Advent Rising ships for Xbox

Majesco's sci-fi action game now on store shelves, PC version to follow next month; million-dollar Xbox Live contest begins June 9.

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Publisher Majesco today announced that Advent Rising is now available for the Xbox. The game was developed by animation studio-game developer GlyphX, which was previously known for computer-generated illustrations and animations. The PC version, which was scheduled to be released simultaneously with the Xbox edition, has been delayed a month to June 30.

Advent Rising takes place in the time period of the Advent trilogy and was written by Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card. The game's hero, Gideon Wyeth, roams outer space in a quest to get some answers to the origin and purpose of mankind. The third-person shooter uses a unique control scheme that lets players "flick" the joystick to lock on to foes, giving full use of the controller buttons and the two shoulder triggers, while blasting away.

With creative games such as Tim Schafer's Psychonauts and the upcoming PSP's Infected, as well as film-licensed games Jaws Unleashed and Taxi Driver, Majesco has reworked its image from family-friendly publisher to industry risk taker. A flurry of moves has positioned the company into a major player in the market, as well as a smart bet, according to industry analysts.

Advent Rising has been a sort of benchmark for Majesco and its new reputation, as the company has forked out the dough for a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign and an Xbox Live contest. A hefty amount of cash has gotten the publisher an ad for Advent Rising in front of megablockbuster Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and a contest open to 500,000 Xbox Live gamers will give one lucky winner $1 million.

A PC version of Advent Rising is scheduled to ship June 30, and Advent Shadow, set in the same universe, will ship for the PSP in September.

Advent Rising is rated T for Teen and retails for $49.99. For more information on the game, head over to GameSpot's previous coverage, or check back later this week for the full review.

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