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Midway Sports Announces Xbox Hockey Game

NHL Hitz is Company's Xbox Launch Game (November 05, 2001)
Midway Sports, the sports brand of leading software industry publisher and developer Midway Games Inc., announced that NHL Hitz 20-02 will ship tomorrow for the Xbox videogame system from Microsoft. NHL Hitz 20-02 shipped for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system on September 25 and is scheduled to ship on November 13 for the Nintendo GameCube.

"We are honored to have the only hockey videogame available for the Xbox videogame system at launch," said Helene Sheeler, vice president of marketing, Midway. "NHL Hitz 20-02 has changed the hockey videogame category, with its delivery of the most intense and exciting aspects of hockey every time you play."

Developed by the accomplished hockey development team Black Box Games, Ltd., NHL Hitz 20-02 has larger-than-life, adrenaline hockey, big hits, rocket goals and exciting gameplay. Officially licensed by the NHL and the NHLPA with real NHL teams and athletes, NHL Hitz 20-02 features 3-on-3 (plus goalies), lightning-fast gameplay, play-by-play commentary and a never-before-seen interactive 3D crowd. The crowd will do the wave, react to the action and increase and decrease in size between periods depending on the importance of the game and the score. Gamers will definitely feel the burn of a 125MPH slap shot as the frenzied fans heckle them from the bleachers.

NHL Hitz 20-02 also features an in-game jukebox, with some of today's hottest songs and bands including chart-toppers "Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit and "Make Me Bad" by Korn. The jukebox allows gamers to choose from and listen to popular, pulse-pounding tunes while playing the game.

To add even more NHL realism, New Jersey Devils' defenseman and 2001 NHL All-Star Scott Stevens signed an exclusive deal with Midway to be the signature athlete for NHL Hitz 20-02. The MVP of the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs appears on the package cover and in NHL(R) Hitz 20-02 advertising materials.

"It is impressive to see what Midway can do to the hockey experience," said Stevens. "NHL Hitz 20-02 offers gameplay that hockey athletes will enjoy, not just fans and videogamers."

Mini games with skills competitions help players hone their skills before games, while multiplayer hockey allows one to four gamers to face off against one another. Gamers can also create the ultimate ice warrior with the Create-A-Player feature.

NHL(R) Hitz 20-02 Xbox Features

-- Adrenaline-Style, Over-the-Top Gameplay -- Players leap, glide, check, pass and score on would-be defenders

-- Outrageous, Over-the-Top Animations -- Watch out for the blistering "on fire" puck

-- NHL(R) and NHLPA Licensed Product -- Play your favorite NHL teams and players

-- Classic Midway Sports On-Fire Mode -- Players and teams catch fire and become almost unstoppable

-- Fully 3D Modeled Crowd -- First interactive 3D crowd in any sports videogame

-- Thirty Arenas -- Players choose from a variety of arenas

-- Fantasy Stadiums, Hidden Teams and Players -- Secret arenas presented in a unique fantasy setting, as well as hidden teams and special players to unlock along the way

-- Big Players -- Huge player models with real player faces and expressions

-- Mini-Games -- Including skill competitions

-- Create-A-Player -- Allows players to design their ultimate ice warrior

-- High Powered Play-by-Play -- Commentary to describe all of the outrageous action

-- Big Hits -- Aggressive hits that can break the glass

-- Different Player Skill Sets -- Real player stats, abilities and attributes

-- Multiplayer Hockey -- One to 4 players

-- In-Game Jukebox -- Allows gamers to play songs while playing

Midway Games Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Midway videogames are available for play or scheduled for release on all major videogame platforms including the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

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