[[The Press Release]]
Activision and Raven Software are going back on active duty with the development of Soldier of Fortune 2 for the PC. The sequel to one of 2000's most innovative first person action games, Soldier of Fortune 2 delivers a realistic covert-operative themed gameplay experience with intense action, mind blowing QUAKE III Arena powered graphics and a mile-a-minute storyline. Soldier of Fortune is rated MATURE (17 and above) for animated blood and violence by the ESRB. Soldier of Fortune 2 has not yet been rated.
"The original Soldier of Fortune broke new ground with its unrelenting action and gritty portrayal of combat," said Larry Goldberg, executive vice president, Activision Worldwide Studios. "In the sequel we want to extend the experience with more accurate damage modeling, detailed environments and a strong emphasis on realism."
In Soldier of Fortune 2 players once again assume the role of John Mullins, a military consultant working for the top-secret anti-terrorist group known as The Shop. In the game, players must tackle a wide-range of missions from hostage rescue and intelligence gathering, to search-and-destroy. Level design in Soldier of Fortune 2 is flexible enough to allow for multiple styles of play. Gamers can "hit 'em hard" with a frontal assault or use stealth weapons for a subtle approach.
Soldier of Fortune 2 brings unparalleled detail to PC gaming with vivid damage modeling and animations, accurate reproductions of actual weapons and missions taken from international hotspots including Prague, Colombia, Hong Kong and Kamchatka. In some cases mission maps or objectives are inspired by the experiences of the actual John Mullins, a former Special Forces officer and military "consultant."
"John's assistance has been invaluable in helping shape Soldier of Fortune 2," states Brian Raffel, vice president of Raven Software. "With his input we've designed a game that plays as a first person action game, but with a level of authenticity usually only found in military simulations or tactical shooters. "
The backbone of Soldier of Fortune 2 is a highly integrated system of technologies. Environments in the game are created with the QUAKE III Arena engine, widely considered the most advanced 3D engine in gaming. Additionally, Soldier of Fortune 2's new GHOUL II technology brings the grittiness of combat to the PC like never before with incredibly detailed skeletal animations that enable lifelike character movements and per pixel hit locations for ultra realistic damage modeling. Finally, Soldier of Fortune 2 features an all-new ROAM Terrain System that allows players to ride and fight from armored trucks and helicopters.
Soldier of Fortune 2 will ship with a violence lock that enables players to filter out most of the mature graphics and audio in the game.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Raven Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of 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 revenues of $572 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000.
Activision maintains operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com .
The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. These important factors, and other factors that could affect Activision, are described in Activision's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000, which was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings.