Midway acquires Surreal Software
... and announces that sales went better than expected in the first quarter of 2004.
Tuesday, April 6, 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.
(Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 8:58PM GMT)
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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.