The 3DO Company today announced the planned release of the Portal Runner game for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system this spring. Portal Runner features the sassy and smart heroine Vikki G. Taking full advantage of the PlayStation 2 technology, an all-new game engine was built to create spectacular worlds and depict stunningly realistic characters. Portal Runner is also scheduled to be released on the Game Boy Color videogame system.
In the Portal Runner game, players are taken through an engaging storyline that will keep them glued to their seats. The story begins with Brigitte Bleu about to unleash her diabolical scheme to trap Vikki and sink her claws into Sarge. This plot launches Vikki on a fantastic journey through a variety of exciting new toy worlds. She will eventually encounter a new friend and ally, Leo the Lion, who stays by her side to fight off the evil forces of these new worlds. The cooperative relationship that forms between the two characters will add a new level of excitement and close combat gameplay. Players will enjoy the option of controlling Leo or working with him as a team when playing Vikki. With advanced Artificial Intelligence, Leo will also be able to protect Vikki in combat and challenge gamers to restrain his savage instincts.
The Portal Runner game will feature a surrealistic look with exotic visuals; gamers will be truly immersed in the astonishing graphics. Giving great depth and variety to Portal Runner is the addictive bow and arrow gameplay. The realistic and spectacular precision technique of the bow and arrow will help Vikki vanquish foes and remove obstacles in her travels. To add more excitement, Portal Runner offers a huge variety of environments including Our World, Prehistoric World, Medieval World and Space World, all highly detailed and deeply interactive. Amid this blend of classic shooting and platform action, players can experiment with different gameplay approaches to keep things interesting.
"Portal Runner is an innovative title that incorporates many unique attributes that have not been previously implemented by other games," said Trip Hawkins, chairman and CEO of The 3DO Company. "We are definitely taking full advantage of the PS2 technology in order to create a seamless adventure. Players will be drawn into game environments unlike anything they have experienced before in a console title."
Portal Runner's levels are dynamic in a traditional style that everyone can appreciate. Fun and simple platform puzzles will be implemented to provide a new degree of challenge as gamers explore environments and line up their target shots. The missions in Portal Runner will each have their own style, unique challenges and surprises such as hidden platforms that take players to new secret levels. Players can also enjoy two player target-shooting games, each with their own adjustable game parameters. With four modes of gameplay and 19 different levels, Portal Runner will definitely keep the action fresh and electrifying!
An aggressive marketing and public relations campaign will back the launch of this blockbuster title. Vikki G. and Leo will be featured on the April 2001 cover of GamePro Magazine, the leading console gaming publication in the US, and has already appeared on several other gaming publication covers. A special Portal Runner comic book will be inserted in the May issue of GamePro, and distributed to their entire 500,000+ readers.