Santa Monica, CA â€“ May 16, 2005 â€“ id Softwareâ„¢ and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the development of ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARSâ„¢. Developed by Splash Damage and built on id Softwareâ€™s new MegaTextureâ„¢ rendering technology, ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS pits the armies of Earth against the invading alien Strogg in the ultimate online strategic shooter. Featuring strategic team play, persistent character promotions, day and nighttime combat missions, and the universeâ€™s most powerful weapons and vehicles, ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS transports players to the front lines of an epic new war for Earth.
â€œFor years, fans have enjoyed incredible battles on the Strogg home planet; but with ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS, weâ€™re taking players back to the war that started it all â€“ the Strogg invasion of Earth â€“ where the choice is to fight with the humans or the alien Strogg in a massive campaign for survival,â€ said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. â€œLike all great id Software games, ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS unites bleeding-edge technology, a fantastic universe, and meticulously balanced gameplay to deliver an engrossing and futuristic gaming experience.â€
â€œWe have been so proud of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territoryâ€™sâ„¢ rave reviews, â€˜Game of the Yearâ€™ awards, and massive fan-base, so to work with id again in developing ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS is an amazing opportunity.â€ states Paul Wedgwood, Lead Game Designer and Owner of Splash Damage Ltd. â€œThe stories of the Strogg invasion of Earth have always fascinated me, and now through ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS, weâ€™re able to bring this incredible war to life with an uncompromising level of detail and realism.â€
As the invasion begins, players choose to battle as one of five unique classes in either the EDF (Earth Defense Force â€“ humans) or the barbaric alien Strogg armies, each augmented with specialist weapons and combat hardware. Troops utilize over 40 conventional and futuristic vehicles, deployable structures, and defense systems like quad-bikes, tanks, and alien walkers for epic ground assaults; or helicopters and anti-gravity ships to lend firepower from the air. Throughout each battle, teams establish bases, deploy defense structures, artillery, radar, and advanced forward-command systems into enemy territory while constructing and demolishing obstacles to speed progress and gain a tactical advantage over the enemy.
With realistic dynamic lighting and shadowing from headlights, searchlights and even the moon, battles can be fought during the day or night; while accurate simulation of the atmosphere, weather, and vegetation combine to create an unparalleled degree of realism. Battlefields are perfectly rendered using MegaTexture, a totally new rendering technology developed by id Software that crunches millions of polygons and a gigabyte-scale texture into a single, seamless and un-tiled landscape with unique detail down to the square inch or the un-obscured distant horizon.
Players can take on class specific missions or join a fireteam to utilize advanced command and communication options, including voice-chat and the gameâ€™s context sensitive mission order system. With bitterly contested multi-battle campaigns, each soldier fights not only for victory, but to gain valuable skills, special rewards for team-play, and persistent military promotions and medals. ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS will debut at this yearâ€™s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Activisionâ€™s booth #1224 in the South Hall.