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Midway shows its wares

Next-gen plans, etc.

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Midway has spilled the beans on a number of its forthcoming titles at a recent press event. Under some healthy coercion, that is.

With sharp tongues and also probably a large stick, GameSpot managed to get some curious snippets of information about a number of titles Midway didn’t show the US press this week.

Firstly, regarding plans for the company's next-generation titles, Midway's reps suggested a number of its bigger brands should appear on the likes of Xbox 360, PS3 and (presumably, should Nintendo let us all in on the joke) Revolution. Namely, the 2006-bound, PC first-person shooter Unreal Tournament 2007, the Snoop Dogg-touting gangster action title, Fear and Respect (release TBA), and promising third-person martial arts game, John Woo's Stranglehold – which features a collaboration between the action film director and actor Chow Yun-Fat. Stranglehold is expected to reach Xbox 360 next autumn, and is also aiming to be a PlayStation 3 launch title.

But rather than totally cut the current generation off, Midway plans to keep supporting PlayStation 2 for around two to three years with "big titles", and maybe three to four years with more youth-targeted games.

Next up was Mortal Kombat Deception Unchained, which is coming to PlayStation Portable mid-2006, and will feature a number of new characters (with a couple oldies, including Shao Kahn and Goro) and content, including Wi-Fi support.

Sadly, Midway was a little quieter in divulging information on the next SpyHunter game, or its titles coming from the MTV partnership (of which Xbox and PS2-bound racer, LA Rush, is part of) other than the fact we'll be seeing most of them during 2006. Nor was it forthcoming with details from the game based on Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force; another prospect for next year. On a personal tip, Midway, please try and get some of the forthcoming DangerDoom album to feature with Meatwad and co. We'll love you forever. Kisses.

Where were we? Ah yes – Midway should also be following up its Arcade Treasures/nostalgia compilations on the next generation formats and handhelds, with the previously announced PSP version of Arcade Treasures: Extended Play on its way this year.

Finally, should you have an interest in basketball, NBA Ballers 2 is confirmed to be in the works, with details sailing into our press-nets around the time the next NBA season tips-off in a couple months, once preseason is over. A PSP version is expected, along with console iterations.

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