EIDOS INTERACTIVE AND MPLAYER FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO
BRING EIDOS' HIT MULTIPLAYER GAMES TO THE INTERNET
Eidos to Launch Online Games Community and Bring Full Line-up to Mplayer
Mountain View, CA (November 24, 1997) -- Mplayer (TM), the industry's top-rated Internet games service, and Eidos Interactive, a worldwide leading game developer and publisher, today announced a strategic partnership to bring Eidos' multiplayer computer games to the Internet. Through a five-year agreement, Eidos will bring its full line-up of multiplayer games to Mplayer. The two companies will also work together to create an Eidos-branded online games community where Eidos games fans can go to check out the latest Eidos news and play the latest Eidos multiplayer games against hundreds of thousands of opponents on the Internet.
In the upcoming months, game fans on Mplayer will match wits with opponents from across the country playing such Eidos games as Deathtrap Dungeon, Joint Strike Fighter, Flying Nighmares 2, and other exciting new titles like Daikatana and Dominion from ION Storm, the new game development company founded by John Romero, industry luminary and co-creator of Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, DOOM II, and QUAKE.
Tom Garland, vice president of network programming for
Mplayer, believes that Eidos' line-up will draw many new game fans to Mplayer. "From
thrilling, realistic flight simulators like Flying Nightmares 2, to action-packed 3D
shooters like Daikatana, Eidos' line-up is top-notch," said Garland. "We're
proud to have them join the world's best developers who are now trusting Mplayer with
their full arsenal of multiplayer games." Mplayer and Eidos are also teaming up to
create an online gaming community that Eidos games fans can access through Mplayer and
Eidos' new online gaming site EidosGames.com. From the EidosGames.com site and the
EidosGames Channel on the Mplayer site, game fans can directly launch into the
Eidos-branded area on Mplayer to play all of Eidos' best multiplayer games against hundreds of thousands of opponents on the Internet for free. Eidos games fans will experience all the benefits of Mplayer, from fast, low-latency gameplay, to communications features like voice and text chat, pagers, and buddy lists, to events like tournaments and training sessions. The EidosGames Channel on Mplayer and EidosGames.com will also feature news and community events so that Eidos games fans can check out the latest information on all of Eidos
games, download new game demos, and become part of the Eidos games fans community.
According to John Kavanagh, publishing director for Eidos
Interactive, Eidos customers crave a great online games experience. "Among our
customers, there is a great demand for a fast Internet play component," said
Kavanagh. "We're strengthening our commitment to online play first, by making our
games available on a top-rated low latency gaming network such as Mplayer, and second, by
creating a great online community where our fans can gather." ION
Storm's John Romero believes that Internet brings a great human aspect to computer gaming. "On the Internet, the game takes on a life of its own," said Romero. "Games like Daikatana and Dominion were designed so they could take advantage of the social aspect of the `Net and really push gaming to the edge. Fans on Mplayer are about to be blown away."
Eidos titles Terracide and Joint Strike Fighter are scheduled to launch on Mplayer in the next month. Other games from Eidos and ION Storm coming to Mplayer include Deathtrap Dungeon, Flying Nightmares 2, Daikatana, and Dominion. These games will launch on the service throughout the remainder of 1997 and through 1998. Additional Eidos titles coming to Mplayer over the next five years will be announced at a later date.
About Eidos Interactive
Eidos Interactive is best known for its award-winning title Tomb Raider, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and features the popular character Lara Croft, recently named one of Time Digital's top fifty "Cyber Elite." The company develops and publishes interactive entertainment products for the PC, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Macintosh and Internet. Eidos Interactive is part of Eidos plc (NASDAQ: EIDSY), which includes Eidos Technologies, a software-based video compression and decompression company, Glassworks, a state-of-the-art post-production facility specializing in digital effects and video editing for the television and advertising industries, and an independent record label called Naked Records. For more information on Eidos Interactive's games go to http://www.eidosinteractive.com.
On Mplayer, game enthusiasts can play the hottest games -- from 3D shooters where quick moves are key, to America's favorite board games -- against thousands of opponents on the Internet. In addition to having superior technology for fast-action gameplay, Mplayer's communications technologies -- interactive speech (voice chat), text-based interactive chat, pager, buddy lists, and Scribble Talk(R), a feature that lets gamers draw pictures or diagram game strategies on a shared screen -- make Mplayer the most fun and social multiplayer game service. Gamers also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Mplayer-sponsored activities and events including tournaments, All-Nighters, Basic Training Sessions, and ongoing contests focused on games. Launched in 1996, Mplayer is rated the top Internet games and entertainment service by such leading industry publications as PC Gamer, Computer & Net Player, Yahoo!, Internet Life and GameSpot. In February of 1997, Mplayer made a revolutionary move as the first commercial online game service to offer free Internet game play. Mplayer remains the leading visionary to deliver superior communication technologies and cutting-edge software. Mplayer can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.mplayer.com.
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