WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
ENTERTAINMENT AND SEGA ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE MATRIX ONLINE
Massively Multi-player Online
Game Goes Live – Putting The Future of The Matrix in Gamers’ Hands
San Francisco & Burbank, Calif. –
March 22, 2005 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and SEGA are pleased to
announce that today, hundreds of thousands of players can now jack into The
Matrix Online, a massively multi-player online game (MMOG), to participate in
the continuing saga of The Matrix franchise. Developed by Monolith Productions,
directed by the Wachowski Brothers and co-published by Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment and SEGA, The Matrix Online is launching for the PC today in North
America and April 8, 2005 in Europe.
The Matrix Online’s story continues
after the third film, The Matrix Revolutions, ended with Zion and the Machines
in an uneasy truce. Capturing the authenticity of the films, Laurence Fishburne
(Morpheus), Monica Bellucci (Persephone), Mary Alice (The Oracle), Lambert
Wilson (The Merovingian), Harold Perrineau, Jr. (Link), Harry Lennix (Lock),
Nona Gaye (Zee), Collin Chou (Seraph) and Tanveer Atwal (Sati) have provided
voice-over and character likenesses to the game. Don Davis, the film composer
for The Matrix trilogy, is also providing the score for The Matrix Online.
"The Matrix Online takes massively
multi-player online games to a new level by giving players the chance to
directly participate and make history within the Matrix’s continuing, intriguing
story," said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President for Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment. "In The Matrix Online, gamers can create their ideal character
for combat and socialization within an incredibly expansive urban environment
and then interact with actual characters from the Matrix films."
"The Matrix Online is a fast-paced,
action-driven MMOG that combines the excitement of wire-fu combat and bullet
time with an engaging, persistent world directed by the creators of the
world-famous franchise," said Simon Jeffery, President and COO of SEGA of
America, Inc. "SEGA expects The Matrix Online to satisfy hardcore gamers while
remaining extremely accessible to newcomers and fans of the Matrix universe."
In an unprecedented move, a
specialized role-playing live events team at Monolith will assume the roles of
the actual Matrix characters and support the continuation of the game’s
storyline through choreographed interaction. Players will meet, battle and
eventually team up with the familiar characters on high-profile missions or at
The Matrix Online’s interlock combat
system offers gamers special martial arts moves based on "wire-fu" and "bullet
time" effects popularized in the films. An MMOG with the most intense combat set
in a contemporary urban environment, The Matrix Online is designed to be a
compelling experience for players of all types, ability levels and interests
with extensive character creation, dynamic social experiences, and a high-level
The Matrix Online will be sold
through all major game retailers for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $49.99.
Gamers can either subscribe online for a monthly subscription fee of $14.99 or
purchase pre-paid game cards with 60 days worth of playtime for $29.99.
For more information on The Matrix
Online, please visit the official website:
About Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc., a Warner Bros.
Entertainment Company, is a premier licensor and a developer of entertainment
content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms,
including consoles, PC-based gaming and wireless applications.
About SEGA SEGA® of America, Inc. is
the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in
interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company
develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products
for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those
manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of
America’s Web site is located at
THE MATRIX ONLINE, characters, names
and all related indicia are trademarks of and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.