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SiN Episodes to be at CES 2006 (Dec.22.2005)
We will be showing SiN Episodes: Emergence at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, taking place from January 5 - 8 in Las Vegas. The game will be part of the Games for Windows display at Microsoft's booth, located at Central Hall / 7144. If you're at the show, don't hesitate to stop by and check out SiN Episodes: Emergence!

SiN Episodes to be shown at CPL Winter Event (Dec.5.2005)
Attendees of the CPL Winter Event will get an exclusive first at SiN Episodes during Ritual Entertainment's workshop on episodic gaming. Click here to find out more!

SiN Episodes interview on Game Guru Mania (Dec.4.2005)
Game Guru Mania chats with the Levelord about SiN Episodes, covering story, the episodic format, SiN 1's influence, gameplay, and more. Have a look!

SiN Episodes Media Update (Nov.30.2005)
The media section has been updated with four brand-new screenshots from SiN Episodes: Emergence. We've also got a new wallpaper showing Jessica Cannon ready to kick some ass. The piece of art used for the wallpaper is also featured in the latest issue of Girls of Gaming, now available on store shelves throughout the United States.

SiN Episodes fan interview on Ritualistic (Nov.30.2005)
Ritualistic has an extensive new SiN Episodes interview, consisting entirely of questions submitted by fans. A multitude of topics is covered, so give it a read!

Developer Diary: Voice Recording, and More (Nov.16.2005)
The latest developer blog update has arrived, talking about the recently completed voice recording session, the just released screenshots, and the current status of the game. Drive over to the Blog section to give it a read.

Feast Your Eyes, Gentlemen! (Nov.15.2005)
A picture says more than a thousand words. With that in mind, we've updated the Media section with all-new screenshots and concept art! While you're at it, don't miss the latest wallpaper featuring none other than SiN Episodes hero John R. Blade! This is going to be the first of a regular stream of media updates, so keep checking back for more.

SiN Episodes interview on Ritualistic (Nov.15.2005)
Over at Ritualistic there's a new interview with the SiN Episodes development team, chatting about the current status of the game, lessons learned during development, music, and more. Check it out!

Developer Diary: Alpha, Script and Media (Oct.26.2005)
A new entry in the SiN Episodes developer blog is here, revealing that the first episode is really close to Alpha and that new media is on the way. Head over to the Blog section to read it!

PC Zone Previews SiN Episodes - Part Deux (Oct.19.2005)
The second part of PC Zone's SiN Episodes coverage is online now, filled with juicy information straight from the development team. Take a look!

Developer Diary: Dynamic Difficulty (Aug.31.2005)
The latest entry in Shawn's developer blog is up, discussing the game's dynamic difficulty system and how a unique logging function helps the team to analyze play testing sessions. Check out the Blog section to read it!

New SiN Episodes Downloads (Sep.26.2005)
We have some brand-new stuff for you to deck out your desktop with, including the first of several Steam skins and new wallpapers. Surf over to the downloads section to grab it!

PC Zone Previews SiN Episodes (Sep.25.2005)
The latest issue of British magazine PC Zone contains the first half of a two-part feature on SiN Episodes. The article is also available online and comes with one new screenshot, so take a look!

SiN Episodes on the Cover of Hungarian PC Games (Sep.1.2005)
Jessica Cannon is all over the cover of this month's PC Games in Hungary, which features a six-page preview of SiN Episodes and an in-depth interview with select members of the development team. Click here for more information about the magazine.

New Developer Diary (Aug.31.2005)
The second installment of Shawn's Blog is up, announcing that SiN Episodes: Emergence has reached the important milestone of being gameplay complete! Shawn also spills the beans about writing the script for SiN Episodes, and delves into the challenges this task brings with it. Hit the Blog section to read it!

SiN Episodes Featured on 1UP (Aug.30.2005)
SiN Episodes is featured prominently in an article about episodic gaming on Steam over at 1UP. They also have a video interview with Ritual's director of development Tom Mustaine, so have a look!

SiN Episodes Website Updated (Aug.26.2005)
We've updated the SiN Episodes website with all sorts of new stuff, including all-new game media, a development blog, a fan site kit and a list of our fansites. While you're at it, don't forget to take the SiN Episodes multiplayer survey to help us shape the SiN Episodes multiplayer experience.

PC Gamer UK's SiN Episodes Preview Now Online (Aug.11.2005)
GamesRadar.com now has a reprint of the large SiN Episodes cover story that originally appeared in the August issue of PC Gamer UK. It offers a ton of information on the game, so be sure to give it a read!

SiN Episodes interview on SiNEpisodes.net (Aug.9.2005)
SiNEpisodes.net is the latest site to feature an interview with the SiN Episodes team. The piece is accompanied by a render showing the updated Magnum pistol, so don't miss it!

SiN Episodes interview on Ritualistic (Aug.1.2005)
There's a brand-new SiN Episodes interview over on Ritualistic, talking with Steve Nix, Tom Mustaine, Shawn Ketcherside and the Levelord about the game. Check it out!

SiN Episodes interview on GameCloud (Jul.7.2005)
GameCloud chats with Steve Nix, Levelord and Shawn Ketcherside about SiN Episodes. Take a look!

Ritual Entertainment Unveils "SiN Episodes" (Jul.7.2005)
Action-Packed Return to Freeport City Powered by the SourceTM Engine

Dallas, TX - July 7, 2005 -- Ritual Entertainment? today announced the development of SiN Episodes?, featuring the highly anticipated return of Elexis Sinclaire, the world's most dangerous and seductive biochemist, and the only man who stands in her way, John R. Blade. The sworn enemies face off in Freeport City, a near-future mixture of San Francisco, Tokyo and New York, all set inside the unrestricted SiN universe.

The upcoming SiN Episodes chapter entitled Emergence is the first in a series of episodic adventures powered by the award-winning Source ? engine developed by Valve�. Delivered on Steam?, the online content delivery system, Sin Episodes takes a bold new step into the future of gaming.

"Combining the incredible power of the Source engine with episodic content delivery via Steam has empowered us to raise the bar on key features of the SiN universe, interactivity, character driven gameplay, and emergent AI," said Tom Mustaine, cofounder and Director of Development for Ritual.

"Digitally delivered episodic content is the next frontier in the games industry," said Steve Nix, Ritual CEO, affording the award-winning development studio unprecedented flexibility. "Episodic development gives Ritual the opportunity to be much more responsive to community feedback and industry trends. We can adjust our content to deliver maximum entertainment value with each installment."

"One of our goals for Steam and Source is to provide a viable platform for independent developers who would rather be working on original IP," said Gabe Newell, founder and president of Valve. "It's great to be working with Ritual again as they take this pioneering step for the industry. I look forward to purchasing my copy of SiN: Emergence."

SiN Episodes expands on the role of Colonel John R. Blade, a battle worn hero in charge of HardCorps, an elite strike force with a long history of conflict with SinTEK, a powerful multibillion dollar empire headed up by Elexis Sinclaire, a beautiful, brilliant, and ruthless scientist who is out to remake humanity according to her own twisted vision. Joining Blade on his mission are JC, a HardCorps hacker with a secret to keep, and Jessica Cannon, a fiery rookie who can find her way into any secure facility.

SiN Episodes: Emergence features never before seen weapons, characters and environments along with a host of interactive options, paying homage to its predecessors, SiN and its expansion pack, Wages of SiN, which set a new bar for interactivity. Additional information and purchasing options will be announced on sinepisodes.com or www.steampowered.com at a later date.

An 8-page preview of SiN Episodes: Emergence is featured in PCGamer UK's August issue, which hits newsstands on July 7th, 2005. The article includes exclusive images from the game along with additional materials available on the accompanying PCGamer UK DVD.

About Ritual
Ritual Entertainment, a Dallas, Texas-based game development studio, has been a consistent leader in the evolution of content and technology for some of today's most successful console and PC games. Established in August 1996, Ritual is known for its ability to develop both internal and external properties with award winning results. More on Ritual Entertainment can be found at www.ritual.com.

About Valve
Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. The company's portfolio of entertainment titles includes Half-Life�, Counter-StrikeTM, Day of Defeat?, and Team Fortress�. Valve's portfolio of titles accounts for over 18 million retail units sold worldwide, and over 88% of the PC online action market. In addition, Valve is a developer of leading-edge technologies, such as the Source game engine and Steam, a broadband platform for the delivery and management of digital content. For more information, please visit www.valvesoftware.com.

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SiN Episodes interview on Next Generation (Jul.6.2005)
The Next Generation guys sit down with Ritual CEO Steve Nix to talk about the business side of SiN Episodes. Have a read!