|UNREAL TO SUPPORT AUREAL 3D
The Most Anticipated PC Game of All Time, 'Unreal,' To Support Aureal's A3D Positional Audio Technology.
A3D Supported in GT Interactive's 'Unreal,' Which Will
Also Support A3D 2.0 In the Future. FREMONT, Calif., April 28 -- Aureal Semiconductor Inc.
(OTC Bulletin Board: AURL - news) today announced that GT Interactive Software, Corp.
(Nasdaq: GTIS - news), a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment software,
with its release of Unreal, will be the first company to ship a PC game that will support
A3D 2.0, Aureal's next-generation 3D audio technology. One of this year's most eagerly
anticipated games, Unreal will integrate Aureal's A3D positional 3D audio technology into
the game, with future support of A3D 2.0 expected to be available.
A3D creates a totally immersive, realistic audio experience
in which sounds emanate from all directions in an x, y, and z plane. Already a must-have
feature for hard core gamers, support for A3D in Unreal will enhance player's audio/visual
game play experience.
A3D 2.0 provides additional audio sources and includes
Aureal Wavetracing technology, the ability to mimic real-world environments with
reflections and occlusions, as well as the audio rendering of surface materials and
textures. Many reviewers and analysts have referred to A3D as the ``3Dfx of the audio
world,'' and now the new version of A3D will take the immersive audio experience to new
``Unreal stretches the boundaries of 3D action games in
both graphics and sound, so it's only natural that we support cutting edge developments
like Aureal's A3D,'' said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic MegaGames. ``Once you've heard
how fantastic Unreal sounds with A3D positional audio, you'll wonder how you ever listened
to games with only stereo sound.''
``We are very excited to be included in a title which is
likely to be the hottest game of the year,'' said Skip McIlvaine, Aureal's A3D Technical
Evangelist. ``The only thing better than A3D in this title is the coming support for A3D
Unreal transports one or more players to a beautiful planet
filled with deadly, cunning enemies that attack players from the land, air and water.
Armed with an array of powerful weapons, ranging from assault rifles to flak cannons,
players must rely on their wits and will to survive. Unreal's visuals set a new standard
for realism -- water is transparent, flames randomly flicker, moving clouds cast shadow,
while dynamic lighting and music changes compliment the on-screen action.
Anyone can host their own Unreal multi-player game on the
Internet and jump to another's game anywhere in the world as swiftly as they would go from
web site to web site. In addition, Unreal will provide players with the most advanced, yet
simple-to-use and quick design tool for creating their own 3D environments to play in.
About GT Interactive Software Corp.
Headquartered in NY, GT Interactive Software Corp. is a leading global publisher of
entertainment and edutainment software under the GT Interactive, Cavedog Entertainment,
SingleTrac and MacSoft brands for personal computers as well as game systems from Sony
Computer Entertainment America and Nintendo. GT Interactive is a marketshare leader in
value-priced software under the WizardWorks, CompuWorks and Slash brands. Located on the
World Wide Web at http://www.gtinteractive.com,
GT Interactive is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol
About Epic MegaGames
Epic MegaGames Inc. is a privately held company based in Rockville, MD, with offices in
the U.K. Established in 1991, Epic produces, markets and distributes cutting-edge PC games
and is best known for Jazz Jackrabbit, Epic Pinball and the upcoming Unreal which is a
collaboration with Waterloo, Ontario based Digital Extremes. Epic developed the Unreal
Engine and has already licensed it to several of the industry's top game designers. In
addition to worldwide retail publishing arrangements, Epic distributes its products
directly to end users using the shareware model. Additional company and product
information may be obtained through Epic's World Wide Web site at http://www.epicgames.com.
Aureal builds advanced audio semiconductor and software solutions that increase
functionality and features for personal computers and consumer electronics devices. Aureal
develops audio processing semiconductor chips and also licenses technology designed to
define and improve advanced audio standards in the marketplace. For information on Aureal,
its products, and its industry leading A3D audio technologies, call Corporate
Communications at 510-252-4582 or visit the Company's Website at www.aureal.com.
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uncertainties, including, but not limited to, dependence on the PC and consumer
electronics industries and on product lines based on new technologies; foundry capacity,
availability and reliability; competition and pricing pressures; and other risks detailed
from time to time in the company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
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