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Monday, July 7, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on July 7, 2008 @ 9:30 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Unreal Tournament 3 (Xbox 360)

Unreal Tournament 3 for the Xbox 360 is now available, with several new features including split screen, five exclusive maps and two all-new characters, as well as all previously released downloadable content. Unreal Tournament 3, the award-winning first-person-shooter, has already shipped more than 1 million units for PC and PS3.

Xbox 360 owners will get an exclusive video preview of Gears of War 2, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 4.7 million unit-selling blockbuster third-person action game, included on the Unreal Tournament 3 disc. The exclusive video content will include never-before-seen footage of the game’s multiplayer modes featuring new maps, new modes, new weapons and new gameplay elements. The video is narrated by Epic Games’ design director, Cliff Bleszinski, and Gears of War senior producer, Rod Fergusson.

“We are extremely excited to put the fast-paced, frenetic gameplay of Unreal Tournament 3 in the hands of Xbox 360 owners,” said Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing, Midway Home Entertainment. “The exclusive maps, new characters, two-player split screen support and exclusive Gears of War 2 multiplayer video make Unreal Tournament 3 the must-have video game for Xbox 360 this summer.”

“Searing-hot first-person shooter action comes to Xbox 360 this summer with Unreal Tournament 3,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “With a bevy of new and exclusive content, Xbox 360 owners can now get their frag on by choosing to play online with friends over Xbox LIVE or against our amazing AI ‘bots.’”

Unreal Tournament 3, the world’s premier Windows PC first-person shooter, makes its debut on the Xbox 360®. Unreal Tournament 3 unleashes the full power of Unreal Engine 3, taking graphics, gameplay and challenge to a whole new level. Players engage in intense battles with other human players online, or against Unreal artificial intelligence that sets the industry standard. With the most powerful futuristic weapons and vehicles available, this is FPS action at its best!

Rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB, Unreal Tournament 3 is available for a suggested retail price of $59.95 in the U.S.

Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice (PC)

Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice, tasks players with uncovering the mastermind behind a series of unsolved thefts taking place throughout The City of Water during Carnevale.

“The Nancy Drew PC adventure series continues to challenge and entertain players of all ages. The Phantom of Venice retains the same great quality and depth of gameplay that consumers have come to love and expect, but with a new spy-like twist,” said Megan Gasier, president and CEO of Her Interactive. “With the historic and beautiful city of Venice as its backdrop, The Phantom of Venice provides international glamour and intrigue.”

In Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice, the Italian police have asked Nancy for help in unraveling a crime ring that is stealing all of Venice’s priceless artifacts. Assuming the role of Nancy Drew, players arrive in Venice during Carnevale and take on an undercover spy mission for the Italian police! Learning a new language and navigating the transportation system will seem easy compared to matching wits with the masked thief who tests every bit of Nancy’s skill. Ultimately it is up to Nancy to determine who the mysterious thief is and stop him or her before it is too late.

Rated “E” for Everyone, Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice is currently available for purchase at retailers nationwide, as well as on the Her Interactive website for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

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