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Highlander
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Developer(s) Widescreen Games
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Engine Unreal Engine 3[1]
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) 2010
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: Rating Pending
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD

Highlander: The Game is an upcoming action role-playing game based on the Highlander franchise and will be published by Square Enix for Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.[2][3] It was announced on January 14, 2008 by way of a trailer on Gametrailers.com. It was originally scheduled to be released on March 30, 2009, but has been postponed indefinitely; despite online retail outlets such as walmart.com and Amazon.com claiming to know when it will be out, no official release date has been given.

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Gameplay

Much of the gameplay will revolve around sword battles with other Immortals

Highlander: The Game will be a third-person action game featuring a previously unknown Immortal, Owen MacLeod as the main character.[4]

An Immortal cannot die from wounds that would be fatal to a mortal such as gunshots, electrocution, and falls from a great height. As such, certain encounters will involve Owen using his body as a conductor for high-voltage electrical currents and/or jumping off of buildings. Though these actions cannot kill him, he may still be severely injured.

Over and above his ability to withstand otherwise lethal attacks, Owen will be able to use certain magical abilities such as resurrection, chi balance, fireblade, wind fury and stone armor, to name a few. Like any other Immortal in the Highlander franchise, Owen must wield various types of swords to do battle with other Immortals. Owen can also choose between different combat styles to defeat his enemies.

The game will span up to 18 missions in which Owen will encounter up to 77 unique characters. Most of these characters will be Immortals just like Owen and must be slain. Some of these characters will be previously known - Connor MacLeod and Duncan MacLeod are both expected to make appearances and Methos has been confirmed as Owen's mentor.[5][6]

Story

Owen is forced to compete as a gladiator in ancient Rome

The story, written by David Abramowitz who was Creative Consultant (Head Writer) on Highlander: The Series,[1] revolves around Owen MacLeod, ancestor to both Connor MacLeod and Duncan MacLeod. It begins over two thousand years ago. And similar to other Highlander films and media, the story spans several timelines including Ancient Gaul, Pompeii, and finally modern-day New York City.[7]

Owen is captured and enslaved by Romans who force him to compete as a gladiator. During this time, Owen dies only to come back to life. Methos, the oldest living Immortal, approaches Owen to be his mentor. He teaches Owen about The Game and how he and other immortals can only be slain by beheading.

As with other Immortal MacLeods, Owen is pursued throughout his life by an arch-nemesis. This enemy proves to be extremely powerful, one that Owen is unable to defeat. Owen learns of a magical stone, fragments of which are scattered all over the world. Throughout the game, Owen embarks upon a quest to recover these fragments and restore the stone in an attempt to gain the power to overcome his foe.[1][8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Eidos Unleashes 'Highlander' Game". Wireless News (M2 Communications, Ltd.). 2008-01-21.  
  2. ^ Ward, David (2008-01-18). "Eidos announces 'Highlander' game". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media).  
  3. ^ "Eidos Develops Highlander Game". SciFi.com. 2008-01-18. http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?id=47471. Retrieved 2008-11-12.  
  4. ^ "Highlander: Immortal Combat," GamePro 235 (April 2008): 21.
  5. ^ GameStats on Highlander: The Game
  6. ^ "Fresh Highlander details pop up". Eurogamer. 2008-01-18. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=90975. Retrieved 2008-02-06.  
  7. ^ "Highlander History," GamePro 235 (April 2008): 21.
  8. ^ "GC: Highlander details emerge". Eurogamer. 2007-08-24. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=82046. Retrieved 2008-02-06.  

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