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Press release: 2001-01-03: Acclaim's Vanishing Point for the Sega Dreamcast Zooms Into Stores January 3rd; Realistic Physics of Over 30 Licensed Vehicles Makes Vanishing Point a Uniquely Challenging Racer

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Original source: The Free Library


GLEN COVE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 3, 2001

Players Can Access High Scores On the Web Via Acclaim's Netspine(TM) Technology

Acclaim Entertainment (NASDAQ:AKLM), a leading worldwide interactive entertainment company, announced today that Vanishing Point for the Sega Dreamcast(TM) will be in nationwide retail outlets on Wednesday, January 3rd.

Developed by Clockworks Games, Ltd., the game takes advantage of an advanced physics engine to emulate the characteristics of over 30 licensed vehicles.

"Vanishing Point is a unique racer," said Evan Stein, Brand Director at Acclaim Entertainment. "The physics have been very realistically modeled, so you aren't just going to jump into an Aston Martin and expect it to respond like a Volkswagen Beetle. Each vehicle takes practice to master, and for those who relish this sort of in-depth challenge, there's a ton of replay and gameplay value in Vanishing Point. It also has the first-ever stunt modes featuring licensed cars. Bottom line: Vanishing Point delivers."

Vanishing Point was developed by Clockwork Games, Ltd. The game features eight tracks each of single player and two player racing modes, a Stunt Driver mode that puts any driver's skills to the test, and a league-style multiplayer mode for up to eight people. While racing for the best time, gamers will face an extensive real-time traffic system with highly competitive opponent AI. For maximum flexibility and control, players can adjust each vehicle in the Tune Up Shop. Remarkably, Clockworks' advanced engine means that there is no scenery pop up and no fogging; players can see all the way to the Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is the first title from Acclaim to make use of their proprietary Netspine(TM) brand technology. By using the modem on the Dreamcast, players from around the world can compete for top scores and participate in online tournaments. Acclaim will progressively enhance game-play, interactivity, and web integration in future titles with additional online features made available by NetSpine(TM) brand technology.

Vanishing Point is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB

Acclaim Entertainment Background Information

Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment platforms including Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment and Sega hardware systems, and PCs. Acclaim owns and operates studios located in the United States and the United Kingdom, and publishes and distributes its software directly in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Acclaim also distributes entertainment software for other publishers worldwide, and publishes comic books and software strategy guides. Acclaim's headquarters are in Glen Cove, New York and Acclaim's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ Small Cap market under the symbol AKLM. For more information please visit our web site at http://www.acclaim.com.

Clockwork Games Background Information

Clockwork Games, Ltd. is an independent software development studio specializing in cutting-edge technology for both current and next-generation gaming platforms. Clockwork is based in Nottingham, England.

Sega, Dreamcast and the Dreamcast logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sega Corporation.

Editor's Note: For artwork and screenshots of Vanishing Point, please visit the Acclaim FTP site at: ftp://38.240.105.53 (under Action & Racing/Acclaim Racing/Vanishing Point).
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