allow players to create their
own World War II experience.
Secret Weapons Over Normandy is being developed by
Lawrence Holland and his company, Totally Games. Holland and his team
created LucasArts' acclaimed Secret Weapons World War II
flight action trilogy including Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe,
as well as the award winning X-wing® and TIE
fighter® series of Star Wars® games.
LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher
of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console
systems and PC. Based in San Rafael, Calif., as well as on the Internet at
www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts was
created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his
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have received 19 Oscars and 53 Academy Award nominations. Lucasfilm's
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About Totally Games
Lawrence Holland and Totally Games previously developed the award winning
X-wing series of games and three groundbreaking World War II air combat
simulations, including Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, TIE
Fighter® and Star Wars X-Wing Alliance™,
in conjunction with LucasArts Entertainment Company. Based in San Rafael,
Calif., Totally Games continues to create totally involving games in an
expanding set of genres and platforms. More information about Totally
Games and its development projects can be found on the company's World
Wide Web site, located at www.totallygames.com.