Midway Revolutionizes With FreeFormer Gameplay

by Thomas on Oct. 31, 2002 @ 9:18 a.m. PST

Midway Games Inc. a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that revolutionary FreeFormer gameplay will be featured in Haven: Call Of The King, a groundbreaking action and fantasy console videogame, which is in development and scheduled to ship Nov. 18 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. The title is also scheduled to ship for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube in 2003. Haven: Call Of The King is being developed by acclaimed U.K.-based developer, Traveller's Tales.

"FreeFormer gameplay is the next major development in videogaming," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "The technology in Haven: Call Of The King allows for an unbelievable cinematic-style smoothness and experience as you encounter the varied play mechanics in the game."

The Revolutionary Technology

Utilizing FreeFormer gameplay - which allows the player to experience multiple gameplay mechanics blended together in a virtually limitless world - a variety of genres are fluidly integrated into one game. In the game, players have total freedom to move anywhere in the world on foot or by vehicle with smooth gameplay transitions between turret-based shooting, boat racing, bike battles, plane fighting, gladiator arena combat and space exploration. In addition, the groundbreaking technology allows players to seamlessly travel from the earth, through the atmosphere, into outer space, and back again.

The gameplay in Haven: Call Of The King projects a cinematic-type quality with visually stunning worlds and environments. Like scenes from a movie, all of the levels in Haven: Call Of The King perfectly link together the character-driven story, which directs the gameplay and unfolds against a backdrop of the many enchanting worlds.

The Epic Story

Haven: Call Of The King unveils a remarkable tale of exploration and intrigue. Players embark on an epic quest as Haven, a heroic young man haunted by dreams that awaken him to the legend of the "Golden Voice." A bell that can be rung in times of need, the "Golden Voice" is the only way Haven can free his people from slavery and imminent death at the hands of the evil Lord Vetch.

To emancipate his people and complete his galactic crusade, Haven must prove his mettle in the warrior training grounds and navigate untold dangers to recover the relic that will guide him to the "Golden Voice."

The Groundbreaking Design

Complementing the revolutionary technology in Haven: Call Of The King is the artwork of world-renowned fantasy and science fiction illustrator Rodney Matthews. Matthews, acknowledged worldwide as one of the top artists in his genre, created artwork and concepts for the title. He's created a wide range of art for record covers, books jackets, books, TV series, and videogames over the past 30 years and his designs - published as everything from posters to jigsaw puzzles - have sold millions across the globe.

Traveller's Tales is an independent, UK-based developer of interactive entertainment. During thirteen years of development, they have worked with publishers like Sega, Nintendo, Activision, Sony, Universal and Disney and have worked on games such as Sonic R, Toy Story (1 and 2), Bug's Life and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. To date, titles developed by Traveller's Tales have sold millions of units worldwide. You can find more information on Traveller's Tales at the company's website: www.t-tales.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, the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeTM and Game Boy® Advance.

For more information about Midway Games visit www.midway.com.

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