Press release: 2006-04-11: SEGA(R) Ships Award-Winning 'Condemned: Criminal Origins' for the PC; PC Gamers Go on a Hunt for a Deranged Serial Killer in Monolith's Psychological Thriller

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2006--SEGA(R) of America, Inc. today announced that its first-person psychological thriller Condemned: Criminal Origins(TM) for the PC has shipped to retailers nationwide. After making its debut as a launch title for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Condemned: Criminal Origins was awarded "Best Xbox 360 Action Game of 2005" by Developed by award-winning Monolith Productions, courageous PC gamers can now experience terrifying drama as they use their instincts, forensic tools, and combat skills to track serial killers and bring them to justice.

Condemned: Criminal Origins puts players in the shoes of Ethan Thomas, an FBI agent in the Serial Crimes Unit. His pursuit of relentless serial killers leads him through detailed urban environments filled with terrifyingly real sociopaths who lurk on the periphery of humanity.

"Condemned: Criminal Origins is the innovative psychological thriller that PC gamers have been longing for," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "All the terrifying imagery, emotion, and sound that was praised on the Xbox 360 remains perfectly intact in the PC version."

Condemned: Criminal Origins features amazingly photorealistic environments and true-to-life sound effects that transport players directly to the scene of the crime. Gruesome weapons including paper-cutter handles, wooden planks, and lead pipes ripped from walls can be fashioned from the environment by clever players. With advanced artificial intelligence, enemies don't just run at the player; they find appropriately powerful weapons and then hide in the shadows, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.

Condemned: Criminal Origins has received numerous accolades for its superior gameplay and audio excellence, including the Best of 2005 award for "Best Sound Effects," the Editor's Choice Award for "Top 5 Xbox 360 Game of the Year," and the The Best of 2005 award for "Best Use of Sound."

Rated "M" for Mature by the Entertainment Software Review Board, Condemned: Criminal Origins for the PC is available at retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $39.95. For more information about Condemned: Criminal Origins, please visit For screenshots and art, please visit the SEGA FTP site at

About SEGA(R) of America, Inc.

SEGA(R) of America, Inc. is the American Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA(R) Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The SEGA(R) of America, Inc. Web site is located at

About Monolith Productions

Monolith Productions, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, located in Kirkland, Washington has risen to critical acclaim over the past 11 years through an emphasis on delivering quality products such as F.E.A.R., Condemned: Criminal Origins, the No One Lives Forever franchise and Tron 2.0. Monolith is currently hiring for multiple positions for the F.E.A.R. sequels as well as other unannounced projects.
SEGA of America
Jennie Sue, 415-701-3675
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Access Communications
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