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'Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell' Goes Gold

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2004 @ 7:07 a.m. PST

DreamCatcher Games today announced Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell has reached gold status. The Expansion Pack for the award-winning FPS, Painkiller, will begin shipping to North American retailers on November 11th and will begin releasing across Europe on November 24th.

Picking up where the game's story left off, Painkiller: Battle Out Of Hell offers multiple features to extend enjoyment of this spectacular shooter. Using code from the 1.5 update, the Expansion Pack includes an additional single-player chapter with 10 levels, as well as new multiplayer modes, maps and models. It will also offer an amplified arsenal of un-deadly weapons, bigger and badder bosses and the map editor Software Development Kit.

"Painkiller fans are going to be very happy with Battle Out Of Hell," said Richard Wah Kan, DreamCatcher's CEO and President. "The levels are bigger, the gameplay is more intense, and if you can believe it, the monsters are even more terrifying."

A shooter in its purest form, Painkiller boasts truly inspired graphics and some of the most intimidating level bosses ever seen. Utilizing the Havok 2.0 physics engine, the game continues to achieve new heights of physics-based game play while the latest version of the "PAIN Engine" cranks out an unbelievably high polygon count, and exciting new features like heat and haze distortion, light blooms, spectacular pixel mapping, new shader effects, tweaks for the latest video cards and an improved networking core.

Developed by People Can Fly, Painkiller: Battle out of Hell is rated 'M' for Mature in North America and has a "16+ PEGI" rating in Europe. Players will need the original version of Painkiller to play Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell. Download the Painkiller demo at Painkiller is the Official tournament game of the CPL $1,000,000 2005 World Tour.

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