MIDWAY SIGNS BILL BELLAMY TO BLOCKBUSTER CAST OF CELEBRITY VOICE TALENT FOR NARC®
Soundtrack Gets Pulse-Pounding Musical Score, Combining Classic R&B Tracks With New Urban Beats
London, August 26, 2004 – Leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY) today announced that it has added Bill Bellamy (Any Given Sunday) to its blockbuster cast of celebrity voice talent for NARC. Other Hollywood talent already confirmed to lend their voice talent are Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol.2), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Blade II) and Michael Wincott (The Crow, The Count of Monte Cristo). In addition, Midway is producing an original soundtrack for the gritty crime drama. The soundtrack is to consist of well-known classic hip-hop and R&B tracks from acts such as Cypress Hill, Curtis Mayfield and Grandmaster Flash, and mixed with modern, upbeat sounds created by up-and-coming underground artists. NARC is scheduled to be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft in early 2005.
"Much like a movie, Midway is creating a compelling and dynamic score that provides a musically driven back-beat to the on-screen action," said Matt Broughton, European Marketing Director, Midway. "By combining the music from several eras, with A-list Hollywood talent, we seek to provide a complete entertainment experience for the consumer."
Some of the classic hits expected to be featured in the game include:
"Hits From The Bong" - Cypress Hill
"Golden Brown" - The Stranglers
"The Bottle" - Gil Scott Heron
"Pusherman" - Curtis Mayfield
"Freddie's Dead" - Curtis Mayfield
"Smoke Two Joints" - Toyes
"Step On" - Happy Mondays
"White Lines (Don't Do It)" - Grandmaster Flash
"That Smell" – Lynyrd Skynyrd
"The Professional" - DMX
To further enhance the soundtrack, Midway is incorporating original songs from an array of up-and-coming hip-hop talent. Several of the various artists that lent their musical talents to Midway's hit soundtrack from the recent release, NBA Ballers, have also created custom tracks for NARC; including Jelly Joe, Kenny Knox, Point Game and Bobby Creekwater of Jatis. By working closely with these rising talents, Midway is able to record some very powerful and soulful mixes that capture the drama and action of NARC's stark setting.
NARC will make a bold statement as a gritty crime drama that offers an intense and thought-provoking view into the seedy world of the war on drugs. Playing as dual characters in the elite NARC squad, Jack Forzenski and Marcus Hill, consumers have a seemingly simple choice; they can walk the line or they can cross it.
Eight Rockland police officers are slain by a drug dealer under the influence of an unknown substance, during a routine traffic violation turned bloodbath. The DEA sends Dt. Marcus Hill to help in the investigation. Marcus was once part of Rockland's police force, until two years ago when his partner Jack Forzenski was kicked off the force. Unable to reconcile his deteriorating relationship with Jack, Marcus left for the greener pastures of the DEA. Now he must again work with his old partner (who's back on the force), and Captain Ed Kowalski, his former boss. Together, they investigate the new mystery drug, untangling a web of lies, betrayals, secrets, and temptations.
Additional information about NARC can be found online at www.midway.com.
Midway Games Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Midway videogames are available for play on all major videogame platforms including the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox®, Nintendo GameCubeTM and Game Boy® Advance.
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