||Game is listed as a CD game due
for December 1995 in the Atari Dealer Price List Q3/1995.
Today at the E3 Tradeshow, Time Warner Interactive, Consumer Games Division (TWi)
demonstrated their new "Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars(TM)" title on four
systems at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, in Suite 309. Viewed for the
first time were versions for the PC CD-ROM, Atari(R) Jaguar(TM), and Super NES(TM). A
final version for the Sega(TM) Genesis(TM) was available and will ship May 26, 1995.
"Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars" is a result of TWi's dual license: an
exclusive three-year contract with Wayne Gretzky, all-time NHL scoring leader and four
time Stanley Cup winner, and a license with The National Hockey League Players'
Association (NHLPA) that brings professional hockey players' names, profiles and
statistics to the game.
"The sports market is very competitive -- we're going for winners, by pulling
together the best technology, licenses, and talent," commented Mark Beaumont, Senior
Vice President Product Development and Marketing at TWi. "We have a lot of experience
creating sports titles and we're going out strong with 'Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA
Beaumont noted, "With two years of research and development on top of our three-year
Gretzky exclusive, we've set the foundation for a winning line-up."
"Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars" looks and plays realistically because
professional gameplay was captured on video and in 3D rendered animations. To capture the
real movements and character of Wayne Gretzky, Gretzky himself was filmed for use in the
CD versions skating, passing, blocking, and scoring. The title features digitized film
footage of NHLPA players to accentuate critical moments like face-offs, blocks and goal
scoring. Video footage was taken, digitized and imported into a computer software package
where character outlines or animated "skeletons" were constructed to recreate
true movements and actions.
The title features over 600 professional hockey players including 26 North American teams
and six International All-Star teams. Battery back-up lets you track wins and stats, trade
players, edit team line-ups and names, and go for a full 84 game season with playoffs.
Designed so that with just three pushes of the button you're on the ice, "Wayne
Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars" puts you at center-rink for a unique
close-to-the-action perspective. Video clips of referees appear to keep order during play
and digitized audio announces penalties and goals. Player animations are 20% larger than
images in competitive hockey games and details such as backwards skating action and the
sounds of puck slaps and stadium music add to the realism.
(AEO E3 1995)