Capcom announced that renowned film title designer Kyle Cooper has created the opening sequence for their upcoming videogame, DARKWATCH. The flagship title from development house High Moon Studios Inc., DARKWATCH is an immersive first person shooter (FPS) for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox, that blends the Western and vampire-horror genres. Darkwatch will be released on Aug. 16, 2005.
Cooper, renowned for his work in designing main title and credit sequences for more than 100 feature films, created the opening movie that establishes the game's original storyline. The dark, moody sequence introduces the militant, evil-hunting secret society called the Darkwatch as well as their deadly new agent and half-vampire gunslinger Jericho Cross. Cooper and his production company, Prologue Films, combined computer animation with live action to recreate the game's unique visual style. Cooper's design highlights the visual continuity High Moon Studios established for every aspect of the Darkwatch organization including their weaponry, vehicles and outfits.
"Even prior to enlisting Kyle Cooper on DARKWATCH, myself and other members of our creative team were fans of his work and great appreciators of what he has done to elevate the art of title and credit design," said Emmanuel Valdez, cco, High Moon Studios Inc. "When we approached him to create an original sequence for our game, there was immediate creative chemistry. The result is this phenomenal creation that thoroughly captures the spirit of our property yet has that indelible Kyle Cooper style."
The Darkwatch organization is a vigilant strike-force that has protected man from evil incarnate since the dawn of civilization. Their newest and deadliest agent is Jericho Cross, an outlaw gunslinger pulled into their ranks by an unfortunate close encounter with a vampire lord. To save the West, and to retrieve his soul from the damned, Jericho must hunt down the vampire and destroy the evil minions he has unleashed on the American Frontier.
High Moon Studios Inc. is an independent videogame development company. Headquartered in the coastal city of Carlsbad in San Diego County, California, High Moon employs more than 100 game developers at a state-of-the-art, fully equipped development facility. For more information, visit www.highmoonstudios.com.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. Founded in 1983, the company has created world-renowned franchises including RESIDENT EVIL, STREET FIGHTER, MEGA MAN, BREATH OF FIRE, DEVIL MAY CRY and the ONIMUSHA series. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong. More information can be found at www.capcom.com.