MIDWAY Unveils High Powered Lineup For 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo
Diverse Product Portfolio Includes Proven Franchises and New Intellectual Property Along With Kids, High–End PC Games, Handheld, Current Generation Titles and Support for All Next Generation Systems
CHICAGO – May 3, 2006 – Unveiling one of the most diversified and high powered lineups in company history, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, announced today its product portfolio to be shown at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), May 10–12 in Los Angeles. This year’s lineup showcases proven brands such as Blitz®: The League™, Unreal Tournament® 2007 and Mortal Kombat®: Armageddon™; exciting new properties such as John Woo Presents Stranglehold™; kid’s properties like The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy™; high–end PC titles such as The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ along with full support for both handheld and next generation game systems.
“Our 2006 E3 lineup truly reflects our product strategy to broaden our portfolio and commit our resources to developing titles in a wide range of genres on all major platforms: handhelds, PC, and next generation consoles, ” said David F. Zucker, president and CEO, Midway. “From proven brands like Mortal Kombat and exciting next generation games such as John Woo Presents Stranglehold, to high–profile PC titles such as Unreal Tournament 2007 and games for the younger market and handhelds, this is Midway’s most diverse and powerful line up yet.”
Midway’s exciting E3 product lineup with expected ship dates include:
John Woo Presents Stranglehold™ (PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360™, PC; Winter 2006) – Experience exhilarating, next–gen action for the PS3, Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC, as you continue the story of Inspector Tequila from John Woo’s influential action film, “Hard Boiled” starring Chow Yun–Fat. Run into danger with both fists full of lead and take down the organized crime bosses who stepped over the line when they took your family. Stop at nothing as you destroy the entire world around you to get them back. You are a desperate man following your own rules; honor thy family; do what’s right; fear no man.
This title has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Unreal Tournament® 2007 (PC, PS3) – The latest entry into the Unreal® franchise, Unreal Tournament® 2007, is currently in development by Epic Games Inc. Fans will be blown away by the next–generation game play, modifiability and visuals that Epic’s Unreal® Engine 3 technology will bring to the franchise.
This title has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Blitz®: The League™ (Xbox 360™, Nintendo Wii™, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system; October 2006) – The celebrated arcade–style football franchise is back and better than ever with a new treatment of America’s most popular sport. Blitz: The League exposes the harsh and troubling, behind–the-scenes stories of a fictional professional football league.
Mortal Kombat®: Armageddon™ (PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox®; October 2006) – Introducing Mortal Kombat: Armageddon – the latest chapter in Midway’s best–selling, award–winning, videogame fighting franchise. With the most complete Mortal Kombat roster ever, including every character from the Mortal Kombat fighting universe, revolutionary Create–A–Fighter and Create–A–Fatality modes, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon promises to be the most complete, intensely lethal, fighting experience ever!
Spy Hunter®: Nowhere to Run™ (PlayStation 2, Xbox®; September 2006) – Spy Hunter®: Nowhere to Run™ takes the Spy Hunter franchise where it’s never gone before – on foot. Featuring action superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as government super–spy extraordinaire Alex Decker, players for the first time ever can step out of the Interceptor and straight into third-person action, utilizing The Rock’s physical prowess by taking down enemies with intense melee combat moves.
The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (PC) – The Lord of the Rings Online is the world’s first and only massively multiplayer online (MMO) role playing game based upon the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Gamers of all levels will establish their unique reputations, explore incredibly detailed realms and join familiar Tolkien characters, while adventuring solo or in fellowships within an evolving and persistent re–creation of Middle–earth. The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ is developed by Turbine, Inc. Midway will co–publish (along with Turbine) and distribute The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ in North America.
Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War™ (PC; June 2006) – Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War™ is the first real–time strategy game to place players directly in the heart of combat as a heroic general fighting side–by–side with their troops. Players can completely command one of the four mightiest empires of the ancient world as in a traditional RTS, but can also use Rise & Fall’s innovative Hero Mode to enter the battlefield as one of history’s eight greatest heroes.
Rise & Fall will be exclusively shown on Alienware systems at E3.
Happy Feet™ (PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo Wii, Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo DS™, PC; November 2006) – Based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming comedy adventure Happy Feet™, Midway’s immersive video game puts the player in the “tap shoes” of Mumble, a young penguin born into a nation of singing Emperor Penguins where each needs a Heartsong to attract a soul mate. Unfortunately, Mumble is the worst singer in the world... however, as it happens, he is a brilliant tap dancer! Based on the general storyline of the film, the player will be able to experience life from the point of view of Mumble in music, dance and interaction with the friends and enemies of the penguin’s world.
The Ant Bully (PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PC; July 2006 – Nintendo Wii; November 2006) – Go pick on someone your own size! After bullying an innocent ant colony, a young boy named Lucas is magically shrunk down to ant size and embarks on a remarkable adventure. Play as Lucas, experiencing the dangerous and thrilling life of an ant as you battle, explore and forge new friendships with natives and other species in his new ant world. Based on exciting moments from Warner Bros. Pictures upcoming digitally animated family adventure The Ant Bully, and featuring all –new challenges created especially for the game, help Lucas evolve from recluse to hero in his quest to save the colony from extermination
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy™ (PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance; November 2006) – The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy video game pits the characters from the popular Cartoon Network television show against each other in a fighting–adventure game, filled with mayhem, chaos and over–the–top graphics. In battle mode, up to four players can use a multitude of weapons in destructible arenas like the “Desert of Doom ” and the “Underworld ” to battle it out and be the last one standing. Players also have the option to play on their own or with a friend in mission mode. There are a series of 45 story–based missions which will encourage players to unlock new weapons and characters like the Boogey Man and Jack O’Lantern.
MLB® SlugFest® 2006 (PlayStation 2, Xbox®; May 2006) – Midway’s newest offering of its over–the–top baseball series, MLB SlugFest 2006 features a new create–a–player mode, updated 2006 team rosters and stadiums, along with a new library of signature animations and extreme collisions that have distinguished the franchise since its debut in 2002.
RUSH™ (PSP system; September 2006) – For the first time ever on the PSP system, attempt mad jumps, high–flying stunts and arcade-style racing from the original RUSH franchise. Go head to head with a friend in a street race or cruise mission using wireless functionality, or experience Story Mode which allows you to race through 5 Los Angeles city re–creations while finding treacherous shortcuts and surviving death–defying jumps!
Mortal Kombat®: Unchained™ (PSP system; September 2006) – Mortal Kombat®: Unchained™ takes the Mortal Kombat franchise to new heights with an innovative fighting system tailored for wireless functionality, unparalleled depth and brutally intense action that will appeal to long–time Mortal Kombat fans, as well as new gamers.
NBA Ballers: Rebound (PSP system; May 2006) – NBA Ballers: Rebound is the only one–on–one basketball videogame available for the PSP highlighting the rags–to–riches path from an unknown Baller to today’s biggest NBA superstar.
For more information about Midway’s entire lineup of products being showcased during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles please stop by booth #4001 in Petree Hall or visit www.midway.com.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
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