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Action-Packed Maelstrom Gameplay Video Debuts With New Microsite

New York (June 21st, 2006) – Codemasters has released the first gameplay trailer from the futuristic real-time strategy action PC epic, Maelstrom. This exciting new trailer presents a war-torn future earth and introduces gamers to a dangerous battleground, an ecologically ravaged planet earth crawling with morphing military tech and organic alien weapons. The trailer can be found on the new Maelstrom microsite www.codemasters.com/maelstrom.

Maelstrom’s dedicated microsite is now the online destination to register for exclusive game information feeds, to grab the latest screenshots or join the Underground and talk tactics in the forums. As the site evolves, gamers will discover the hidden depths of the game’s three factions: the guerrilla freedom-fighting Remnants, the technologically advanced Ascension with their transforming robotic tech, and a mysterious alien race, the Hai-Genti, who have their own plans for the future of the planet.

With the characters, setting and pace of science-fiction Hollywood blockbuster wrapped in a top rate script from screenwriter James Swallow (Star Trek: Voyager, Doctor Who), Maelstrom is set to be the most frantic and destructive RTS gaming experience yet. Battling to control the future of the entire planet, gamers take command from different viewpoints and employ faction-specific tactics and weaponry – from terraforming the land to harnessing the very forces of nature itself.

Promising an explosive and varied mix of action-packed strategic missions set in totally destructible environments, Codemasters will publish Maelstrom in late September, exclusively for PC. Discover more about the future of planet Earth and the future of RTS gaming with the first Maelstrom gameplay trailer movie and more at the game’s new microsite, now live at www.codemasters.com/maelstrom.

About Maelstrom
Coming late September, exclusively for PC, Maelstrom is an action strategy title where Hollywood sci-fi meets groundbreaking RTS gameplay. Maelstrom is the fiercely original result of a collaboration between Codemasters, the award-winning Russian development team KDV Games (Perimeter), US creative studio Massive Black, Inc., and Star Trek writer James Swallow. Set against the violent ecological meltdown of Earth, Its all-out destructive war as you battle for control of the entire planet against fearless aliens, an army of high-tech super soldiers and a rag tag crew of human survivors. Complete with the ability to terraform landscapes and transform units, Maelstrom will provide strategy gamers with the power to harness the forces of nature in the most frantic, destructive, action-packed RTS game yet. Maelstrom is played from the classic RTS vantage point, but unlike traditional titles, the game’s unparalleled level of detail will enable you to get in close and annihilate your enemies from a third person perspective. Six-player multiplayer takes the action to the next level.

About Codemasters
Codemasters is a global interactive entertainment company with offices in the U.S., England, France, Spain, Holland and Germany. Founded in the UK in 1986, Codemasters develops and publishes award-winning software for the PC, current and future-generation video game consoles and online gaming platforms. Codemasters’ dominant gaming brands include ToCA Race Driver, Colin McRae Rally, Operation Flashpoint, Micro Machines v4 and the company is currently developing and introducing original gaming properties for next-generation systems. Additional information about Codemasters and its products can be found at www.codemasters.com.

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