SEGA and The Creative Assembly Announce Stormrise

"SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced the development of Stormrise, an innovative real time strategy console title built specifically for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and will also be available for Windows based PC. Stormrise marks The Creative Assembly’s first foray into developing a purpose-built RTS title for console and is slated to ship in 2009.

Stormrise offers fans of the classic RTS genre an immersive and dramatic twist while challenging the conscience of the gamer. Experience the heat of the battlefield by leading your troops from the front line, instead of the traditional way of controlling the units from a detached view point. Stormrise also allows units to be commanded in the air, across rooftops, on the earth’s surface and even underground, this unique idea of “verticality” introduces multiple layers of gameplay that must be mastered for strategic advantage. The experience is heightened by a simple yet effective control system tailored specifically for consoles, which allows easy unit selection, rapid navigation and precise deployment.

“With Stormrise and its long line of high caliber RTS titles, our developers at The Creative Assembly are poised to revolutionize the console RTS arena,” said Sean Ratcliffe, Vice President of Marketing at SEGA of America Inc. “Using a science fiction-based backdrop for their first foray into the console RTS genre, The Creative Assembly has a limitless palate from which to create their next award winning RTS game.”

Set on a bleak and barren earth, devastated by a catastrophic event centuries ago, Stormrise sees the Echelon and the Sai battling to survive in a hostile and uninhabitable wasteland. Remnants of a superior technological people the Echelon survived the event through self-educed hibernation, while the Sai, a more tribal faction, still exist having learned to adapt to their surroundings and the new environment. Having evolved in vastly different ways, the differences between the two factions have spurred much animosity and hatred between the two races and the future of the planet is now hanging by a thread?

Stormrise is in development at The Creative Assembly’s Australia studio and is priming its forces for release in 2009. "