Midway Announces E3 LineupMIDWAY UNVEILS STELLAR GAME LINEUP AT THE ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (E3) 2002 Action-Adventure Entertainment and Adrenaline-Style Sports Videogames Lead Pack LOS ANGELES - May 22, 2002 (E3 Booth # 800, South Hall) - Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today its videogame lineup for next-generation game systems at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 22-24, 2002. Midway Entertainment Titles MORTAL KOMBAT : DEADLY ALLIANCE Mortal Kombat®: Deadly Alliance™ marks the re-launch of the Mortal Kombat series with a lethal dose of unparalleled brutality, supernatural mystique and a reinvented fighting system that will redefine the fighting game genre. This next-generation take on the multi-million unit selling franchise features progressive physical damage that allows players to view the inevitable demise of their opponents while utilizing three unique fighting styles for each warrior, creating nearly unlimited fighting possibilities. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is scheduled to ship fall 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. HAVEN: CALL OF THE KING Haven: Call Of The King™ is the first game to transcend the boundaries of interactive technology and immerse gamers in a world seemingly without limitations. Haven: Call Of The King unveils an epic tale of exploration and intrigue as the hero, Haven single-handedly battles the enslavement of his people by the evil tyrant Lord Vetch. Derived from revolutionary technology including fully open, real-time worlds, Haven: Call Of The King combines the fluid integration of third-person and vehicular gameplay mechanics with the ability to explore spectacular cinematic quality world environments - from abysmal caves and eerie castles to stations in outer space. Gamers can seamlessly transition between walking or driving using unique fantasy vehicles throughout a fluid mix of gameplay styles including platforming, turret-based shooting, boat and land vehicular racing, arena combat and space exploration. Haven: Call Of The King is in development and scheduled to ship fall 2002 for next-generation systems. This title is not officially proposed to Sony Computer Entertainment America. FREAKY FLYERS Freaky Flyers™ is the first and only 3-D aerial cart-racing-adventure game for next-generation systems that delivers incredibly vibrant and interactive animated worlds. Players take a ride on the wild side in true Freaky Flyers fashion as they embark on a twisted flight adventure. Freaky Flyers is packed with a cast of 13 intriguing, witty and outrageous characters whose stories intricately intertwine and play out against the backdrop of more than 25 dynamic and completely interactive 3-D environments. Freaky Flyers is in development and scheduled to ship fall 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. DR. MUTO In Dr. Muto™, an all-new 3-D action-adventure videogame, players take on the personality of a proverbial "mad scientist," whose latest experiment accidentally destroyed his home planet, except for his laboratory. With his ingenious morphing technology, Dr. Muto hopes to rebuild his destroyed world by combining with living organisms in order to accomplish tasks no human could achieve - such as clinging to webs as a mutant spider or squeezing into tight spaces as a mutant mouse. As Dr. Muto, players harvest resources from 22 vast levels on four distinct planetscapes while encountering dangerous challenges, freakish monstrosities, and battling Mutos arch nemesis, the evil Professor Burnitall. Dr. Muto is in development and scheduled to ship in fall 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, with the Nintendo GameCube version to follow in winter 2002. DEFENDER Prepare for an out-of-this-world 3-D flying experience with the remake of Defender - the ultimate action-and-strategy videogame. In Defender, players must defend and protect the human race from an alien invasion as they assume the controls of next-generation combat-ready Defender ships. Battling an onslaught of vicious aliens, players strategically pilot their ship through more than 14 treacherous missions spanning the solar system, executing dynamic tactical maneuvers such as barrel rolls, 360-degree loops and spinning reversals in order to evade the enemy. Defender is under development by 7 Studios and scheduled to ship fall 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. LEGION: THE LEGEND OF EXCALIBUR Legion: The Legend of Excalibur features an intense, "never-been-done-before" mixture of strategy, role-playing and action gameplay. Players take direct control of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, leading legions of men into dynamic battlefield environments. Battling through 13 in-depth missions, players must find and recruit the eight Knights of the Round Table, while Merlin provides background and insight to aid in uniting Camelot. Legion: The Legend of Excalibur is under development by 7 Studios and scheduled to ship in spring 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. FIREBLADE™ Players experience the deadly impact of war firsthand in Midways all-new military chopper-action videogame. FireBlade™ delivers an original take on the helicopter combat game genre with intense, fiery missions that combine visceral combat and warlike strategic plots. Blasting through 18 missions in four campaigns, players navigate their lethal military chopper through frequently changing weather conditions, whizzing gunfire and thundering explosions in real world locales such as the Swiss Alps, Arizona Desert, Amazon Jungle and the Arctic Circle. In order to conquer terrorist enemies, FireBlade pilots can run silent in stealth mode, evade enemies with night vision sensors and disable alarms while remaining undetected with EMP weapons. FireBlade is scheduled to ship in June 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and in fall 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube and other next-generation systems. JUSTICE LEAGUE: INJUSTICE FOR ALL (For Game Boy Advance) Justice League: Injustice For All is based on the incredibly popular animated television series, Justice League. Fighting for truth, justice and freedom in more than 14 unique levels, players pick from one of seven mighty super heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter) and utilize their special powers to thwart the Injustice Leagues evil plan to destroy all do-gooders. Justice League: Injustice For All is in development and scheduled to ship in fall 2002 for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. The popular super hero characters will also be featured in videogames scheduled for release in 2003 on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube™. The PlayStation 2 version of this title is not officially proposed to Sony Computer Entertainment America. SPYHUNTER (For Game Boy Advance) SpyHunter is the all-new remake of Midways popular 1980s action-racing game. With a next-generation design, incredible high-tech weaponry and a sleek new vehicle (the G-6155 Interceptor), SpyHunter thrusts gamers through eight high-adrenaline missions around the globe in exotic locations in a quest to save the world. The ultimate counterintelligence prototype, the G-6155 Interceptor can morph on-the-fly into a deadly high-velocity speedboat, a turbo jet watercraft or a supercharged motorcycle with a turbine engine (horsepower classified), helping players evade the relentless onslaught of enemy fire. SpyHunter for Game Boy Advance uses the Game Link® cable, allowing for intense two-player action. SpyHunter shipped May 14 for the Game Boy Advance and is available now for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. GAUNTLET DARK LEGACY (For Game Boy Advance) Gauntlet Dark Legacy is an action-adventure, "hack-n-slash" style videogame that allows as many as four game players to battle cooperatively. Using a force of special weapons, exotic magical powers and deadly combination attacks, players slay hordes of evil minions and hideous creatures while searching for treasure, evading traps and solving the many mysteries of Gauntlet Dark Legacy. Scheduled to ship in fall 2002 for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Gauntlet Dark Legacy is currently available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube. Midway Sports MLB SLUGFEST 20-03 MLB SlugFest 20-03 is the first-ever adrenaline-style console baseball videogame. Officially licensed by MLB Properties and MLBPA, MLB SlugFest 20-03 delivers a unique combination of authentic baseball with over-the-top, adrenaline-style gameplay action. Unlike any other baseball game, MLB SlugFest 20-03 features enormous, muscle-bound athletes who take to the field to perform outrageous plays both offensively and defensively including turbo-powered throws and pitches, blistering hits, and acrobatic diving catches. MLB SlugFest 20-03 uses advanced motion capture technology to clearly detail each players facial expressions and reactions. The animations are so precise, gamers can view players on the field chewing gum, talking to one another and cheering for teammates. MLB SlugFest 20-03 is in development and scheduled to ship this summer for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube, with the Game Boy Advance version to follow in fall 2002. NHL HITZ 20-03 Officially licensed by the NHL and the NHLPA, NHL Hitz™ 20-03 unleashes a total hockey experience with even more visually stunning graphics, lightning-fast, adrenaline-style hockey animations, much improved artificial intelligence, numerous all-new gameplay modes and realistic NHL attributes. As the only dedicated adrenaline-style hockey videogame franchise for next-generation platforms, NHL Hitz 20-03 showcases over-the- top 3-on-3 (plus goalies) gameplay with players who leap, glide, check, pass and score on would-be defenders. NHL Hitz 20-03 is in development and is scheduled to ship summer 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube, with the Game Boy Advance version to follow in fall 2002. NFL BLITZ 20-03 Officially licensed by the NFL and PLAYERS INC and featuring real NFL teams, players and stadiums, NFL Blitz 20-03 showcases intense 8-on-8 gameplay coupled with a host of new features that challenges gamers to pick up the skills needed for the "big time." NFL Blitz is the only dedicated adrenaline-style football videogame franchise - providing bigger hits and wilder plays than any other football game. Like a football highlight reel, NFL Blitz 20-03 allows gamers to execute adrenaline-style, over-the-top moves such as bulldozing and stiff-arming, take outrageous dives for passes and control strong-armed, precision-passing quarterbacks who throw darts, bullets and bombs. Along with larger-than-life players and lightning-fast moves, the Create-a-Player mode allows gamers to build their alter ego into the game, pushing NFL Blitz even further atop the football category. NFL Blitz 20-03 is scheduled to ship in summer 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. REDCARD 20-03 RedCard 20-03 features 50 international teams, stadiums and fanatical soccer fans from around the world. Mixing graphically detailed authentic soccer action with aggressive gameplay, RedCard 20-03 offers players exaggerated slide tackles and spectacular, over-the-top animated moves including bicycle, flip and scissor kicks, along with jukes and shimmies. An aggressive player AI offers various scoring and penalty opportunities in which players gain the upper hand on opponents by raising their teams momentum and increasing its abilities and attributes. Adding further to the intense soccer action, RedCard 20-03 features exclusive Time-Warp camera effects that deliver realistic 360-degree replay animations and allows for increased shooting velocity when gamers approach the scoring range. RedCard 20-03 has already shipped for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and will ship for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube in June 2002. Midway Sports Asylum Titles GRAVITY GAMES BIKE: STREET. VERT. DIRT. Gravity Games Bike: Street. Vert. Dirt. is an all-new and unique entry into the action-sports bike riding genre. Officially licensed by Gravity Games , the premier action sports, music and lifestyle festival, Gravity Games Bike: Street. Vert. Dirt. showcases one of the hottest action sports to hit next-generation systems. Players choose from 21 unique riders, including seven pro riders such as Dennis McCoy, Fuzzy Hall, Andre Ellison, Leigh Ramsdell and Jamie Bestwick, whose signature moves and jaw-dropping tricks were motion captured for the game. A variety of challenges and obstacles await gamers as they attempt to master the ten wide-open, fully 3-D courses. Striving for the Gravity Games gold, riders must earn points in ten courses, each filled with death-defying challenges and obstacles. Riders must also perform and master more than 1,400 distinct land and air tricks including Front Flips, Decade Airs, Flares, Bloody Boogers, Indian Airs, Bar-Spin-Disasters and No-Footed Candy Bars. Gravity Games Bike: Street. Vert. Dirt. is scheduled to ship summer 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. COMING SOON IN 2003 Midway Entertainment Titles DOOMSDAY RESCUETM Doomsday RescueTM is the only combat racing game set in apocalyptic urban environments where players battle with rioting civilians to save themselves and the human race. When a deadly asteroid shower hurtles toward earth, players are charged with transporting and resettling key scientists, doctors, politicians and a number of lottery-winning citizens on Mars. As a hotshot driver for the Doomsday Rescue Corp., gamers embark on a frantic adrenaline-rush mission to find and deliver these key humans to their waiting transport ships within 24 hours. In their quest to resettle the human race, players crash and bash their way through seven free-roaming urban environments and destroy anything and anyone between their goal - including hordes of rioting civilians and the evil Back Yard Rocket Federation. Doomsday Rescue is in development and scheduled to ship in 2003 for next-generation systems. This title is not officially proposed to Sony Computer Entertainment America. CRANK THE WEASELTM Crank The WeaselTM is the first twisted action-platform videogame to feature the ultimate dirty dog anti-hero you hate to love. Set in the twisted metropolitan world of Scratchtown, Crank The Weasel challenges players to claw, kick and cheat their way to the top. Cast in the role of Crank, a devilish anti-hero who will steal your heart and your wallet, players execute a plan to escape the horrors of big city life and retire to the ultimate fantasy destination of Pleasure Island. There is only one problem: Crank is flat broke and will need to rob anyone with a buck and steal anything thats not nailed down if he is going to raise the million and one dollars needed for an airline ticket to paradise. Crank The Weasel is in development and scheduled to ship in 2003 for next-generation systems. GLADIATOR: THE CRIMSON REIGNTM Gladiator: The Crimson ReignTM is an all-new, multi-player arena fighting action game. In Gladiator: The Crimson Reign, gamers assume the role of a warrior slave and journey back to ancient Rome during a time when warrior slaves fought for their freedom in gruesome battles to the death. Armed with a unique combination fighting system that renders never-before-seen combo moves and attacks, players battle against fellow slaves and mythical monsters in gladiator-style tournaments in oldworld cities and amphitheaters throughout the Roman Empire. Gladiator: The Crimson Reign is in development and scheduled to ship in 2003 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. This title is not officially proposed to Sony Computer Entertainment America. Midway Sports Asylum Titles NBA BALLERS NBA Ballers is an all-new, adrenaline-style street basketball videogame. Officially licensed by the NBA, NBA Ballers delivers incredibly comprehensive gameplay that offers the unique ability to control massive offensive and defensive player move sets in intriguing fantasy courts. NBA Ballers is in development and scheduled to ship in 2003 for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube. FREESTYLE: METALX™ Freestyle: MetalX™ is an all-new action-sports videogame where gamers and motocross fanatics take to the air and experience firsthand the extreme thrills and spills of freestyle motocross. Featuring challenging game modes, engaging competitions and insane sub-games, players will can-can and rodeo their way into the freestyle motocross record books. Packed with the most realistic physics, the most advanced stunt system, and a huge variety of daring sub-games, Freestyle: MetalX will add a new dimension to the freestyle motocross scene. Freestyle: MetalX is in development and scheduled to ship in 2003 for next-generation systems. NITROCITY™ Nitrocity™ is a high-speed, high-stakes illegal street racing game with tricked-out cars and varied styles of racing. Nitrocity brings the rush of illegal street racing to next-generation gamers in four unique racing environments: drag race, street race, country road and freeway chase. Become "king of the streets" by building up a reputation, gaining "props," and taking on the best racers in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles using customized illegal street machines. Once the sun goes down, gamers hit the road for high-speed, high-stakes action in cars they can tweak, tune and upgrade for maximum performance. In the game, gamers must settle personal battles against one of 15 unique, 3-D-modeled racing rivals who carry a grudge against anyone who beats them on their home turf. Nitrocity is in development and is scheduled to ship in 2003 for next-generation systems. This title is not officially proposed to Sony Computer Entertainment America.