RETURN TO CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN: GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION Mesquite, Texas – June 26, 2002 – id Software™ and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) have joined forces to enlist gamers in the ultimate blitzkrieg with the release of Return to Castle Wolfenstein™: Game of the Year™, a special edition of the blockbuster PC hit that has shipped more than 1.2 million units worldwide. The Game of the Year edition features the original award-winning Return to Castle Wolfenstein, new multiplayer maps, the WolfRadiant map editor, the making of Return to Castle Wolfenstein feature AVI and the full version of the game that started it all, Wolfenstein 3D. The title iscurrently available at retail outlets nationwide at a suggested retail price of $44.99 and is rated “M” (Mature) for blood, gore and violence by the ESRB.
”Return to Castle Wolfenstein has been one of the most widely played and critically acclaimed games of 2001, including a ninety-percent or higher rating by over 35 different publications and multiple game of the year awards,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “By incorporating all of the new maps, updates, editing tools and bonus material, we’ve created the ultimate Return to Castle Wolfenstein package.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein:Game of the Year offers all seven official post release multiplayer maps developed by Nerve Software and Splash Damage, including Chateau, Dam, Ice, Keep, Rocket, Tram and Trenchtoast. Plus, the special edition also features demos and trailers of several other popular titles powered by id Software’s legendary Quake III Arena™ engine. For gamers craving even more Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Game of the Year also delivers “Behind Enemy Lines,” the official making-of video as well as wallpapers, screenshots and cartoons for fans to savor the action on their desktop.
“The original Return to Castle Wolfenstein delivered intense gameplay and thrilling action, now with Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year edition, we’ve armed gamers for a new and long-lasting assault that is sure to give fans endless hours of Wolfenstein excitement,” said Larry Goldberg, executive vice president, Activision Worldwide Studios. “With a full set of new maps, bonus material and even the original Wolfenstein 3D, Game of the Year has something for everyone.”
Return to Castle Wolfenstein:Game of the Year is a supernatural World War II adventure where gamers are thrust into a last ditch offensive against Himmler’s SS paranormal division. In addition to an action-packed story-driven single-player experience versus the Third Reich, the title’s multiplayer mode enlists gamers to hone their tactical skills in squad-based combat scenarios. Players will join the fight as an axis or ally soldier and be challenged to intense, realistic campaigns like storming beachheads, infiltrating military installations, holding strategic positions, and more.
id – Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth – has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D®, DOOM®, DOOM II™, QUAKE® and QUAKE II™. With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id’s games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of their latest action titles, QUAKE III Arena™, QUAKE III: Team Arena™, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein™. id’s advanced QUAKE III Arena engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. Check out more about id Software at www.idsoftware.com.
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 revenues of $786 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.
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