EA and Klei Entertainment Reload for Shank 2
Klei's Unapologetic Action Brawler Returns to Xbox LIVE Arcade,
PlayStation Network and PC Early 2012
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Award-winning independent game developer Klei Entertainment and EA
Partners, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today
announced Shank™ 2, the sequel to last year's Annie Award
nominated downloadable action title. The original game was praised by
critics at 1UP.com for being "…the freshest, most unequivocally
rewarding beat-em-up game to come along in a decade" and EGM Magazine
called the original Shank "…one of the most intense action experiences
of the last few years". Shank 2 will be available for Xbox LIVE®
Arcade, PlayStation® Network and PC in early 2012.
"Creatively, Shank still has a lot to give," said Jamie Cheng,
founder of Klei Entertainment. "We took the feedback from the community
and ran with it, putting our own flavor on every change. For Shank 2,
we literally took apart the game and put it back together to push the
envelope in combat mechanics, visuals, and 2D animation in games."
"We are honored to again partner with the visionary talent of Klei
Entertainment," said Jamil Moledina, Director, Business Development at
EA Partners. "Shank 2 showcases their ability to blend
emotionally resonant yet sardonically violent storytelling with pitch
perfect controls and art design and confirms EA Partners' strategy of
bringing the best independent games simultaneously to all leading
Shank 2 returns with a story of redemption as Shank, a former mob
hitman with a dark and vengeful past, is thrust back into action when
the lives of those close to him are endangered. Expanding on the
original game's rich and intuitive combat and control system, Shank 2
continues Klei's tradition of making fluid brawling controls and
stunningly beautiful visuals that leapfrogs the competition in the 2D
side-scrolling genre. The game also introduces an intense new,
arcade-style survival co-op mode that has gamers working together to
take down their foes, relying on the environment and weapon pick-ups for
For more information on Shank 2, please visit www.shankgame.com
and follow the development team at www.twitter.com/klei
and at www.facebook.com/shankgame.
Klei Entertainment is represented by Creative Artists Agency.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company's game franchises are offered as both
packaged goods products and online services delivered through
Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and
tablets. EA has more than 100 million registered players and operates in
In fiscal 2011, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.6 billion.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for
critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster franchises such as The
Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield, and Mass
Effect™. More information about EA is available at http://info.ea.com.
About Klei Entertainment
Founded in 2005, Klei Entertainment is an award-winning game development
studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia with both the technical and
creative capabilities to create original and lasting properties on all
platforms. Klei combines world-class talent and passion to craft great
games with memorable characters that appeal to a wide range of
audiences. It has developed and published games for the PC,
PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade. To learn more about the Klei
team and its latest projects, visit www.kleientertainment.com.
SHANK is a trademark of Klei Entertainment Inc., used under license. The
Sims and Need for Speed are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Mass
Effect is a trademark of EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd.
John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners
and used with permission. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox, Xbox LIVE and Kinect are trademarks of
the Microsoft group of companies and used with permission.
Evan Dexter, 514-664-8206
Sr. PR Manager
VP, Worldwide PR
Source: Electronic Arts
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