Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today launched the third-person action title NEVERDEAD in North America for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The brainchild of Shinta Nojiri, who previously directed the Metal Gear Acid series, and co-developed with Rebellion Software, NEVERDEAD offers a radically new gameplay experience, introducing an immortal super action hero through a unique decapitation mechanic.
In NEVERDEAD, players become the immortal Bryce Boltzmann, a tragic hero who has endured a suffering existence due to the murder of his wife at the hands of Astaroth, the Demon King. Moving through life without aspirations other than where he will find his next drink, he fights alongside his partner Arcadia for the National Anti-Demon Agency (NADA), exterminating modern day demonic forces. Players make use of the hero’s immortality to tackle obstacles featuring the new and often gruesome decapitation and regeneration mechanic. Rip off your arm to explode a detonation device against an enemy, tear off your head to scout the level, shoot electric bullets by getting electrocuted and brutalize your hero in every way to discover what abilities he possesses.
[quote]The release of NEVERDEAD is extremely satisfying and exciting for Konami, taking the third person action genre to a new level of player interactivity” said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “In a destructible environment where even the amputated and severed pieces of the hero can be a weapon, anything is possible.”[/quote]
NEVERDEAD also includes online co-operative and competitive “challenges” where teams of up to four players can compete against each other or the enemy. The destruction of entire buildings, pillars, floors and interior wall sections adds elements of strategy and various abilities needed to destroy players’ foe. Gamers seeking more NeverDead thrills will be able to expand their online experience with exciting downloadable content, including new characters and additional missions within the multiplayer mode.
More information on downloadable content will be announced later.