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GamePro – MySims SkyHeroes preview for Xbox 360

GamePro checked out the Xbox 360 version of MySims SkyHeroes a month ago at EA Redwood Shores Studio and has posted their preview online, sharing with us a few new tidbits of information.  Here are a few fun facts about the game:

  • Players take the role of an amnesiac ace pilot recruited by a rebel group set on taking back the skies from the nefarious Morcubus and his evil corporation. As you progress through the story and complete certain challenges in levels, you find out more about your character’s backstory and bring the plot closer to a resolution that probably involves a boss sky battle with lasers.
  • The game forgoes puzzles in favor of races, speed challenges, and customization of planes. The customization options haven’t been finalized yet (e.g. custom decals, etc.), but an upgrade system is in place that has a significant impact on gameplay in the story mode.
  • The story mode missions take place on maps that range anywhere from tropical locations with volcanoes you can fly through to cityscapes with giant skyscrapers you need to avoid. There are eight kinds of power-ups and pickups that increase your speed, change what kind of projectile you fire, or inflict status ailments on your plane like flipping it upside down. You gain health by shooting down opponents.
  • The cityscape map we saw turned out to be a boss fight against a giant statue with laser eyes. The fight contained an optional mission objective to rescue a Sim from a force field to help you out with the boss fight; EA says that many levels will present these “branching story potentials.”
  • This is the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 debut for the MySims series. The game is also coming to Wii, and there’s a DS version with an alternate story perspective. EA partnered with developer Artificial Mind and Movement for the 360 and PS3 versions and is considering post-launch downloadable content for them.
  • EA sees the game as a “stepping stone for kids to explore online play” in that hazy age group between 9 and 13. To that end, they’re aiming for a 10-12 person online multiplayer cap and are set up for local cooperative play. All players are stuck with default planes in multiplayer instead of having access to their upgraded planes from the single-player.
  • EA is not sure whether or not the 360 or PS3 versions will use Natal or Move, yet. The Wii version allows you to use the Wii Remote as a joystick.

read the full preview at GamePro

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MySims SkyHeroes fact sheet

Take to the sky to lead the resistance against Morcubus and his drone army and to stop his plans to take over the skyways! MySims SkyHeroes is an all new adventure that brings the thrill and high-speed action of flying to the creative, immersive world of MySims.

Go from unknown pilot to celebrated hero as you defeat dangerous enemies in aerial dogfights, test your reflexes in fast-paced speed challenges, and take on massive enemy bosses that demand all your skill as a pilot to survive. As you progress, you build, customize and tune your aircraft to give you an edge in combat – upgrade your wings for swifter maneuvers, switch out your engine for a speed boost, or change the paint job to camouflage your plane and avoid enemy fire.

Face Morcubus’ drones with an ally in split-screen cooperative gameplay, or take the game online to challenge your friends in fun, competitive 12-player high speed action.

Morcubus and his drones must be stopped; will you rise to the challenge?

Key Features of Console Versions

  • Action-Packed Air Combat – Take on dangerous enemies in high speed air battles that range from dogfights to air raids to rescue missions
  • Intense Boss Battles – Take on Morcubus and his evil drones in epic boss battles
  • Full Plane Customization – Build & tune your aircraft to optimize it for battle
  • Local & Online multiplayer – Fly with or against up to 12 friends in split-screen co-op and online PvP gameplay
  • Thrilling Adventure Story—Become the Hero who defeats Morcubus and saves the skies from tyranny

Product Specifications

Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Developer: The Sims Studio
Ship Date: September 2010
Category: Action/Adventure Game
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS

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PR: MySims SkyHeroes takes flight on Wii, DS, PS3 and Xbox 360!

For the first time, MySims is heading to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles with MySims Sky Heroes!  Morcubus is back and this time he’s taking the battle to the sky.  Its your job to build and battle your aircrafts to defeat his mission of taking over the skyway.  Read the full PR for more details 😀

The MySims Return to Save the Skies from Morcubus with the New Flying Action-Adventure MySims SkyHeroes

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The thrill and high-speed action of flying meets the creative, immersive world of MySims(TM). The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced MySims SkyHeroes(TM), a new flying action-adventure and the next installment from the MySims franchise is in development for Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), and for the first time, the Xbox 360(R) videogame and entertainment system and PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system.

MySims games have truly become favorites among kids, families and gamers alike, so we have challenged ourselves to take development to the next level and deliver a new style of adventure for fans with game features and MySims-style fun that can be enjoyed equally by all,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of the The Sims Studio. “We are thrilled to have many firsts with MySims SkyHeroes, like introducing epic boss battles, cooperative gameplay missions and online multiplayer, all available for the very first time in any MySims game.”

In MySims SkyHeroes, players take to the sky to lead the resistance against Morcubus and his drone army and to stop his plans to take over the skyways. Starting as an unknown pilot, players fight to become a celebrated hero as they defeat dangerous enemies in aerial combat, test their reflexes in fast-paced speed challenges, and take on massive enemy bosses that demand all their skills as a pilot to survive. As they progress, players build, customize and tune their aircraft to give them an edge in combat – upgrade wings for swifter maneuvers, switch out the engine for a speed boost, or change the paint job to camouflage the plane and avoid enemy fire.

The popular MySims franchise, which has sold over 8 million units worldwide, will debut for the first time on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with MySims SkyHeroes. Expanding to these new platforms, the game will feature a full solo campaign, as well as local split-screen and online multiplayer where fans will be able to fly with or against up to 10 friends in – cooperative or competitive modes.

Developed by The Sims Studio in the EA Play Label, MySims SkyHeroes is scheduled to be available worldwide fall of 2010. For game artwork, visit http://www.info.ea.com.

About The Sims

The Sims franchise celebrated its ten year anniversary in February 2010 and an impressive more than 125 million units sold since its launch in February 2000. Now translated into 22 different languages and available in 60 different countries, The Sims has quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. Since its June 2009 launch, The Sims 3 has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide to date and holds the #1 best-selling PC title for 2009 in North America and Europe. Fan intensity is evidenced through the 110 million downloads of player created content including: Sims, houses, stories and more. The Sims 3 community site, www.thesims3.com, welcomes up to six million unique visitors monthly, handles 300 content downloads every minute and more than 1.8 million uploads have been made to date, including 20 movies each hour. The Sims 3 YouTube Channel is in the top 5 most viewed sponsored channels of all time with more than 26 million video views. Visit The Sims 3 official website to see what the players are creating at www.TheSims3.com or the official YouTube Channel for The Sims at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSims.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA MobileTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA’s homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO, The Sims, MySims and MySims SkyHeroes are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft Group of Companies. “PlayStation” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Wii and Nintendo DS are a trademarks of Nintendo. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.