DIGITAL EXTREMES GOES BEYOND UNREAL WITH NEW
GAME AND NEW PUBLISHER
Groove Games Snags Digital Extremes' Next First-Person
Action Blockbuster - Pariah
TORONTO – March 9, 2004 – Top independent game development studio,
Digital Extremes and global interactive game publisher, Groove Games
today announced their partnership on a new first-person action game
based on an original intellectual property created and owned by Digital
Extremes. Best known for creating the multi-million unit selling Unreal ® franchise,
Digital Extremes has set the standard for fine-tuned gameplay and technologically
impressive graphics in the first-person action genre. With such award-winning
hits as Unreal Tournament and Unreal Championship,
Digital Extremes is looking beyond the Unreal universe and
is working to raise the bar again. The new game, ominously named Pariah™ ,
has been quietly in production for the past two years and is currently
planned for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the
Groove Games, an up-and-upcoming Canadian-based publisher flew in
under the radar to sign the worldwide publishing rights to Pariah,
beating out several of the bigger traditional publishers also bidding
on it. Groove will be publishing the game in North America and has licensed Pariah to
Hip Interactive Europe to distribute and publish the title in Europe,
Australia and New Zealand .
"After seeing Pariah in action and hearing
the plans Digital Extremes has for it, we knew we had to be a part
of it," said Jon Walsh, CEO of Groove Games. "Digital Extremes has
a tremendous track record for creating incredibly entertaining games,
therefore we know how impressive Pariah is
going to be when it's ready to be unleashed on the masses."
"Working with Groove Games is a breath of fresh air," expressed James
Schmalz, founder and creative director of Digital Extremes. "They clearly
share our vision for creating the best game possible, which is our
intention for every game we make. Pariah is
our most ambitious project to date and with Groove's support, it will
reach its full potential."
"This industry was built on a collaborative relationship between the
developer and publisher. That's something we want to emphasize now
more than ever," Mr. Walsh continued. "We want to get back to the model
where the publisher and developer work seamlessly together; where ultimately,
and most importantly, the primary objective is to create the best game
possible. It's simple really; everybody wins, especially the gamers."
A f ew details on Pariah have been revealed
through the official website, www.pariahgame.com.
At the site, several screenshots showing a first look of the Xbox version
of the game can be found along with a countdown to the launch of the
full website and a spot to register to receive additional details on
the game as they're released.
The game focuses on a robust immersive storyline that weaves survival
elements into the traditional run-and-gun style of first-person action
games. Unsurprising will be the graphic marvel and fine-tuned gameplay
of Pariah , a trademark gamers have come
to expect from any Digital Extremes game. Not straying too far from
their roots, Digital Extremes is building Pariah with
the latest version of the technologically powerful Unreal engine
by Epic Games.
Additional details on the game including the release date will be
revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in May.