Encore to Publish Midway's The SufferingT for PC PC Gamers to Experience Action Horror Hit this Spring
Los Angeles, CA - May 5, 2004 - Encore, a majority-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR) today announced that they have reached an agreement with Midway to publish their hit console title The Suffering for Windows PC. The title is scheduled to ship to retailers in late May.
The Suffering combines a chilling storyline with third person action and adventure to create one of the most frightening and horrifying experiences available on the PC. Players assume the role of Torque, a man convicted of a horrible crime that he may or may not have committed. He's sentenced to life in Abbott State Penitentiary, a haunted place that hides a terrible secret, one that threatens both the prison guards and the hardened criminals that call this isolated hell home.
This game has enjoyed great success on console platforms, receiving high marks and critical acclaim from top gamer and consumer press such as PSE2, Maxim and Stuff, where the game garnered "Game of the Month" honors, and IGN.com, where it was praised as ".a breath of fresh death rattle."
Torque's tale unfolds in nine terrifying levels, where grisly mutated creatures, sadistic prisoners and guards lurk around every corner. A variety of deadly weapons are at his disposal to help him survive and escape from prison. In addition, Torque has a "rage meter" that, when filled, transforms him into a hideous and bloodthirsty creature that looks and feels
right at home with the other dozen monstrosities stalking his every move. Torque will be able to interact with other inmate NPC's and enlist their help in escaping, or take them out if they get in his way.
The Suffering also features three distinct endings based on how the game is played. In revealing Torque's story, he could be a cold-blooded killer, a man wrongfully accused, or something far, far worse. The Suffering will be rated "M" by the ESRB and carry an expected retail price of $29.99 when it ships in late May. For more information on the console game visit the website at www.thesuffering.midway.com.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Encore is a majority-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR), and a leading interactive publisher in the PC CD-ROM and videogame markets. The company publishes top-tier entertainment titles through agreements with Marvel (DaredevilT), JoWooD Productions (Silent Storm, SpellForce, Soldner), Ascaron (SacredT) and Monte Cristo (Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps). The company also offers PC titles or compilations in major software categories from productivity to education, including Transparent Language, Marine Aquarium, Sesame StreetT, AdvantageT and Family Tree MakerT. Encore products are sold in thousands of retail outlets nationwide, and in major international markets.
Navarre is a Minneapolis MN-based distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia software products. For more information on Encore and Navarre Corporation, visit www.encoreusa.com or www.navarre.com