FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"UNREAL(R) TOURNAMENT 2003" SET FOR SUMMER RELEASE
"Unreal Tournament 2003" Coming This Summer, "Unreal II" Arrives for the Holidays
LOS ANGELES - March 18, 2002 - Infogrames, Inc., a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment software, announces release dates for two highly anticipated sequels in the Unreal(R) family of action games. "Unreal Tournament 2003," whose precursor won GameSpot's 1999 Game of the Year award, is poised to deliver non-stop multiplayer action starting this summer. And, "Unreal II," sequel to the blockbuster hit "Unreal," will bring single-player story-based action to new heights when it ships this fall in time for the holiday season.
"Unreal Tournament 2003," being created by London, Ontario Canada developer Digital Extremes, is a completely new incarnation of the hit game that has come to epitomize the gladiator bloodsport of the future. The original game has enjoyed success as a team sport among rabid gaming fans and professional gaming leagues since its release and Digital Extremes will continue the non-stop mayhem by delivering a fantastic multiplayer gaming experience utilizing Epic Games' state-of-the-art next generation Unreal Engine technology. "UT2003" takes players into more than 30 action packed arenas, with over 50 highly individualized characters and an intimidating arsenal of weaponry. Digital Extremes previously co-developed both the originals, "Unreal Tournament" and "Unreal" alongside Epic Games with James Schmalz, founder and creative director of Digital Extremes, co-designing both games.
"Digital Extremes is planning to blow the doors off the action genre when 'Unreal Tournament 2003' ships this summer," says Schmalz, "The original 'UT' has maintained a strong fan-base over the past two years and we believe the all-new 2003 edition will more than satisfy the existing fans as well as attract new players to the game."
Schmalz added, "The new game types, special effects, weapons, player models, vastly more detailed arenas and improved artificial intelligence in 'UT2003' will redefine the word sequel."
"Unreal II," being created by Infogrames' Legend Entertainment, also uses Epic's next generation Unreal Engine technology to deliver intense single-player action. Featuring a compelling story, this sequel to the best-selling "Unreal" takes players to more than ten unique worlds where bizarre alien creatures and hordes of tough enemy soldiers lurk around every corner. Between missions, players return to an orbiting ship where they rendezvous with crewmembers and prepare for the next battle.
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About Digital Extremes Based in London, Ontario Canada, Digital Extremes is one of the leading development studios in the gaming industry. Founded in 1993 with the vision of creating a new world of entertainment through the power of technology, imagination and innovation, Digital Extremes is best known for co-creation of the tremendously successful award winning and ground breaking Unreal franchise and continues to transcend boundaries with every new game creation. For more information about Digital Extremes visit the studio's Web site at www.digitalextremes.com.
About Epic Games Epic Games Inc, based in Raleigh, NC and established in 1991, is a developer of cutting-edge computer and video games. The company is best known as the creator of hit PC 3D action games Unreal and Unreal Tournament both award-winning blockbuster hits having each sold more than 1 million copies. Unreal Tournament has been recognized as the Game of the Year by many leading gaming media outlets including Computer Gaming World, the #1 PC games magazine, and has appeared on PC, Macintosh, Linux, Sony PlayStation 2 and Sega Dreamcast. Epic's Unreal engine has been licensed to several top game developers for games in a variety of genres on multiple platforms including the Microsoft Xbox. Eidos' Deus Ex, which was PC Gamer magazine's 2000 Game of the Year, and Electronic Arts' critically acclaimed Undying are among the many shipping titles built using the Unreal engine. Prior to their 3D success, Epic Games was well known for the hit shareware games Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball. Additional information can be obtained through Epic's Web site at www.epicgames.com.
About Infogrames New York-based Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company develops video games for all consoles (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft), PCs, and Macintosh systems. Infogrames' catalogue of more than 1,000 titles includes award-winning franchises such as Civilization(tm], Backyard Sports(tm], Deer Hunter(r], Driver(tm], RollerCoaster Tycoon(r], Test Drive(r], and Unreal(r], and key licenses including Survivor(tm], Warner Bros. Looney Tunes(tm], Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(tm], Dragon Ball Z(r], Mission Impossible(r], Harley-Davidson(r], Major League Baseball(r], and the National Football League(r], among many others. The Company's Humongous Entertainment and MacSoft labels are leaders in children's and Macintosh entertainment software, respectively.
Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) (Euronext 5257), a global publisher and distributor of video games for all platforms, as well as interactive digital television, and mobile smart devices (WAP, HDML). In 2001, IESA acquired Infogrames Interactive, Inc. (formerly Hasbro Interactive), including its line of software based on well-known licenses such as MONOPOLY, Jeopardy(r], TONKA, and Atari(r], which are published and distributed in the U.S. by Infogrames, Inc. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.infogrames.com.
About Legend Entertainment Legend Entertainment is an Infogrames (www.us.infogrames.com) studio tasked with creating front-line entertainment software products. Legend's current focus is 3D action/strategy games built using the Unreal game engine. The studio started out as an independent game developer and publisher, founded in 1989 and was eventually acquired by GT Interactive Software in December of 1998. GT Interactive was subsequently acquired by Infogrames in 1999. Since its inception, Legend has created nineteen titles and has established a sterling reputation in the industry for game design. Other Legend development credits include the Unreal Mission Pack (Return to Na Pali), Star Control 3, and Callahan's Crosstime Saloon. Publishing credits include the critically acclaimed Mission Critical, Death Gate, Companions of Xanth, Eric the Unready, Timequest, and the Spellcasting and Gateway series. For more information, please visit www.legengent.com.
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