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Anarchy, destruction and annihilation: Science fiction screenwriter sets scene for PC futuristic action strategy title Maelstrom


February 16 2006, Codemasters is tapping into experienced screenwriting talent to create the backdrop for its futuristic strategy action epic Maelstrom, coming Q3 exclusively for PC.

When it launches the game will not just have the action and characters of a science-fiction blockbuster movie, but will also feature a gripping scenario devised by James Swallow, an experienced science fiction screenwriter whose previous credits include Star Trek: Voyager and Doctor Who.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Maelstrom project,” says Swallow, “We have a dynamic and compelling plotline, epic scope and strong characters. As the game unfolds, the conflicts between the factions and the characters within them become the flashpoints for player missions, and what begins as a battle to live another day soon becomes a global fight for survival, with the player at the heart of the action.”

Says Carl Johnson, Maelstrom’s game designer at Codemasters: “The story in Maelstrom is hugely important; it doesn’t just set the tone and atmosphere, but it also ties directly into the game mechanics, to give the player a better understanding of each faction and how they play. The story follows the apocalypse that has befallen Earth and provides the player with a greater understanding of the motivations behind each of the game’s three factions, the origins of the technology for each side, and the reasons behind the conflict.”

Expanding on Swallow’s backstory, gamers can sign up online ( for exclusive e-mail newsletters that will detail additional scenarios, including first hand accounts from all of the main protagonists featuring in Maelstrom; the episodic content will start with General James Buchanan, the heroic leader of the Remnants faction. More revelations from the game’s other factions - the Ascension and the Aliens - will follow.

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Maelstrom is the result of a unique collaboration between Codemasters and the award-winning Russian development team KDV games (previously known as K-D LAB) whose previous credits include award-winning PC strategy title Perimeter.

With a contemporary sci-fi theme and action packed tactical gameplay, including upgradeable transforming units and weapons of maelstromic destruction, Maelstrom is set to hit on PC in Q3 2006. For the latest info, the new trailer movie and to sign up for exclusive newsletters, visit


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