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Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao Preview - First Digital 3D Videogame

Downladable brawler, Invincible Tiger, to support 3D TVs and anaglyph 3D

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Blitz Arcade, one of Europe’s largest independent video games developers has announced that its downloadable kung fu brawler, Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao, will be the very first console video game to include true digital stereoscopic 3D technology. Invincible Tiger will work on the new, rare, fancy shmancy 3D TVs as well as support anaglyph 3D (red and blue old-school 3D) for the rest of us. The game is set to be released on August 26th on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) and August 27th on the PlayStation Network (PSN).

Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao is being published by Namco Bandai Games. The 70s film chop-suey style kung fu brawler pits Han Tao against hordes of less skilled baddies all across ancient China in search of the stolen Star of Destiny.

While the game looks like a wild 2D fun filled fighting romp, Invincible Tiger sets itself apart by allowing players to experience the trend that is sweeping movies at the moment, the third dimension. Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao is the first console game to be offered in digital stereoscopic 3D technology. With advances in commercially available 3D TVs this truly is a next gen gaming experience. Of course you may not know anyone who has one of these near-mythical 3D HDTVs, or there may not even be one in your town. So you can don a pair of 1950s paper framed red and blue 3D glasses and play Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao in anaglyph 3D on most any TV.

"We’ve worked really hard to make Invincible Tiger a kung fu arcade action game that’s fun to play but difficult to master," said Ollie Clarke, Project Director at Blitz Arcade."During the game’s development we took up the challenge to implement our groundbreaking BlitzTech Digital Stereoscopic 3D technology, resulting in Digital 3D as an option in the game. It runs at 60 frames per second and creates a super smooth immersive gaming experience for the home 3DTV audience. 3D is here and 3D is fun!"

Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations for Namco Bandai Games added : "We’re very excited to be breaking new technology ground with Invincible Tiger’s Digital 3D option. The inclusion of the 3D technology gives players the opportunity to view and play this already fantastic game in a whole new way."

According to the publisher: "Han Tao faces a cavalcade of enemies, ranging from henchmen to undead fighters throughout the game. Luckily, he’s well equipped with intense combos, slick counter-moves, the ability to wield deadly weapons and mystical Zen attacks. Players can fill Han Tao’s Zen Meter with punishing combos and well-timed dodges and unlock the full potential of his power to annihilate his enemies. Sliding down ropes, going through doors, climbing up poles or jumping on roofs, Han Tao is also able to use his environment to quickly escape danger or catch enemies off guard."

Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao is also rumored to offer a various multiplayer modes. These will be playable both online, via XBL or the PSN, or locally with buddies on the same couch (Thank you Blitz! Far too many games ignore local multiplayer) for both online and local play. Players can team-up with a partner to take on the Evil Overlord is a co-op version of the single player campaign, or fight together against an endless horde of Kung Fu baddies in an endurance mode.

Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao may not be enough of an excuse to to run out and purchase a 3D HDTV, but for those of you who have one, love Kung Fu, or 3D retro movies... the game is certainly worth the download. Here's to seeing more games in 3D soon.

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