London, UK, 26 January , 2005: THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Climax are delighted to announce that MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3 for the XboxÃ‚Â® videogame system from Microsoft and PC will ship with a host of new and original features, designed to reward gamers with the most complete racing experience ever!
TO THE EXTREME
The most significant addition to MotoGP 3 is a brand new Extreme mode that extends the playing experience even further for gamers. Reflecting the current passion for TT-style street racing, this exciting game mode consists of sixteen new city and suburban tracks. Based on actual race locations from around the world, such as the neon-lit streets of Japan and the country roads around Donington UK, these thrilling new tracks offer a unique, demanding and adrenaline-charged challenge that race fans will love.
As well as the new tracks, gamers also have a richer choice of bikes thanks to the addition of sixteen original motorcycles. Modelled on real world bikes, these exclusive two-wheelers range in power from 600cc racers to 1200cc superbikes.
Just as MotoGP 3's vast number of bikes and tracks offer individual players unrivalled depth, a range of exclusive online features guarantee multiplayer fans a treat too. In keeping with both companies' commitment to developing innovative games, THQ and Climax have collaborated to realise the full potential of Xbox Live! Going beyond anything previously seen, MotoGP 3 boasts three brand new features – Embedded online gameplay, Spectator mode and Commentator mode – that keep it way ahead of the competition. These online features will also be included in the PC version of the game.
MotoGP 3's embedded online gameplay is an Xbox first and a feature that will have a resounding impact on the way gamers play. Blurring the lines between the single-player and multiplayer modes, this unique feature takes Live! functionality to the next level by allowing players to slip seamlessly from the single-player game to online action. Once connected to Live!, players can progress through their single-player career as normal, but can choose to play each event online should they wish. This seamless transition from single-player to multiplayer makes online gaming an easier and more fulfilling proposition.
The embedded gameplay developed by Climax makes it easier for gamers to get online courtesy of a unique seeding system. This seeding system encourages players to race against opponents of similar or slightly greater skill level while discouraging experienced riders from racing against novices.
As the name suggests, Spectator mode allows players to watch while others are racing. So, rather than patiently waiting in the lobby for others to finish, players can now jump straight into the game and watch races unfold. As well as allowing players to enjoy the sheer thrill of watching a highly-charged race, this unique feature also offers gamers an invaluable opportunity to learn from their competitors.
Another original revolutionary option developed exclusively for MotoGP 3 is the Commentator mode. With this, the host of Live! games can assign a spectating player to commentate on the race action. This hugely innovative feature places players closer to the action and is sure to provide endless entertainment as gamers try their hand at matching the vocal eloquence of the BBC's Suzi Perry!
The end result of all these exclusive features is the most technologically advanced racing game ever, as Climax's CEO, Karl Jeffery, explained. "The inclusion of the new Extreme mode and exclusive online features is true to our commitment to continually innovate. We wanted to push back the boundaries of the XBOX Live! technology and with the spectator, commentator and embedded online gameplay options, I believe we've done just that. Combined with the Extreme mode, these features make MotoGP 3 the most complete racing experience ever!"
Ian Curran senior vice president of European Publishing, THQ, is similarly enthusiastic about the impact the new features will have: "The critical acclaim heaped on the first two MotoGP games meant we really had to raise the bar with this third edition. We wanted to do so much more than merely churn out another sequel, and the whole development team has risen to the challenge. The extreme mode adds tremendous variety and depth to the game – taking the racing out onto the streets. In addition by blurring the line between on-line and single player racing, along with the superb seeding system we keep MotoGP 3's multiplayer mode ahead of the pack."
Founded in 1988 by Karl Jeffery, Climax Group Inc. has grown to become the world's leading independent video game developer. At the cutting edge of the games industry, Climax develops technologically advanced and critically acclaimed interactive games software for all major console platforms. The company works with major worldwide publishers such as Microsoft, SCEA, Buena Vista Games and THQ to create such hit titles as ATV Offroad Fury 3, Sudeki and the Moto GP series on Xbox and PC. Climax is headquartered in Los Angeles. Additional information on Climax is available at www.climaxgroup.com.
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