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George A. Romero's City Of The Dead unearthed

First screens and info on Hip Interactive's zombie fest

Hip Interactive has finally blown the lid off its first title to hail from its collaboration with 'Zombies' movie director genius George A. Romero. Called City of the Dead, the game is in development for PS2, Xbox and PC at Kuju Entertainment and unsurprisingly involves combat dance with zombies.

Here's the scoop on the plot: City of the Dead begins as four desperate survivors escape a ravaged zombie infested city by helicopter. After making it to the remote island of Isla Mortal, an accident destroys their only means of escape. Unbeknown to them the island is home to a top secret military installation, overrun by the walking dead. Armed with an arsenal of traditional and futuristic weaponry, players must battle the living dead from dusk 'till dawn in series of abandoned locales.

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Hip Interactive has signed up Tom Savini, star of Romero zombie movie Dawn of the Dead and Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn, to provide voice and likeness for William "Red" McLean, a battle-worn ex-law enforcement officer who is a survivor to the core. Savini's character will initially provide fire support in the game then be playable, allowing gamers to experience the game through the eyes of Red.

"I feel like an assassin. I load up my car with my essentials and go off to strange places and kill people, and things...in movies," said Tom Savini. "It makes sense for me now to do it in a new strange place....a video game. My first video game and a whole new arena to fulfil my reputation, my legend, as the king of splatter in the bloodiest gore fest in gaming... 'City of the Dead.'"

Multiplayer fans will be pleased to hear that you'll be able to team up for a zombie splatter fest in City of the Dead. Along with single-player the game features split-screen co-op missions, party mode and four-player online action, and you'll be able to play as human or zombie in some of the modes on offer.

City of the Dead is due spring 2006 and will be shown behind closed doors at E3 next week.

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