Paramount Abducts Midway’s Area 51

Just days after Midway announced that David Duchovny (The X-Files), Powers Boothe (Deadwood) and goth rocker Marilyn Manson have signed on to voice characters in the upcoming game, Area 51, Paramount Pictures revealed plans to acquire worldwide film rights to the property. The sci-fi action game for PlayStation 2 and Xbox is scheduled to hit retail in March of 2005.

Producer Christine Peters (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) will collaborate with Midway to produce the action-packed big-screen thriller. There is no word yet as to whether or not Duchovny, Boothe and Manson will reprise their roles for the movie.

As the game starts, players learn that the U.S. Army has received a distress signal from Area 51, where a viral outbreak has just shut down the research facility and the automated quarantine procedures have locked all scientific and military personnel inside. As Cole, gamers will delve into the confines of the famed military outpost, discovering a deadly mind-control side effect of the virus, as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility. Cole must solve the enigma of Area 51 before the viral mutagen is released and irrevocably mutates all life on Earth.

Area 51 features online capabilities for up to 16 players on PlayStation 2 and Xbox with game modes such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Humans vs. Alien Mutant Team Deathmatch.