Publisher: Microsoft® Game Studios
Developer: Intrepid Computer Entertainment
Format: DVD for the Xbox® video game system
ESRB Rating: Pending
Availability: Spring 2004
Overview: Before there were roofs overhead, there were dank, dark caves
echoing with the grunts of their prehistoric inhabitants. Before organized
crops and farming, every new fruit and berry picked off the tree could
either be sweet, delicious sustenance — or deadly poison. Every
roar in the distance necessitated tribal unity; every rock shard and
broken stick could be a weapon; every flame needed to be preserved.
Before there was history, there was "BC."
"BC" is an original third-person action/adventure game
that hurtles players back millions of years into prehistory, to the
beginnings of humankind. Members of a clan take part in an epic journey
of survival, battling against ferocious, prehistoric creatures and exploring
and exploiting vast natural environments. New technologies and knowledge
could be just over the next rise. If humanity is to survive, the tribe
needs to evolve into a thinking, resourceful unit that can rise up to
become the pioneers in a primeval, unpredictable world.
Key Features: ? Brutal prehistoric combat. Players experience savage
battles in an uncivilized, merciless era. Heads and limbs get torn off
and pools of blood congeal after brutal conflicts in a violent, dangerous
world where only the strong survive.
• The world is a weapon. Gamers will discover and create a multitude
of deadly weapons using naturally occurring materials. Enemies can be
poisoned with native plants; an avalanche can be triggered to kill predatory
opponents: Interactive environments allow for multiple solutions. Any
object can be picked up or used as a tool or weapon, and wild animals
have the potential to be predator or prey.
• A massive prehistoric world. Players must lead their tribe through
the nascent earth's deadly but beautiful environments, from ancient
rainforests to underwater settings. Gamers must weather the elements,
from scathing desert heat to raging tropical rainstorms and fierce mountain
• Deadly adversaries. The tribe becomes the hunted when deadly
creatures ranging from saber-toothed tigers to velociraptors defend
their young or stalk tribe members for food.
• Evolution or extinction. Gamers handpick tribe members to produce
babies born to be hunters, mystics, fighters or other specializations.
As their experience grows and time passes, players choose the right
skills and powers to enhance their characters and benefit the tribe.