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MIDWAY STEPS TO THE PLATE WITH MLB® SLUGFEST® 2006 FOR PLAYSTATION®2 AND XBOX

Adrenaline-Style Baseball Franchise Returns This Spring;
To Be Available For a Steal at U.S. MSRP of $19.99


CHICAGO – February 22, 2006 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, today announced MLB® SlugFest® 2006 is in development and scheduled to ship in Spring 2006 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, expected at a U.S. suggested retail price of $19.99.

"MLB SlugFest 2006 is the only adrenaline–style, officially MLB licensed baseball game on the market and we're very excited to be able to offer gamers the latest in the SlugFest franchise at a great value," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "At a competitive price point and in a year in which fewer than usual MLB licensed games exist, we’re certain that fans will embrace having a choice at retail, especially with the enhancements that we've been able to incorporate into MLB SlugFest 2006."

About MLB SlugFest 2006
Midway's newest offering of its over–the–top baseball game, MLB SlugFest 2006 will feature a new create–a–player mode, updated team rosters and stadiums, along with a new library of signature animations and extreme collisions that have distinguished the franchise since its debut in 2002.

About Midway
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.

Member Comments
# 1 aukevin @ 02/22/06 12:17 PM
That's cool. But how come this game is MLB licensed?
 
# 2 nemesis04 @ 02/22/06 12:26 PM
Wow, this is a suprise! How did this one sneak in? I enjoyed this series, good game to get out your fustrations on!

Good question aukevin! How were they able to be a licensed game?
 
# 3 ExtremeGamer @ 02/22/06 12:38 PM
I saw this a week ago and thought the same thing, how can Midway get away with it. The only thing I can think of, is that the game isn't a sim and is very over the top, arcadey.

Quote:
MLB SlugFest 2006 is the only adrenaline–style, officially MLB licensed baseball game on the market and we're very excited to be able to offer gamers the latest in the SlugFest franchise at a great value,"
 
# 4 nemesis04 @ 02/22/06 12:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ExtremeGamer
I saw this a week ago and thought the same thing, how can Midway get away with it. The only thing I can think of, is that the game isn't a sim and is very over the top, arcadey.
I was thinking the same thing, maybe the 2k license agreement pertains to sim only games. That is possible?

EDIT: I found this and it is pretty clear:

"Starting in 2006, Take-Two will have exclusive rights among third-party publishers to develop and market simulation, arcade and manager-style baseball video games on the current and next-generation PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, personal computer and hand-held video game systems," read the statement. (Emphasis added.) Said third-party exclusivity will last for seven years, until 2012."
 
# 5 nemesis04 @ 02/22/06 12:48 PM
Also, I wonder if they are allowed to use their baseball Mogul engine for their franchise or does it have to be scrapped?
 
# 6 Dzson @ 02/22/06 01:29 PM
Theyre Allowed cuz the MLB License hasnt gone into effect yet, I think it starts Spring 2006 which means that its coming out right before it goes into effect.
 
# 7 nemesis04 @ 02/22/06 01:57 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dzson
Theyre Allowed cuz the MLB License hasnt gone into effect yet, I think it starts Spring 2006 which means that its coming out right before it goes into effect.
It actually started at the turn of 2006. That is why EA did their last roster update before the new year started.
 
# 8 nemesis04 @ 02/22/06 09:45 PM
Here is how they were able to do it (taken from a Gamedaily Biz article):

"When asked about this new SlugFest and how it relates to Take-Two's exclusive third-party rights to the MLB license, a Midway representative informed us they had a prior deal with MLB and that Midway's previous agreement was not voided by the deal with Take-Two. The contract, however, will end in 2006, so this will be the final year SlugFest can feature MLB players and teams."
 

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