Destineer Announces Stoked™: Big Air Edition
Highest Rated Xbox 360® Snowboarding Game Now Includes
Racing, Even Better Controls, Two New Mountains, Better Graphics, and More
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – September 30, 2009 – Stoked, which has the highest Metacritic score of any advanced-generation snowboarding game, is now faster, bigger, easier to control, and even more gorgeous in Stoked: Big Air Edition. New features include racing, marked trails that make it easy to find great runs, lots of park objects to use for tricks, two new mountains, better visuals, and faster and smoother riding. Stoked: Big Air Edition is priced at $39.99 and will be released exclusively for the Xbox 360 videogame system from Microsoft® on November 24, 2009.
Stoked gives players physical control of their rider through the analog sticks, which eliminates the need for players to memorize combos and gives them the ability to craft their own riding and trick styles. As players complete challenges and win events with style, they gain sponsorships, gear, and clothing from over 30 real-world brands, like Burton, Libtech, Volcom, Dakine, Nikita, and Quicksilver, and they gain profiles of their exploits in leading snowboarding magazines.
Stoked: Big Air also introduces racing for both single-player and multiplayer modes. Three types of races are included: Head to Head Through Gates, Pack Racing Through Gates, and Freestyle First to the Bottom (multiplayer only).
Players can ride with Pros in the Pro Challenges, in which they match the moves of seven different Pros, including Travis Rice, Gigi Ruf, Nicolas Muller, and Annie Boulanger. Or, they can also race against any of the Pros.
Stoked: Big Air features seamless drop-in, drop-out multiplayer. At any time, anywhere, on any mountain, players can instantly choose to free-ride with a posse of up to seven friends, or challenge them in a variety of competitive riding activities.
In addition to racing, players can compete in a variety of Big Air and Grind-fest events, compete on behalf of their sponsor to take control of a mountain in the Battle of the Brands, ride for media exposure, build a scrapbook of pictorial exploits, free-ride the mountain for high scores, and complete a variety of technical trick challenges.
Key new features in Stoked: Big Air include:
Race against the world’s top riders in single-player mode, or race online against up to seven other players via Xbox LIVE®. Depending on race type, you can race through gates or carve your own route fastest to the bottom.
Stoked: Big Air makes it easy to find great runs on every mountain. Each mountain includes eight runs with marked and groomed trails, lots of park objects to trick off and on-screen highlighting of kickers and jumps.
Besides marked trails filled with lots of park objects, many mountains also have park objects spread throughout the wild.
Two New Mountains
Stoked: Big Air includes all five mountains from the original Stoked, plus two new mountains: Laax and K2. Together, these seven mountains give players over 500 square miles to explore. While every mountain has marked and groomed trails, players can also fly their helicopter to carve their own lines anywhere on any mountain.
Smoother and Faster Riding
We’ve tweaked all aspects of riding, from camera angles to animations to the sensitivity of the controls, and we’ve made Stoked: Big Air even faster, with even more Big Air opportunities.
Stoked: Big Air is now even more gorgeous, with a new lighting model, post effects, fog, upgraded particle effects, and more.
Two New Pros
Gigi Ruf and Romain de Marchi join Travis Rice, Nicolas Muller, Wolle Nyvelt, Annie Boulanger, and Tadashi Fuse.
Stoked: Big Air Edition is being developed by the Austrian snowboarding enthusiasts at Bongfish GmbH.
Players can be sponsored by the following gear and clothing brands: ANON, ARCUS, BILLABONG, BLUE TOMATO, BONFIRE, BURTON, DAKINE, DRAGON, DRAKE, ELECTRIC, ELEVEN, HART, LIBTECH, NEFF, NIKITA, NITRO, NORTHWAVE, PROTEC, OAKLEY, QUIKSILVER, RAIDEN, R.E.D., RIDE, ROME, ROXY, SALOMON, TECHNINE, VANS, VOLCOM, and VONZIPPER.
Film companies and snowboarding publications in the game include ABSINTHE-FILMS, METHOD MAGAZINE, SNOWBOARD CANADA MAGAZINE, HUCK MAGAZINE, and ONBOARD MAGAZINE.
More information for journalists, including screenshots and graphics, is available at: http://gettingstoked.com/blog/2009/09/30/stoked-big-air-announcement/.
More information about the game is available at: www.gettingstoked.com/blog.
Destineer publishes affordable family-friendly video games for home consoles, portable digital devices, and PC and Mac computers through our Destineer, Bold Games, and MacSoft brands. Destineer is a privately owned corporation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information about Destineer is available at www.destineergames.com.
Bongfish GmbH has developed authentic licensed action-sports video games since 1999. Located in Graz, Austria, the studio specializes in recreating the ’soul & vibe’ of action sports experiences using their own proprietary technology.
About Absinthe Films
Absinthe Films established themselves as a premiere snowboard film production company in the late 1990s. Since then, owners Justin Hostynek and Patrick Armbruster have been pushing the envelope of snowboard film making the world over while remaining committed to environmental awareness and responsibility. For more information on Absinthe Films visit www.absinthe-films.com.