Arctic Thunder announced

Midway Games Inc. announced today that Arctic Thunder, "the only snowmobile racing game that breaks-the-rules with combat elements and incredible speeds," is in development for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. This fast-paced, battle-intensive snowmobile racing game that pushes the limits on speed, as well as hand-to-hand and weapon combat is scheduled to ship Fall 2001. Read the press release for more details.
Midway: Arctic Thunder Ices Competition With Intense Combat And Incredible Speed Only Snowmobile Action-Racing Game with Weapon Combat Elements for Future-Generation Systems LOS ANGELES - May 17, 2001 (E3 Booth # 600, South Hall) - Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that Arctic ThunderTM, the only snowmobile racing game that breaks-the-rules with combat elements and incredible speeds, is in development for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the XboxTM video game console from Microsoft. Arctic Thunder is scheduled to ship Fall 2001. Arctic Thunder is a fast-paced, battle-intensive snowmobile racing game that pushes the limits on speed, as well as hand-to-hand and weapon combat. Armed with an arsenal of weapons to choose from like atomic snowballs, proximity missiles and super attacks, the characters in Arctic Thunder possess unique skills and personalities matched with their own custom snowmobiles. Choose from six racing veterans - Agent 5, Candy, Dirty McKurdy, Mai Zhou Lin, Ponzo and Willie Quinn - or unlock more than ten additional hidden characters. In addition to the high-speed, over-the-top races, Arctic Thunder also features a multiplayer battle arena mode, where two to four players battle head-to-head in an enclosed ice arena. Players must use an array of explosive weaponry and strategic weapon combat tactics in order to destroy their opponents. "Arctic Thunder is the only action-packed snowmobile racing game with weapon combat slated for future-generation systems," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "The impressive graphics and combat elements of this fast and furious game make Arctic Thunder incredibly fun to play." Race through 12 wild, nail-biting courses, each with a unique setting. Choose from six open courses - Blizzard in DC, Lost Himalayan City, Chernobyl Meltdown, Swiss Alps, Haunted Forest or Alaskan Pipeline. Players can also unlock up to six hidden tracks - Sports Arena, Logging Camp, UFO, China, Atlantis and Theme Park. Throughout the game, players can perform tricks to get money to upgrade their sled with new power-ups to pave their way to victory. Arctic Thunder Key Features * Weapons - Use weapon power-ups such as atomic snowballs, proximity missiles, super attack, rooster-tails and more * Hand-to-Hand Combat - Punch and kick opponents off their snowmobiles * Additional Power-ups - Collect boosts for speed, shields for defense and health power-ups * Twelve Tracks - Six open including Alaskan Pipeline and Blizzard in DC, and six hidden * Fifteen Plus Characters - Six released including Willie Q., Candy and Agent 5, with more than ten hidden * Tricks - Perform cool tricks while getting major air to gain money and add to upgrade the sled throughout the game * Upgrade Shop - Increase the snowmobile's power, the number, strength and accuracy of power-ups * Battle Arena - Battle head-to-head on an enclosed ice arena (PlayStation®2 - two players, Xbox - two to four players) * Amazing Jumps - Jump off edges of cliffs into lushly detailed worlds * Six Different Modes - Race!, Points, Battle Arena, Upgrade Shop, Training and Arcade