AREA 51 Goes Gold for Xbox and PlayStation2

AREA 51® Goes
Gold for Xbox and PlayStation®2

Midway Games today
announced that their Sci-Fi action/thriller, AREA 51®, has gone gold and
will ship to stores for the Xbox® videogame system by Microsoft and
PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system on Monday, April 25, 2005.

Developed by Midway
Studios-Austin, AREA 51 features an extensive story-driven single player
campaign, coupled with an intense multiplayer experience where players can
battle it out online with up to 16 players online for PS2 and Xbox. The only FPS
to be set within the confines of Area 51, players delve into the government
conspiracies and cover-ups blasting their way through hordes of horrific
creatures with an arsenal of fearsome weapons, both human and alien. Adding to
the exhilarating shooter gameplay is a blockbuster cast of celebrity voice
talent. Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson will be the host of the game’s multiplayer
action, also lending his voice to Edgar, an alien character in the game. David
Duchovny and Powers Booth round out the A-list cast, lending their vocal talents
as Specialist Ethan Cole and Major Bridges, respectively.

About AREA

The U.S. Army has
received a distress signal from Area 51 where a viral outbreak has just shut
down the research facility and the automated quarantine procedures have locked
all scientific and military personnel inside. A small Special Forces unit led by
Specialist Ethan Cole of the HAZMAT (hazardous materials) Division is sent to
investigate. As Cole, players will delve into five massive levels within the
confines of Area 51, discovering a deadly mutagenic side effect of the virus
that controls the minds of those infected, as well as an ancient alien colony
buried beneath the facility. With a multitude of human and alien weapons,
players must explore chilling conspiracies such as the extraterrestrial crash at
Roswell and the faked lunar landing, in order to solve the enigma of Area 51
before the viral mutagen is released and irrevocably mutates all life on Earth.

Web site: