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E3: Hellboy Hits Next-Generation Formats
Dark Horse Comics character, Hellboy, unleashes supernatural strength on next-generation consoles
By: Blair Morris | Game Announcement | 12:41am, May 11, 2006
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LOS ANGELES - Konami Digital Entertainment brings comic book and movie hero to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP and mobile phones.

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH today announced Hellboy (working title) for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP (PlayStation Portable) and mobile phones. Based on the comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, the game lets players unleash Hellboy's supernatural strength as they smash, crush and demolish their way through over six unique locations that boast fully destructible environments as they attempt to thwart an evil supernatural plot.

Drawing players into the vibrant and detailed world created by comic book legend Mike Mignola, Hellboy lets players step into the muscle bound frame of Hellboy, a hulking crimson-skinned warrior of supernatural creation. On the trail of a crazed witch, Hellboy uncovers a fiendish plot for world domination and must rush to defeat the crazed Hermann von Klempt before he can exert his evil will on a hapless world.

Hellboy
offers players a visceral tactical brawling experience, letting them unleash the hero's Right Hand of Doom on wave after wave of enemies. Using a detailed context-sensitive fighting system, players can choose to charge up Hellboy's strikes for added power or use his speed and agility to unleash a rapid fire combination of blows on opponents. They can also grapple with enemies, attacking them from close or even using them as weapons to keep other attackers at bay.

Environments with advanced lighting and texturing techniques, the levels in Hellboy are also highly destructible, adding another level of strategy to the game's bare knuckled action while bringing the character's untamed power to life. When confronted with a large group of enemies, players can choose to smash a wall to create smaller, more manageable groups and even pick up the rubble to use as a weapon. Hellboy also lets players experience the game co-operatively with two players taking on the roles of characters from the Hellboy universe such as Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman.

"Hellboy unleashes the raw power of the comic book icon with devastating hand-to-hand combat, an intricate grappling system and fully destructible environments", said Hans-Joachim Amann, Head of European Product Management for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. "Followers of the comic book and movie will delight at controlling the sheer power their favorite sharp tongued hero offers, while fans of action games will immediately be drawn into the game's spectacular graphics and intuitive yet strategic game play."

Developed by Krome Studios for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PSP, Hellboy is planned for release in 2007. A mobile phone version will also be released in 2007, with further details to follow.

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