The harsh days and volatile nights in Pacific City come to life in a riveting five-part animated mini-series chronicling the events that have transpired between the Xbox 360 smash hit â€œCrackdownâ€ and the highly anticipated sequel, â€œCrackdown 2â€. Starting today, fans can tune into Youtube.com/machinima for a look down the back alleys and behind the locked doors of Pacific City with an exclusive premiere of the series with episode 1, titled â€œHome Truths.â€
The first â€œCrackdownâ€ took place in the fictional metropolis of Pacific City, where the Agency â€“ an organisation using genetically enhanced soldiers known as Agents â€“ was contracted to rid the city of three powerful crime syndicates. The saga continues 10 years later in â€œCrackdown 2,â€ with new enemies (the Cell and the Freaks) that stand in the way of the Agencyâ€™s goal to bring Pacific City back under control. After the events in the first â€œCrackdown,â€ a dangerous virus was released and those who were infected â€“ the Freaks â€“ began ravaging the city. A civilian resistance, called the Cell, also formed to take the fight into their own hands by mounting offences against the Agency. Players return as Agents in â€œCrackdown 2â€ to once again bring peace to Pacific City â€“ by any means possible.
Written by Ruffian Games Senior Designer Ed Campbell, the events that lead into â€œCrackdown 2â€ unfold to answer your most pressing questions: Why is Pacific City in turmoil? What happened to the Agency? Who is the Cell? Where did the Freaks come from? And, most importantly, who is Catalina Thorne?
Animated by seasoned comic artist and illustrator Alex Ronald, youâ€™ll see the vibrant world of â€œCrackdown 2â€ like never before, as the Agency, Cell and Freaks bring Pacific City to the brink of destruction. With the Voice of the Agency returning to narrate the way, youâ€™ll go deep behind enemy lines, scour the underground and experience more of the explosive action leading up to the Xbox 360 exclusive launch in July.
The miniseries will be viewable in five parts, with the conclusion of the series airing on June 21, 2010.