Codemasters have released the first screenshots and details of World Championship Snooker 2003, which is due for release on Xbox, PS2 and PC next year.


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A number of improvements are said to be in development, including an all new Artificial Intelligence system, which uses a combination of neural network techniques and physics to make sure that the balls accurately move across the table, which coupled with a new aiming system should provide a much more engaging game of snooker that feels more like the real thing.

To bring the added touch of realism to the table, Blade
Interactive Studios have included every last detail, from photo realistic balls, tables and venues, along with the all important players who will have natural character movements and full facial expressions, so they represent their real-life counterparts.


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Presentation will make use of TV-realistic camera views, which will make the game look just like real television coverage, with in-pocket, over-pocket and pocket to player cameras covering the shots from all the angles.

New games are also being introduced in to the title to provide an extra bit of variation and something for Pool fans in the form of 9 Ball Pool and English 8 Ball Pool.


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World Championship Snooker should be making it's trickshot move in to the shops during the first few months of 2003.