The Great Escape, MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch make splash landings in 2003
He walks, talks, and looks like Steve McQueen…but he's digital. Marking, in many ways, a first for the gaming industry, the digital likeness of Hollywood heartthrob and screen legend Steve McQueen now graces a computer game. In Take 2 and Gotham's The Great Escape for PS2 and Xbox, gamers take control of McQueen's famous lock-picking character, Hilts the "Cooler King," and several of his fellow POWs. The mission: to escape from the notorious Stalag Luft III prison camp and battle the Nazis throughout WWII-era Germany.
"The Great Escape is a classic hit film and one of the most compelling licenses the videogame industry has seen in quite some time," said Jamie Leece, president of Gotham Games. "The likeness of a legendary figure like Steve McQueen, combined with the various types of gameplay that the title will utilize, is sure to make this game a truly immersive and enjoyable experience."
Stealth and action elements dominate play, but gamers also engage in vehicular combat in jeeps, trucks, and motorcycles. MGM's classic film The Great Escape is based on the true-life story of a massive Allied escape attempt from the Stalag Luft III German POW camp.
Also on tap from Gotham through Take 2 is MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch, in which gamers and fans of MTV's controversial claymation series hit the ring with some of their favorite cult celebrities. Dennis Rodman, Anna Nicole Smith, NSYNC, Busta Rhymes, Marilyn Manson, and many more superstars are featured in this over-the-top wrestling action title.
"We are thrilled that so many stars have decided to become a part of what is sure to be a mind-blowing and truly unique gaming experience," said Leece. "The inclusion of real-life celebrities will make MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch a game that all players, from hardcore gamers to casual fans, will enjoy."
MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch will be available in late 2003for PS2, Xbox, and GameCube.