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Songbird Announces Skyhammer for the Atari Jaguar
August 30, 1999
For immediate release:
ROCHESTER, MN -- Songbird Productions is pleased to announce that
Skyhammer will be published for the Atari Jaguar platform in time for
Skyhammer is the phenomonal full 3D action shooter for the Atari Jaguar.
The game was developed by reknowned Jaguar and PC developer Rebellion
several years ago, but shelved around the time the Jaguar ceased to be a
mainstream platform. Skyhammer combines the fast-action gameplay of a
first-person shooter with a nonlinear element which allows the player to
freely roam an immense, 3D city in search of enemies, equipment, mission
objectives, and more. Not only that, but two play modes are included in
the game: Mission and Battle.
In the Mission play mode, the player is given direct objectives to meet,
through which the player is awarded credits for the purpose of rearming
and upgrading their Skyhammer attack craft. In the Battle play mode, the
player must defend the city from wave after wave of invaders while
carefully managing limited resources.
The primary obstacle to new Jaguar games for the last year or more has
been encryption. Every Jaguar game must be encrypted in order to function
properly on the system, and the encryption ends up being different for
each game. Songbird Productions has teamed up with Jaguar hobbyist Scott
Walters, who has devised a method of bypassing encryption, to publish new
games for the Jaguar. Scott is understandably excited about his invention,
and the opportunity to work with Songbird Productions on the upcoming
Carl Forhan, owner of Songbird Productions, is enthusiastic about
supporting Atari platforms. He commented, "Skyhammer is a great game, and
I know Jaguar fans will be thrilled to finally be able to purchase this
game. Now is the time for Jaguar and Lynx fans to mobilize. Songbird
Productions has numerous new Lynx and Jaguar games either already
available or coming in the next six months. Songbird needs your help
getting the word out on email lists, web pages, game magazines, Atari user
groups, and more.
"This is a critical time, because Songbird needs to see that there is
value in publishing new games for these Atari platforms both now and in
the future. I want the fans to enjoy these 'lost games', all of which are
fully licensed from the original developers."
Skyhammer is expected to be released December 6, 1999. Other games will
follow in the coming months.
To keep up to date with the latest news at Songbird Productions, be sure
to visit the company web site at http://songbird.uni.cc, or send an email
Copyright 1999 Songbird Productions. All rights reserved. This article may
be reprinted in its entirety. Skyhammer is copyright and trademark
Rebellion. All rights reserved.