Metro3D Announces Online Combat TitleMetro3D, Inc. Announces The Upcoming 2002 Launch Of Stake™ for Microsoft® Xbox™ Exclusive Online 3-Dimensional Combat Game Debuts At The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) SAN JOSE, California (May 22, 2002) - Metro3D, Inc., today announced a new Xbox title to its 2002 line-up, Stake™, made exclusively for the Microsoft® Xbox™. A first glimpse of Stake, the heavy hitting combat game is now on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Developed in partnership with Gameness Art Software of Taiwan, Stake is scheduled for release in Q4 2002. "Stake is an exciting addition to Metro3D's Xbox line-up for 2002 and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and a must-have title to get this holiday season," said Joseph Morici, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Metro3D. "With the upcoming launch of Microsoft's built-in broadband online network, we look forward to allowing Stake players to take full advantage of the Xbox machine's online game play capabilities, which will allow up to eight players to challenge and compete against one another simultaneously." Stake is the ultimate third-person combat event where the wildest, most engaging, and dangerous competition reap a ton of cash every two years. It's Stake time again and everyone is ready for this year's match-up for which Stake competitor will receive riches and fame and command the respect of all who dare defeat them. Three modes of play including Death Match, Team Death Match and Castle Mode, where players fight to be first to light sacred flames on their opponent's castle are available to heat up each powerful challenge. Utilizing Microsoft Xbox's built-in broadband online feature, Stake allows up to eight players to compete simultaneously in four-player split-screen combat or eight-players online. All eight characters are powered with different attacks, defenses, speed and special "anger" power levels, exclusive to each character. Players can also attack with interactive items including grenades, ice, gasses, hot oil, flaming statues, rocks, and more. Exclusive downloadable content such as new maps, additional characters and a level editor are also available through the game's special online feature. Great Xbox-specific textures and effects, including 4,000 polygon characters, realistic real-time lighting and shadows, and smooth animation are also enhancements of the game.