Video game developer and publisher Midway Games Inc. today announced that celebrity voice casting for its new sci-fi/action first person shooter, Area 51, will include The X-Files‘ David Duchovny, Deadwoods Powers Boothe and goth rocker Marilyn Manson. Area 51 is scheduled to be available during the first half 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Duchovny has had plenty of experience with extra-terrestrials in Foxs hit series, The X-Files, and in Ivan Reitmans big-screen invasion comedy, Evolution. Now he takes on the lead role of Ethan Cole, a special forces soldier specializing in hazardous materials investigations. Boothe will provide the voice of Major Bridges, while infamous recording artist Manson speaks for Edgar, the gray alien.
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.