OFFICIAL BLACKWATER VIDEO GAME SHIPS TO NORTH AMERICAN RETAILERS

505 Games, a global publisher of video games, announced today that Blackwater, an immersive first-person shooter (FPS) exclusive for Kinect™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, has shipped to North American retailers. The high-octane game was developed in conjunction with former members of the Blackwater private security team who consulted on moves, gestures and gameplay.

As the only FPS available on Kinect for Xbox 360, Blackwater reinvents the modern combat genre by giving players the ability to control gameplay using a traditional controller or with the controller-free abilities of Kinect for Xbox 360, introducing an unprecedented level of depth to the FPS genre.

Published by 505 Games, produced by Pantierra and developed by Zombie Studios, Blackwater is titled for the former name of the private security company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, to provide training support to military and law enforcement agencies.

“Blackwater will have a unique appeal to gamers on the Kinect for Xbox 360 platform. The physical, visual and virtual feel of participating in a mission brings a level of excitement, realism and fun to the game that is hard to match,” said Erik Prince.

The game features more than 25 different Kinect moves as players employ real Blackwater combat tactics to knock down doors, shoot, crouch, throw grenades and use various environments for cover. Featuring officially-licensed weapons, players lead a team of Blackwater operatives as they protect inhabitants of a fictional North African town who are battling a corrupt general in order to restore peace.

Blackwater for Kinect for Xbox 360 is rated “T” for Teen by the Entertainment Software Review Board (ESRB). For more information about Blackwater, please visit the official game website at www.blackwatergame.com

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About 505 Games
Based in Los Angeles, CA, 505 Games (U.S.) is the North American division of 505 Games, a global video game publisher. Launched in the U.S. in 2008, 505 Games publishes quality interactive entertainment on all handheld, mobile and console gaming platforms, offering a broad selection of video game titles in all genres for players of all ages.For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.com.

About Blackwater

The Blackwater game is developed under a license agreement. Blackwater is a licensed property and titled for the former name of the private security company founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL, to provide training support to military and law enforcement agencies.

About Pantierra

Pantierra is a production company, combining talents with backgrounds as diverse as military, sport and entertainment, whose goal is to create and bring to market interactive entertainment properties.

About Zombie Studios

Seattle-based Zombie Studios is an independent developer of console, PC, mobile and web-based games. Founded in 1994, Zombie has designed and produced more than 24 original game titles for worldwide distribution on virtually every major platform – from SEGA Genesis to Xbox 360 and the PlayStation3 system. Zombie specializes in military first person shooters including America’s Army, Shadow Ops: Red Mercury, Delta Force: Task Force Dagger and Rainbow Six: Covert Ops. For more information please visit www.zombie.com.

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