BRISBANE, Calif.– October 10, 2007– Direct2Drive, IGN Entertainment’s digital retail store, today announced that id™ Software’s Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars™, is now available for worldwide digital download via Direct2Drive ( http://www.direct2drive.com).
Developed by Splash Damage and published by Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars offers the ultimate in objective-based multiplayer action, either online or offline with computer controlled players. Up to 24 gamers can play online, electing to play as the human Global Defense Force (GDF) or alien Strogg in one of five unique character classes. Employing an arsenal of weapons, vehicles and deployable armaments, players engage in an action-packed test of skill and coordinated teamwork through a series of combat objectives. Persistent character growth and achievements reward gamers for teamwork, while clearly defined mission and class objectives guide new players to meaningful contributions on the battlefield.
“Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is a perfect fit for digital distribution with the experience of the online game maximized with a fast connection,” said id Software CEO, Todd Hollenshead.“IGN and Direct2Drive make for an awesome partnership because they are fans of multiplayer internet gaming just like we are at id and they know what it takes to deliver what customers expect and demand.”
Since launching in October 2004, Direct2Drive has allowed gamers to conveniently purchase and download the latest premium games from the world’s top publishers.
“Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is a highly-acclaimed title that we are excited to add to our expansive library and make immediately available to consumers worldwide,” said Jamie Berger, SVP Consumer Products&Technology for IGN Entertainment.“Direct2Drive is committed to offering the broadest library of AAA digital titles that can be found anywhere online”.
Consumers can download Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars today at http://www.direct2drive.com.
Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars for Windows PC is rated“T” by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99.
Direct2Drive (D2D) is IGN Entertainment's digital download store ( http://www.direct2drive.com). Launched in October 2004, D2D allows consumers to conveniently purchase and download the latest premium video games, feature films, popular TV shows and anime titles directly from the Web to their desktops. D2D's AAA roster of leading game publishers includes Atari, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, Eidos, Electronic Arts, Namco, NCsoft, SEGA, Sony Online Entertainment, 2K Games, Ubisoft and Vivendi Universal Games. In addition, Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate and Starz Media are making blockbuster movies TV shows top anime titles available to users directly via the D2D platform.
About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, Inc., is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reached more than 30 million unique users worldwide in the month of August 2007, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore Media Metrix. IGN's network of videogame-related properties (IGN.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, Direct2Drive and others), is the Web's number one videogame information destination and attracts one of the largest concentrated audiences of young males on the Internet. IGN also owns and operates the popular movie-related website, Rotten Tomatoes and one of the leading male lifestyle Websites, AskMen.com. In addition, IGN provides technology for online game play in videogames. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S. and in Montreal.
About id Software
id– defined by Freud as the primal section of the human psyche; id Software, located in Mesquite, Texas, was founded in 1991. From inception to present day, id Software has relentlessly provided technical, design and artistic leadership as an independent game developer and technology provider. Transcending the games industry, id’s iconic brands such as Wolfenstein, DOOM, QUAKE and Enemy Territory have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers. More information on id Software can be found at www.idsoftware.com.
About Splash Damage Ltd.
Based in London, England, Splash Damage Ltd is an independently-owned game developer dedicated to online gaming, and one of the leading Shooter developers in Europe. Splash Damage developed id Software’s Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, winning multiple‘Game of the Year’ awards, and is now developing Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Founded by Paul‘Locki’ Wedgwood in 2001 with key members of the mod-making community, Splash Damage also contributed to DOOM 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year Edition. For more information, visit www.splashdamage.com.
About Activision, Inc.
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 net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
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