Leading Video Game Companies to Unleash Broadband Gaming on Xbox
Sega Sports 2K3 Titles, "Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3" and
"Tom Clancys Ghost Recon" Are Among Online-Enabled Games Coming to
Xbox Starting in 2002
LOS ANGELES May 16, 2001 Microsoft Corp. today announced that
more than 25 top game companies are propelling video games to new heights by taking
advantage of the high-quality, high-speed broadband capabilities built into every
Microsoft® Xbox video game system. The news was made in advance of the
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2001, one of the worlds largest annual
games industry trade shows.
Acclaim Entertainment Inc., Activision Inc., ArtDink Corp., Atlus Company Ltd., Bandai
Company Ltd., Capcom Co. Ltd., Codemasters, Crave Entertainment Inc., Electronic Arts
Inc., Eidos Interactive, FOX Interactive Inc., Gathering of Developers, INFOGRAMES Inc.,
Interplay Entertainment Corp., Konami Company Ltd., LucasArts Entertainment Co., Midway
Games Inc., Namco Ltd., Rage Software, Rockstar Games, Sega Entertainment Inc., Sierra
On-Line Inc., Taito Corp., Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., TDK Systems, THQ and
Ubisoft are the industry-leading publishers committed to supporting the Xbox online
Sega Sports entire 2K3 lineup (including "NFL 2K3" and "NBA
2K3"), "Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3," "Unreal Championship" and
"Tom Clancys Ghost Recon" will be among the first online-enabled games
available. In addition, Microsofts own Xbox game studios has more than a dozen
online-enabled games in development in the United States and Japan. In fact, Bungie
Studios, developer of the highly anticipated Xbox game "Halo," will only create
future games that take advantage of the broadband capabilities of Xbox.
"Online console gaming over broadband will change the face of video games
forever," said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer at Microsoft. "When the Xbox
online experience goes live next year, our development partners will have games ready that
demonstrate how broadband online video games will have as dramatic an impact on the
industry for the current generation of games as the move from 2-D to 3-D graphics did for
the last generation."
"Sega is extremely excited about the potential that Xbox brings to online console
gaming," said Peter Moore, president and COO of Sega America. "Obviously, the
inclusion of a hard drive and Ethernet port in every single box is very important.
Moreover, Xbox is building a world-class gaming platform on a global basis. This assures
players a safe, fun and fast experience and allows developers to focus on creating great
games. We at Sega intend to take full advantage of that."
Video gaming on Xbox will expand beyond the walls of gamers homes as they connect
to other gamers throughout the world for more powerful experiences. As on as game console,
Xbox online experiences will be easy, fast and safe. Game players will never know they are
The following are some examples of how games may change as a result of the Xbox online
- In a basketball game, 10 players can play five on five, each controlling their own
player. Players will be able to easily find their buddies and team up with them against
other teams. They will be able to communicate and "talk trash" via voice chat.
- Gamers will be able to download episodic content. For example, racers will be able to
download new tracks, cars and even real-time weather conditions from the city they are
- Player histories can automatically be tracked, including stats, level of accomplishment,
tournament record and customized attributes the player has defined or earned. Players,
teammates and opponents can then own bragging rights or measure the caliber of other
players to ensure that multiplayer games are more evenly matched.
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