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|
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(R): The League(TM), Unreal Tournament(R) 2007 and Mortal Kombat(R): Armageddon(TM); exciting new properties such as John Woo Presents Stranglehold(TM); kid's properties like The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy(TM); high-end PC titles such as The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM) 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(TM) (PLAYSTATION(R)3, Xbox 360(TM),
PC; Winter 2006) - Experience exhilarating, next-gen action for
the PS3, Xbox 360(TM) 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
This title has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer
Unreal Tournament(R) 2007 (PC, PS3) -- The latest entry into the
Unreal(R) franchise, Unreal Tournament(R) 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(R) Engine 3 technology will bring to the franchise.
This title has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer
Blitz(R): The League(TM) (Xbox 360(TM), Nintendo Wii(TM), PSP(TM)
(PlayStation(R)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(R): Armageddon(TM) (PlayStation(R)2 computer
entertainment system, Xbox(R); 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(R): Nowhere to Run(TM) (PlayStation 2, Xbox(R);
September 2006) -- Spy Hunter(R): Nowhere to Run(TM) 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(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM) (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(TM):
Shadows of Angmar(TM) is developed by Turbine, Inc. Midway will
co-publish (along with Turbine) and distribute The Lord of the
Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM) in North America.
Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War(TM) (PC; June 2006) -- Rise &
Fall: Civilizations at War(TM) 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(TM) (PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Nintendo
Wii, Game Boy(R) Advance, Nintendo DS(TM), PC; November 2006) --
Based on Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming comedy adventure Happy
Feet(TM), 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
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
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy(TM) (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(R) SlugFest(R) 2006 (PlayStation 2, Xbox(R); 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(TM) (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(R): Unchained(TM) (PSP system; September 2006) --
Mortal Kombat(R): Unchained(TM) 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.