TM: Black Date Set

Sony reveals a tentative release date for its PlayStation 2 car-combat game Twisted Metal: Black.

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Sony has announced that Twisted Metal: Black will be released in summer 2001 for the PlayStation 2 console. As reported previously, the game is being developed by Incognito Studios, which has members that worked on both Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal 2.

"Back in 1995, we introduced PlayStation fans to a new genre in gaming with Twisted Metal," said Ami Blaire, director of product marketing for Sony. "Now in 2000, we plan to redefine it with Twisted Metal: Black. With the creative minds of the original Twisted Metal team and the advanced technological capabilities of the PlayStation 2, gamers will experience a familiar franchise with a whole new look and feel that provides a deeper and darker reality than ever before."

"With the technological advancement of the PlayStation 2, art direction has become an integral part of the video game development process, just as it is in the movies," said Dave Jaffe, director and lead designer for Incognito Studios. "With Twisted Metal: Black, we were finally able to implement all of the creative ideas we had envisioned for the first two games. The result is a darkly atmospheric, profound, and strategic game, which is also easy for gamers to get into and lots of fun to play."

The game will feature eight single-player and ten deathmatch battlegrounds. Incognito Studios hopes to create enhanced player environments with moving traffic, changing weather conditions, living pedestrians, and other interactive objects. Games based on the Twisted Metal franchise have sold nearly 5 million copies in North America to date.

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