By Al Giovetti


BioWare/Pandemic Studios to Showcase Next Generation of Hits At E3 2006


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2006--BioWare/Pandemic Studios, a leading independent game developer behind such celebrated titles as Mass EffectTM and MercenariesTM, Jade EmpireTM and Destroy All Humans!TM, will be exhibiting its next generation of ground-breaking titles at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, in the West Hall, space #2572. Both BioWare and Pandemic continue to build on a stellar 2005, during which the studios reaped the success of four top-ten titles, more than 50 industry awards and acclaim from critics and customers alike.

"We've always strived to max-out the latest generation of hardware and the combination of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames and Mass Effect from our collective studios are showcasing what the next generation of gaming truly has to offer," said Josh Resnick, president of Pandemic Studios.

Titles being featured at E3:

Mercenaries 2: World In FlamesTM

From Pandemic Studios, the power of the PlayStation 3 from Sony is exploited in this open-world 3rd person shooter that allows players to enter a world of infinite possibilities where gamers get to be their own boss. In addition to providing the perfect blend of civilian and military worlds, where you can either turn up at an army base in a stolen Ferrari or roll down Main Street in a "borrowed" Abrams main battle tank, Mercenaries 2 empowers players to make the decisions they want, whenever and however they want. Set in Venezuela, there are absolutely no rules as to the weapons or vehicles that a Mercenary can acquire.

Mass EffectTM

From one of the leading developers in role-playing (RPG) genre, BioWare is featuring Mass Effect, published by Microsoft. Set 200 years in the future, Mass Effect puts players in an enormous and diverse galactic environment to discover and explore a wide-variety of new worlds, where their every decision and action will affect and shape the destiny of all life in the galaxy. In addition to the main story arc of the game, players will be able to visit a large number of uncharted, unexplored planets which are side quests independent from the main story. At any time during the campaign, a player can choose to explore one of these planets and have an opportunity to discover new alien life, resources, ruined civilizations and powerful technologies.

Jade EmpireTM

Jade Empire is the award-winning action-RPG created by BioWare Corp., the commercially and critically acclaimed RPG developer of Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Originally released for the Xbox console, Jade Empire delivers an incredible story-driven game play experience with stunning high-resolution graphics and controls optimized for the PC gaming experience. Step into the role of an aspiring martial-arts master and follow the path of the Open Palm or the Closed Fist. In this critically-acclaimed action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of the entire Jade Empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land, or will you crush it beneath your heel?

Destroy All Humans!TM 2

As a sequel to the widely acclaimed hit, Destroy All Humans! 2 takes the brand's irreverent Sci-Fi action gaming experience into the swinging sixties with new and improved game features, open-world gameplay and co-op multiplayer. Set against a backdrop of free love, the Cold War and other 60's era icons, DAH 2 takes players around the world with an upgraded arsenal of weapons and enhanced mental abilities to battle a variety of enemies from secret agents and giant creatures, to Soviet Forces and alien warriors.

Both Pandemic and BioWare are at the forefront of development for next generation consoles, with each taking a unique approach to creating critically acclaimed titles. By harnessing the power that these consoles provide, both studios are showcasing the best of what next-generation games can offer, whether it is recreating the feel of living inside a massive science fiction universe or taking the concept of freedom and destruction to new heights.

About BioWare|Pandemic Studios

BioWare/Pandemic Studios was formed through the fusion of two industry powerhouses and private equity firm, Elevation Partners. A leader in the action/adventure category, Pandemic joined forces in 2005 with BioWare, a company known for its role-playing games rich in story and character. Co-equal and complementary, the newly partnered video game studios are working both in tandem and separately to develop new, original titles as well as continuing to leverage the licensed franchises and owned-IP each is known for including: Mercenaries, Destroy All Humans!, Full Spectrum Warrior, and Star Wars Battlefront II from Pandemic and Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire from BioWare. Focused on next-generation platforms to create bold new concepts in entertainment, BioWare/Pandemic's studios are located in Los Angeles, California; Brisbane, Australia; Austin, Texas; and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, please visit www.bioware.pandemicstudios.com.

BioWare, BioWare Corp., Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire are trademarks or registered trademarks of BioWare Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. Pandemic, Pandemic Studios, Full Spectrum Warrior and Mercenaries are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandemic Studios in the U.S. and other countries. Elevation Partners is a registered trademark of Elevation Partners. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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