Minneapolis -- October 18, 2005 â€“ With the release of Greg Hastingâ€™ Tournament Paintball MAXâ€™D (GHTP MAXâ€™D) the intensity and innovation of the 2004 sleeper hit returns to the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft. With new features such as Breakout Manager and Field Editor, the franchiseâ€™s continued focus on speed, tactics and teamwork separate this first person action game from the pack. GHTP MAXâ€™D is available now from Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI).
GHTP MAXâ€™D sets the tone with a breakthrough feature set providing limitless gameplay possibilities for gamers. The new Breakout Manager gives gamers complete control of their AI teammatesâ€™ positions, moves and targets at the start of the game. This control is so complete that gamers can even direct their AI teammates to maintain shooting at key positions known as â€œBurn Lanes.â€ In addition, the new Field Editor and Split Screen features enable gamers to create their own fields and test their skills with multiplayer split-screen action, allowing both head-to-head competition and Co-Op play on their own created fields.
"With more than 120,000 registered users on Xbox Live, Greg Hastingsâ€™ Tournament Paintball is among the most popular multiplayer games for the platform,â€ said David Oxford, Activision, Inc. â€œNow with GHTP MAXâ€™D, fans and new players alike will experience a whole new level of intensity and innovation.â€
GHTP MAXâ€™D builds on the speed, tight controls and recognized innovative features that made the original GHTP a 2004 sleeper hit. In GHTP MAXâ€™D, gamers engage in â€œplay for realâ€ action to carry them through 213 field layouts and 29 tournaments offered in the game. Using a combination of speed and tactics to take out their opponents, including 14 pros from Keely Watson and Chris LaSoya to Greg Hastings, players are constantly challenged by the limitless combinations of team match ups and field layouts. From designing their own fields to taking control of the team with
voice and field commands, gamers must utilize true tactics and strategy to earn their degree from the GHTP Shooter School of Tricknology.
The Xbox Live factor plays heavy with this game. Over 120,000 registered gamers have played the original GHTP on Xbox Live and the game has consistently ranked in the Xbox LIVE Top 25 games since its launch last year. GHTP MAXâ€™D is poised to pick up where the first game leaves off with the ability to have up to four players on the same Xbox. Career Mode Co-Op also lets players join with friends to break up the pros or taking each other on head-to-head.
A groundbreaking game would not be complete without an outstanding soundtrack. The GHTP MAXâ€™D soundtrack is setting a new standard for music in video games. Working together for the first time, multi-platinum artists DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) and B-Real (Cypress Hill) have recorded a new hip-hop song entitled â€œPlay for Realâ€ for the GHTP MAXâ€™D soundtrack. In addition, the soundtrack features Puddle of Mudd, and several up and coming bands.
GHTP MAXâ€™D is available for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft for a suggested retail price of $39.99 with other platforms to follow soon. The game has been rated "E10+" by the ESRB for ages 10 and up. For more information about the game visit www.activisionvalue.com.
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About Activision, Inc.
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