Back Cover of PB2X

At last, the paintball game we have all been waiting for, NPPL Breakout 2009! Activision-Blizzard have teamed up with the NPPL, Team Dynasty, and Bob Long (Ironmen/BLAST fame) to produce the best paintball video game yet! A bit of background, Acti-Blizzard was the publishing arm behind WXG’s Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball series and the company has since redesigned the title from scratch and created a very impressive game. The official release date for NPPL Championship Paintball, 2009 is November 19th.

NPPL Championship Paintball on XBOX 360
NPPL Championship Paintball on XBOX 360

From the back cover of PB2X magazine we noted the cover featured a photo of a Dynasty player utilizing sponsored gear from JT-USA & Smart Parts. Recently we learned that Bob Long was merely a consultant on the game and was not going to be featured in the game (ala the Madden series from rival Electronic Arts).

The official press release has tons off juicy details:

SANTA MONICA, CA –October, 17 2008 – Load up the hopper, lower the mask, and take cover for the most realistic next-generation paintball game ever as Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announces NPPL (National Professional Paintball League) Championship Paintball 2009. This officially licensed title is coming in late 2008 for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, and Wii™.

NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 will feature multiple game modes, officially-licensed gear, and authentic tournament locations and field layouts from the NPPL, the Millennium European Paintball Series, and the XPSL. Players can perfect their skills as they progress from a rookie to pro in career mode and take on the best paintball teams in the world, or get online for an adrenaline rush of intense, cutthroat multiplayer action.

“NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 captures the raw intensity of hardcore paintball in this new breed of extreme sports / first person action entertainment,” Dave Oxford, Activision Publishing. “The game represents our ongoing commitment to the sport and our goal to create the most realistic, competitive experience possible.”

With in-depth design consultation by Team Dynasty and Bob Long, the title will make players feel like they are on the field with motion-captured player movements such as slides, dives, and snapping and leading-edge ballistics that affect the paintballs’ trajectory. The game will also feature unique woodsball-based gameplay modes.

Ryan Greenspan of the world champion San Diego Dynasty paintball team said, “We’ve gotten to play the game quite a few times along the way, and it is definitely the best paintball game we’ve ever played. The graphics are amazing, it’s lots of fun, and super realistic. The beautiful thing is that people are going have an absolute blast playing it from the most hardcore paintball junkies to those who might never have even tried the sport. The breadth of its appeal is huge.”

More information is available at

Gotcha! NPPL Championship puts you into the game!
Gotcha! NPPL Championship puts you into the game!

At launch, NPPL Breakout 2009 will offer support for all of the next gen systems including; XBOX 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, and Nintendo

Magazine Photo Credit: Wonka

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