Eidos Announces North American Street Date for Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 26 // -- Eidos Interactive, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced that the highly anticipated new action shooter crime-drama, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men will be available in stores beginning Nov. 20, 2007 throughout North America. The title is developed by the award winning team at IO Interactive, creators of the multi-million selling Hitman franchise. The game will be available for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, and PC Games for Windows platforms.

    Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a dark and gritty tale of two men -- one a flawed mercenary, the other a medicated psychopath -- forced to embark on a violent and chaotic journey, hating each other every step of the way. The action begins as Kane makes his painful final journey to death row, paying the price for his days as a mercenary, only to be busted out by The 7, the ruthless organization of which he used to be a member. The 7 offer Kane the ultimate proposition: return the loot he stole or sacrifice his wife and daughter. Lynch has been contracted by The 7 to watch Kane's every move; but Lynch has his own internal demons to battle, as he is tormented by episodes of violent dementia, that turn him into a ruthless psychopath.

    "Kane & Lynch: Dead Men redefines the action shooter genre, delivering real characters, driven to do terrible things by the circumstances and mistakes in their lives," said Robert Lindsey, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing, Eidos Inc. "From the opening sequence of the game, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men plunges players into an intense, emotional, movie-like experience. It's a fantastic story, boasting a wicked plot with one hell of a sting in the tale at the end - this is the game that fans of movies like Heat, Collateral, and The Departed have been waiting for."

    Kane is able to use the world around him to his advantage, creating mayhem in every highly destructible environment; blowing up cars and fuel tanks to efficiently take down pursuers. Creating panic by opening fire in a packed Toyko nightclub, just to use the ensuing chaos to cover his escape and using cover to avoid enemy fire while taking precise aim to shoot down single or multiple enemies; He can also blind fire around corners, lay down cover fire with submachine guns, hurl grenades or tear gas to disarm enemies or use an enemy's sniper rifle to fire that single, deadly shot.

    Providing additional backup, Kane has the option to control a crew of criminal mercenaries to scout new and potentially dangerous locations or take out specific enemies. The optional crew-based combat system allows for added tactical strategy when in heavy gunfight situations enabling Kane to direct a crew member to cover fire at a specific target while sending another crew member to protect his flank position.

    One element Kane cannot control is Lynch. Succumbing frequently to psychotic episodes, Lynch flies off the handle at critical moments, foiling Kane's plans. In the two player Co-op mode, players get a split screen glimpse at the world through Lynch's eyes. Players will also have the opportunity to play in the unique online multiplayer mode, supporting up to eight players online. This new multiplayer twist will shake up the online gameplay experience.

    Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is developed by IO Interactive and will be on store shelves beginning Nov. 20, 2007. The game is rated Rated 'M' for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on the game and media assets, please visit ftp.pr.eidos.com or http://www.kaneandlynch.com.

    About Eidos Inc.

    Eidos Inc. is part of SCi Entertainment Group Plc (SEG) one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software. Eidos consists of publishing operations across Europe and the US and several development studios including Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive, Beautiful Game Studios, Eidos Studios Hungary, Eidos Sweden and Pivotal Games. The Group has a valuable combined portfolio of intellectual property including: Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex, and Just Cause.
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