Punisher targets spring release

ZEN Studios' downloadable arena-based shooter for PS3 gets a release window.

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The upcoming PlayStation 3 downloadable shooter The Punisher: No Mercy missed out on a primo marketing tie-in last year by not launching alongside the Punisher: War Zone film, but Budapest-based ZEN Studios' latest could still arrive in time for the DVD. The home versions of the film are expected to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on March 17, and ZEN today announced a spring 2009 release window for No Mercy, its arena-based first-person shooter take on the Marvel Comics vigilante.

Frank Castle still hasn't forgiven Dolph Lundgren for that other Punisher movie.
Frank Castle still hasn't forgiven Dolph Lundgren for that other Punisher movie.

The game will be built on Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3, the same technology behind a wide array of current-generation titles, from Gears of War to Hour of Victory. In addition to the Punisher, the game will feature a roster of supporting characters from the comics, including Jigsaw, Silver Sable, Bushwhacker, and Barracuda.

While Punisher: No Mercy will be ZEN Studio's first foray into the first-person shooter genre, the developer has some previous experience with licensed games. Zen developed the Xbox Live Arcade Rocky & Bullwinkle game, as well as a downloadable Rocky & Bullwinkle-themed table for its other XBLA effort, Pinball FX.

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