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Club Football announced

  Codemasters announced today that they will be bringing the realistic soccer title Club Football to America for the Playstation 2. Originally developed specifically for Europe, the company is set to produce individual games for all seven of the United Kingdom clubs. Twenty-two players from each of the 15 headline clubs will be featured, including Sami Hyypia, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dennis Bergkamp, Emanuel Petit, Darius Vassell, Lorenzo Amoruso, and Rio Ferdinand. Each character is being individually photographed using a new high-resolution graphical capturing technique. This system is specially designed for Club Football and is said to bring the most realistic portrayal of the game seen on the PS2.

   "The 15-game Club Football series is absolutely for the fans - and they’re expecting to play alongside their heroes looking like the real thing, as they’d see them from the terraces or on television," explains Rachel Wood, Club Football’s Lead Artist. "The level of facial detail we’re working to is very high and will provide an immersive and thoroughly believable gaming experience."

   A total of 330 players from the UK clubs will have their faces scanned in meticulous detail. Through a highly developed technique, the images are used to construct an accurate 3D model of the player’s head. The process involves a team of artists visiting each of the clubs to meet with the players.

   "It’s a great system that gives myself and the other artists an incredible level of detail to work with. All the headline clubs’ player models are portrayed at a level of detail that is closer to photo-realism than we have ever been able to achieve," Wood continues. "No other soccer game has previously gone to such lengths to ensure that its real-name players are portrayed as accurately as they are in Club Football."

   Club America is scheduled to launch in America next year for the Playstation 2.

5/31/2002 Matt Stensrud

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