Microsoft Rolls Out Red Carpet For PC Gaming's Brightest Stars
-- KUNG FU PANDA (Activision). Players embark on an epic, action-packed adventure as they master the specialized kung fu fighting styles of Po the Panda. They must work their way to become the Dragon Warrior and defeat the ultimate enemy, Tai Lung, as they battle a variety of foes, overcome dangerous obstacles, navigate multi-tiered environments and solve challenging puzzles.
-- SPACE SIEGE (SEGA). After a massive alien attack on Earth, the last survivors flee aboard a massive colony ship. As Seth Walker, players will fight the alien scourge by augmenting their bodies with cybernetic upgrades, enabling them to perform superhuman feats. But with each cybernetic improvement they can never return to being fully human.
-- WALL-E (THQ). Players will take control of WALL-E and EVE through a fast-paced adventure based on the upcoming Disney-Pixar film. The game will allow fans to relive some of the movie's most thrilling moments as they explore 10 worlds filled with nonstop action and adventure, along with head-to-head multiplayer challenges. Players will recognize the storyline, characters and key locations from the WALL-E film as they carry out intense missions, dodge dangerous enemies and navigate their way through a futuristic world. In addition, the game will contain new storylines and environments that moviegoers will not see in theaters.
Microsoft also announced 16 all-new additions to the Games for Windows portfolio, including CRYSIS WARHEAD, the highly anticipated follow-up to Crytek's runaway hit, CRYSIS. Games for Windows now heralds more than 85 branded titles from nearly every major publisher, which together with Microsoft continue to raise the bar for quality and entertainment in PC gaming:
-- BATTLESTATIONS: MIDWAY (Eidos)
-- BATTLESTATIONS: PACIFIC (Eidos)
-- BORDERLANDS (2K Games)
-- CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR (Activision)
-- CRYSIS WARHEAD (Crytek/EA Partners)
-- DAWN OF WAR 2 (THQ)
-- DEVIL MAY CRY 4 (Capcom)
-- GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME (Sierra Entertainment)
-- QUANTUM OF SOLACE (Activision)
-- LEGO BATMAN: THE VIDEOGAME (Warner Bros. Interactive Ent.)
-- MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (Activision)
-- MAFIA II (2K Games)
-- PROJECT ORIGIN (Warner Bros. Interactive Ent.)
-- RED FACTION: GUERILLA (THQ)
-- SAINTS ROW 2 (THQ)
-- ZOO TYCOON 2: ULTIMATE COLLECTION (Microsoft Game Studios)
Not to be outdone by the exciting portfolio announcements, some of the industry's biggest hardware players will be on hand with cutting-edge new products.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will demonstrate its latest gaming innovations for Windows. AMD will show off its new ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series graphics card accompanied by the AMD Phenom X4 processor and AMD 7- Series Chipset, optimized to provide PC users with an exceptional gaming experience as part of the AMD GAME! platform.
Meanwhile, NVIDIA will show a variety of physics demos and games running on the latest graphics hardware, including the GeForce GTX 280 desktop graphics processing unit (GPU) and new GeForce 9M notebook GPU, reinforcing the PC's position at the center of innovation in gaming.
The new Games for Windows portfolio announcements come hot on the heels of the most successful PC gaming launch of 2008, as the Games for Windows-branded title AGE OF CONAN: HYBORIAN ADVENTURES shipped an astounding one million units worldwide in its first three weeks on the market, according to Funcom. This achievement marks one of the biggest debuts in Games for Windows history, and the most successful massively multiplayer online (MMO) game launch since WORLD OF WARCRAFT.
Yankee Group Research reports expected online PC gaming revenue in North America to reach $3.89 billion by 2012.