ACTIVISION SECURES SONY PLAYSTATION RIGHTS TO EUTECHNYX'S GRAND TOUR RACING '98
Agreement Marks Activision's Entry into Console Racing Genre
Marking its entry into the racing genre, one of the best-selling categories for the console game systems, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that it has secured the publishing rights to Eutechnyx, Ltd's GRAND TOUR RACING '98, an authentic around-the-world rally designed for the Sony PlayStation. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision has acquired the rights to distribute the title in all countries that use the NTSC video standard, excluding Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The company expects to release GRAND TOUR RACING '98 this fall.
"Activision is commited to rounding out our 1997 PlayStation lineup with a select number of high-quality titles from independent developers," states Kotick. "GRAND TOUR RACING '98 will allow us to enter the racing category with what we believe will become one of the top games of the genre. The title showcases the fast-paced thrills of off-road racing and features multiplayer modes that deliver unending replay value."
In GRAND TOUR RACING '98 players choose from eight international teams, 40 different vehicles and three types of rally racing (Dakar, Sports and Buggy Offroad) as they maneuver across six obstacle-filled, environmentally realistic courses - Scottish Highlands, Swiss Alps, Egypt, Polynesia, Moscow and Hong Kong. Racing through 3-D rendered, immersive, real-world environments, players can literally cut through forests, drive over sand dunes, splash through lagoons or explore short cuts and alternative routes as they race to the finish.
A one to four player competitive racing title, GRAND TOUR RACING '98 features four different modes of play, single player, split screen, linked split screen and time attack, where one player races against the clock with no opponents. The games' cutting edge 3-D engine, superior graphics, challenging exotic courses, unparalleled vehicle dynamics, realistic weather effects and accurately simulated motion forces deliver a true-to-life, super charged racing experience.
Activision, Inc. is a publicly held developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for Microsoft Windows and MS-DOS compatible, Macintosh and other computers, as well as Nintendo, Sega and Sony PlayStation game systems. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London, Tokyo and Sydney, the company sells and markets products under the Activision and Infocom trade names.
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