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MINION MAYHEM SET FOR CODEMASTERS¹ OVERLORD COMING THIS SUMMER TO THE XBOX 360 AND PC

New Overlord Game Trailer Now Available Online
>
> Burbank, CA ­ Friday, March 23, 2007 ­ Codemasters is bringing minion mayhem
> to gamers this summer in Overlord, a game that gives players hordes of
> evil, gremlin-like critters and a peaceful land for them to reek havoc on.
> Additionally, Codemasters today released a new minion teaser video which is
> available for download now at www.codemasters.com/overlord. Created by
> Triumph Studios, Overlord is set to ship this summer for the Xbox 360
> videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PC, and is
> currently rated ³RP² (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.
>
> In Overlord, the minions constitute the evil Overlord¹s army and are the key
> gameplay mechanic. Completely and utterly loyal to him, minions will use
> their unique skills to fetch, fight and even die for their master. Their
> loyalty knows no limits and their bravery borders on stupidity, but with
> every bone in their odd little bodies, the minions will follow players¹
> commands no matter how despotic or life threatening they are.
>
> The minions can be controlled generally in two different ways: either by
> moving the horde as a group, or by independently firing them off like some
> destruction-crazed, reusable missiles. Players will be able to send
> individual minions to take on smaller jobs, or they can select a posse from
> their horde to take on bigger tasks.
>
> Once a minion has been dispatched on a job, its little minion brain kicks in
> to determine the best course of action. For instance, if the player sends a
> minion to kill a sheep, it will attack, then automatically pickup and return
> with the sheep¹s life force, which can then be used later on to create more
> minions. Minions can also be used to carry objects (including much larger
> ones if they work together), operate mechanisms, and get to places where the
> Overlord can not.
>
> As the Overlord grows more and more powerful and evil, the minions will grow
> as well, getting a bit more powerful and evil at the same time. Opportunists
> by nature, if they can rob an opponent of a mighty axe to wield themselves,
> or steal some armor to wear for protection, they will. Whether axes,
> knives, chef¹s hats, pitchforks or even emptied out pumpkins, whatever the
> case is, minions aren¹t fussy as long as it gives them the fighting edge.
>
> Further to collecting weapons and armor for themselves, the minions will
> return to the Overlord with gold and other goodies. Unfortunately, minions
> have their weaknesses too though: the beautiful (yet fatal) succubus can
> lure them to their deaths, and they¹re easily distracted from their missions
> by music and alcohol (which makes them increasingly more violent and out of
> control than normal).
>
> As the Overlord, players can amass an army of up to 50 minions (with
> hundreds more in reserve) made up of four different breeds:
>
>
> * Brown Minions ­ The Fighters. These are the strongest minions for combat.
> They will pick up dropped equipment from defeated foes and use it for
> themselves ­ pitchforks, severed unicorn horns and the like are some
> favorites.
>
> * Red Minions ­ The Fire Throwers. These minions are like archers who hurl
> blazing fireballs to defeat opponents from a distance. Also, immune to
> fire, they can clear dangerous paths for the Overlord and the rest of the
> horde.
>
> * Green Minions ­ The Assassins. These minions love their stealth attacks.
> They¹ll try to get behind an enemy, jump on their back and then stab them
> viciously to death ­ great for ambushes. They¹re also immune to poisoning
> and can turn rubbish left on the battlefield into upgrades.
>
> * Blue Minions ­ The Healers. These are the smartest of the minions, and
> the only ones who have the ability to swim. Blue minions can also resurrect
> fallen minions, and get them ready to join the fight once again.
>
> Minions ­ use them tactically and these evil little comrades will always be
> there for their master, ready to sacrifice themselves and their lives in
> servitude to the Overlord.
>
>
> About Codemasters
> Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive
> entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming
> platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company¹s dominant brands
> include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Race Driver, LMA Manager, Brian Lara Cricket
> and Operation Flashpoint. The company is headquartered in Southam,
> Warwickshire UK and maintains operations in the U.S, Germany, France, Spain,
> and Benelux. More information about the company and its products is
> available online at: http://www.codemasters.com.
>
>
> About Xbox 360
> Microsoft revolutionized the gaming industry with the November 2001 launch
> of Xbox (http://www.xbox.com), its first-generation video game and
> entertainment system, now sold in 26 countries. Microsoft introduced its
> next-generation system, Xbox 360, in the 2005 holiday season in Europe,
> Japan and North America, and launched the system in Australia, Colombia,
> Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan in 2006. Xbox
> 360 (http://www.xbox.com) is the most powerful video game and entertainment
> system, delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox
> Live online gaming service, and unique digital entertainment experiences
> that revolve around gamers.

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