id Software, Splash Damage and Activision Prepare For an All-Out Assault at Retail
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug 30, 2007 - The ultimate online team and objective-based multiplayer experience is locked and loaded! id Software TM and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI) announced today that Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars TM for Windows ? PC has gone gold and will be available in retail outlets in Europe and Australia on September 28, 2007 and on North American store shelves beginning October 2, 2007. Developed by Splash Damage, the prequel to the futuristic wars in the QUAKE II storyline pits the armies of Earth's Global Defense Force (GDF) against the invading alien Strogg in the multiplayer action shooter that transports players to the front lines in the battle for Earth.
"After months of testing, tweaking and balancing Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars, I'm pleased to finally be able to say 'It's Done!'" said id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead. "We've had a ton of fun getting the game ready for the masses and I'm looking forward to seeing the massive battle for the top of the online leaderboards begin!"
To date, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars has won more than 15 awards and has been heralded as one of the most anticipated new titles in 2007 by nearly a dozen publications.
"The opportunity to develop Enemy Territory QUAKE Wars has been mind-blowingly cool!" said Splash Damage Owner and Creative Director Paul Wedgwood. "The passion and effort put in by our team at Splash Damage, combined with the amazing direction and mentoring we've received from id Software has led to an award-winning game that we're incredibly proud of. Our team can't wait to join fans across the globe to fight in Earth's battle for survival!"
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars for Windows PC is rated "T" by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the regular edition and $59.99 for the Limited Collector's Edition. To learn more about the game and to secure a pre-ordered copy, visit http://www.enemyterritory.com.
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars takes place in the year 2065 and gives gamers the chance to play as the GDF or Strogg in one of five unique character classes, either online or offline with computer controlled AI teammates and opponents.Employing an arsenal of weapons, vehicles and deployable armaments, players engage in an action-packed test of skill and coordinated teamwork through a series of combat objectives. Persistent character growth and achievements reward players for teamwork, while clearly defined mission and class objectives guide new players to meaningful contributions on the battlefield.
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is also in development by Nerve Software for the Xbox 360 TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and by Activision Foster City for the PLAYSTATION ? 3 computer entertainment system.
About id Software
id - defined by Freud as the primal section of the human psyche; id Software, located in Mesquite, Texas, was founded in 1991. From inception to present day, id Software has relentlessly provided technical, design and artistic leadership as an independent game developer and technology provider. Transcending the games industry, id's iconic brands such as Wolfenstein, DOOM, QUAKE and Enemy Territory have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers. More information on id Software can be found at www.idsoftware.com.
About Splash Damage Ltd.
Based in London, England, Splash Damage Ltd is an independently-owned game developer dedicated to online gaming, and one of the leading Shooter developers in Europe. Splash Damage developed id Software's Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, winning multiple 'Game of the Year' awards, and is now developing Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars. Founded by Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood in 2001 with key members of the mod-making community, Splash Damage also contributed to DOOM 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year Edition. For more information, visit www.splashdamage.com.
About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
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