CHICAGO â€“ December 13, 2005 â€“ Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, today announced NBA BallersÂ®: Phenomâ„¢ is scheduled to ship for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system and the XboxÂ® videogame system from Microsoft in Spring 2006. NBA Ballers: Phenom is the sequel to NBA BallersÂ®, the best-selling basketball videogame released in 2004.
"With the huge success of NBA Ballers and the fact that it was truly the first basketball videogame to successfully incorporate the fantasy lifestyle element, we canâ€™t help but to be excited with the announcement of NBA Ballers: Phenom," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "In addition to the new 2-on-2 basketball action (along with classic 1-on-1) and a detailed story mode, weâ€™re really looking forward to showcasing the gameâ€™s new, unique gameplay modes and enhanced features over the next several months."
NBA Ballers: Phenom is a revolutionary sports video game that introduces an entirely new open world and interactive environment, featuring an exciting story mode and even more player customization opportunities than its predecessor. Set in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles, the player controls his own destiny, embarking on a personal quest to become tomorrowâ€™s NBA phenomenon. For the first time ever in the NBA Ballers franchise, the NBA Ballers: Phenom story mode allows the unique opportunity to develop both on and off-the-court adventures. Players can follow the Ballerâ€™s dream by getting noticed on the court and drafted into the NBA, as well as become an entrepreneur off-the-court complete with clothing line, record label and movie deal.
Midway also revealed today NBA BallersÂ®: Reboundâ„¢ for the PSPâ„¢ (PlayStationÂ® Portable) system from Sony. NBA Ballers: Rebound is the only one-on-one basketball videogame highlighting the rags-to-riches path from an unknown Baller to todayâ€™s NBA superstar and is based on the original Midway title, NBA Ballers.
For more information about NBA Ballers: Phenom visit www.midway.com or nba.com.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago,Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
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