CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 2005-- Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY - News), a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, announced today that Unreal ChampionshipÂ® 2, the latest entry in the long established Unreal franchise and the sequel to Unreal Championship (2002), has shipped for the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft.
"Midway, along with the millions of people involved in the Unreal community around the world, is extremely excited about the release of Unreal Championship 2," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "Our recently formed relationship with Epic Games, Inc. is one that we feel extremely thrilled about, both for Unreal Championship 2 and for future Unreal products, and we are confident that gamers will be extremely enthusiastic about our first title together. Unreal Championship 2 has been given the time over its development process to be refined to its core and, as we hope people will soon see, the outcome is one of the best-looking Xbox games on the market and one of, if not the greatest Xbox Live title ever."
"Getting a new game into consumers' hands is always an exciting time for us." said Mark Rein, Vice President, Epic Games. "This one is especially exciting because the UC2 team was able to incorporate third-person play and melee combat, which are new features to the Unreal series, as well as a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging single player storyline. We've had some really fantastic review scores including Game Informer's 9.5 out of 10, Maxim's 5 stars out of 5 and Official Xbox Magazine's 9.3 out of 10. We think gamers will be equally enchanted with this fresh approach to the shooter genre."
Unreal Championship 2 Reviews:
"Best looking, fastest Xbox game ever!" 9.3/10; Official Xbox Magazine
"Unreal Championship 2 is finally here, with more characters, weapons, and levels to love...you're gonna want to ride this lightening." 5 out of 5 stars; Maxim
"Unreal Championship 2 is a completely new and intensely compelling title that no FPS or action fan should be without." 9.5/10; Game Informer
"It's gorgeous, it's blazing fast and it's fun as hell..." IGN.com
"...there seems to be a truly extensive amount of content crammed into (Unreal Championship 2), from the vast number of new game mechanics to the multiple playable characters, new weapon functions, and gameplay modes; Anyone who's looking for a new online shooter with some truly unique gameplay elements would do well to keep an eye out for Unreal Championship 2..." GameSpot.com
About Unreal Championship 2
Unreal Championship 2 brings an entirely new level of intensity to the series as gamers are blessed with superhuman agilities that arm them for battle against deadly characters or readies them for hand-to-hand melee combat. Taking the battle online and around the world, Unreal Championship 2 pits players against each other in an eight-person Xbox Live multiplayer challenge where only the strong survive. Built from the ground up for the Xbox, Unreal Championship 2 features new gameplay elements, including a deep melee combat system that seamlessly blends in with the ranged weapon combat the series is known for, the option of first or third-person point of views, a full story-driven single-player mode, dozens of all new maps, new game modes and an arsenal of new weaponry. Additional information can be obtained through the Unreal Championship 2 web site at www.unrealchampionship2.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 one million copies. Games created with the Unreal Engine include: 2002 Console Game of the Year winner, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(TM) (on PC and console platforms) from Ubi Soft; PCGamer's 2000 Game of the Year, Deus Ex from Ion Storm/Eidos; America's Army: Operations, from the United States Army, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (PC) from Electronic Arts - and many others. 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.
Midway Games Inc. (www.midway.com) is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Midway videogames are available for play on major videogame platforms including the PlayStationÂ® 2 computer entertainment system, XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft, and Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game BoyÂ® Advance.
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