Take-Two Interactive’s 2K Sports label yesterday announced plans for a new poker video game for Sony’s PSP based on the popular World Poker Tour television series. World Poker Tour for PSP will be available in the spring.
World Poker Tour for PSP, according to Take Two, features real-life professional poker stars and venues featured in the popular World Poker Tour television series with enhanced A.I. players, customizable characters and online capabilities compatible with PlayStation 2 consoles. The game will feature the virtual equivalents of real pros such as Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Phil “Unabomber” Laak.
New enhancements to World Poker Tour for PSP include a completely new artificial intelligence system that allows gamers to challenge more than 1,200 different characters, all with their own unique playing styles and behaviors. Gamers who are able to bump up their career earnings can unlock custom clothes, accessories, and invitational events found only in the PSP version. Players can also create more than 4,000 custom variations of poker, and choose to play against computer opponents or take their custom poker game online to battle for poker supremacy.
“With the growing popularity of televised poker shows such as World Poker Tour, poker has become a mainstream sport,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “By partnering with the trusted World Poker Tour brand, we are bringing both gamers and poker fans alike the most realistic poker experience available. And now that World Poker Tour will be available on the PSP, gamers can enjoy the game wherever they go.”