Midway acquires Surreal Software
... and announces that sales went better than expected in the first quarter of 2004.

- Midway Games today announced that the company expects revenues of approximately $18.0 millions for the quarter ended March 21, 2004, about 50% more than the company's previously issued revenue guidance of $12.0 million. Midway attributed the improved revenues to the success of their recently released horror game The Suffering, developed by Surreal Software.

And it seems that Midway really loved Surreal's work, because the company also announced that it has acquired Surreal Software. Surreal proved in the past to be a team of talented developers, creating Drakan: Order Of The Flame and the sequel Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (one of the best fantasy adventures available on Playstation 2, which we have reviewed in-depth). The fame gained by Surreal Software thanks to its Drakan series was recently shadowed by the not too brilliant The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, and by the cancellation of The Lord Of The Rings: The Treason Of Isengard, a project that had kept the company busy for a relevant amount of time. The Suffering, an action-horror game that has nothing to do with the fantasy genre, seems to mark a new direction for Surreal Software.

Expect a review of The Suffering within this week on Ps2Fantasy.com.

(Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 8:58PM GMT)

- Harry

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