28 February 2006
Nokia unveils first view of Payload
for the N-Gage platform
Payload, the futuristic story-led combat racing game designed exclusively for the N-Gage platform, received a dedicated micro-site today, featuring never seen before in-game footage and information at www.payload-game.com.
The micro-site, invites gamers to see the first cinematic trailer, created by award-winning creative studio Alkemi Entertainment, which gives you a behind the scenes peek into the world of Payload. The micro-site lifts the shroud of secrecy behind the Payload experience and includes character information, world locations, a three-part developer diary, plus a range of screensavers and desktop images for the ultimate Payload fan.
"Payload and www.payload-game.com are a testament to the rich story and game depth that is possible on the N-Gage platform," said Gregg Sauter, Director, Games Publishing, Nokia. "Payload combines strategy, combat and traditional racing, where a player can play against up to three friends with an N-Gage game deck via Bluetooth wireless technology for a superior combat racing experience. Or, players can upload high-scores on to the N-Gage Arena to compare their scores with fellow N-Gage gamers."
Payload for the N-Gage platform is a fast-paced combat action racing game where players use 'skims' to traverse exotic and deadly terrains on the Planet Ararat. 'Skims' are futuristic hovercraft bristling with weapons and, combined with a steady hand and lightning reflexes, are the primary tools of the Pitrunner.
Players become Abel Harker, a Pitrunner who vies for the right to courier a precious crystalline fuel source called Furium, in a deadly race of death, destruction and mayhem against other Pitrunners. Pitrunning is a ruthless and cutthroat occupation where fortunes can be made or lost in a hail of weapons fire.
Payload for the N-Gage platform is scheduled to ship in spring 2006.
About Tantalus Interactive
Tantalus Interactive was founded in 1994 and is one of Australia's leading game developers having worked on over 25 titles. Tantalus has worked on 16bit, 32bit and all current generation consoles as well as all available handhelds (GBA, N-Gage) and soon to be launched handheld devices (DS and PSP). The release of Top Gear Rally on Game Boy Advance saw the company establish itself among the best in the world on this platform. The game was published by Nintendo and is one of the biggest selling Australian developed titles of all time. It also received the IGN Award for 'Racing Game of the Year' in 2003, and won the award for best Australian developed title on any platform. Tantalus has a subsidiary company named Tantalus Asia, which is based in Malaysia and focuses on developing and distributing games for mobile phones.
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer game play over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers.