Announces Spectacular Windows Vista Title Lineup
has Redmond's announcement
from E3 about how the coming of Windows Vista will finally free us from the
ugliness imposed upon our games by older versions of their operating systems.
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Microsoft Game Studios and
other leading publishers, including Electronic Arts Inc., NAMCO BANDAI Games
America Inc., THQ Inc. and Funcom, will provide groundbreaking gameplay
experiences for Windows Vista gamers across numerous genres, including
role-playing games (RPGs), first-person shooter (FPS), real-time strategy (RTS),
massively multiplayer online (MMO) and simulation. The showcase lineup for
Windows Vista will include the following games:
• "Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures" (Funcom) is an online
action-RPG with a mix of a deep, story-driven single-player experience and
massive and brutal multiplayer end game, bringing to life the ultimate
representation of the "Age of Conan."
• "Alan Wake" (Microsoft Game Studios) is a psychological
action thriller from Remedy Entertainment Ltd. Cited as one of the best titles
of E3 2005, "Alan Wake" introduces a deeply engaging and suspenseful story line
in a free-roaming open world that invites players to unravel the riveting plot
and experience intense combat that combines the use of light with more
• "Company of Heroes" (THQ) is a World War II RTS from Relic
Entertainment, the creators of game-of-the-year winners "Homeworld" and "Dawn of
War," that brings the cinematic intensity and dynamic battlefields of World War
II to life through a truly visceral gaming experience.
• "Crysis" (EA) is an original FPS based on new intellectual
property developed by Crytek, the makers of the award-winning "Far Cry." In
Crysis(TM), players battle an invading alien force in a number of environments
against a backdrop of rising international tension and rivalries.
• "Flight Simulator X" (Microsoft Game Studios) is the 10th
edition of the popular simulator that immerses players in a beautifully rich and
realistic world, offering gamers a completely new and innovative experience with
dozens of new aircraft, scenario-based missions and spectacular graphics.
• "Halo® 2 for Windows Vista" (Microsoft Game Studios), the
game that redefined first-person combat and multiplayer action for millions of
gamers worldwide, is set to explode onto Windows Vista.
• "Hellgate: London" (NAMCO BANDAI Games America) is an
action-RPG that combines the depth of third-person role-playing games with the
action of first-person shooters. Developed by Flagship Studios Inc., which
includes the creators of the revolutionary "Diablo" series, the game offers
infinite playability through dynamically generated levels, items, enemies and
• "Shadowrun" (Microsoft Game Studios) brings the Microsoft
vision of "Live Anywhere" to life. "Shadowrun(TM)" from FASA Studio is the first
cross-platform game for Xbox 360(TM) and Windows Vista. It is a multiplayer, FPS
that propels team-based combat into a new dimension with a revolutionary blend
of modern weaponry and ancient magic. "Shadowrun" will be available when Windows
Vista is launched.
Groundbreaking DirectX 10 Graphics Unveiled
In addition to highlighting showcase titles at E3, Microsoft previewed the
incredible graphic capabilities of the company's latest games-programming
technology: DirectX® 10. The release of DirectX 10 heralds an astonishing leap
in graphic fidelity over today's hardware, enabling the most realistic and
immersive games yet. With up to six times the performance of earlier versions of
DirectX and support for massively more complex and intense environments, DirectX
10 will debut exclusively on Windows Vista. In addition to broad publisher
support, DirectX 10 is backed by leading graphics hardware companies including
ATI Technologies Inc. and NVIDIA Corp.