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Independent British Games Developer Storms to Number One in the Japanese, US and European charts
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Thursday 5th April/...Runcorn-based computer games developer Evolution Studios is celebrating its success as MotorStorm, its thrilling off-road racing game, scores a PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) hat-trick in the Japanese, European and United States Charts.

MotorStorm was launched alongside the launch of the PS3 in all three territories, and follows the game's success in Japan and the United States where it also topped the PS3 Chart on its release.

MotorStorm's savage off-road racing throws players into a frighteningly realistic series of competitions spread across the breathtakingly hostile environment of Monument Valley. Each race sees players battling for first place through a series of heart-stopping jumps and winding shortcuts in contests that define the word 'carnage'. No two races are ever the same as competing vehicles churn and deform the mud with every rev of their engines - a feat which showcases the sheer processing power of the PS3.

Evolution Studios already has an excellent pedigree in racing games having produced the highly acclaimed World Rally Championship series.

"To see MotorStorm top the European, the Japanese and the US PlayStation 3 charts is just fantastic," says Martin Kenwright, CEO Evolution Studios. "Developing MotorStorm to a standard we were all happy with was certainly a challenge - but the team here really delivered. Evolution has a reputation for delivering high quality racing titles, but the consensus was to come up with something really special for Sony's new hardware. We're delighted that the public has agreed with the press and made MotorStorm a worldwide number one PLAYSTATION 3 title."

Notes to Editors:

About Evolution

Founded in 1999 by Martin Kenwright and Ian Hetherington, Evolution Studios developed five hugely successful Official World Rally Championship titles exclusively for Playstation2. Based in Runcorn, Cheshire, they are the independent developer behind MotorStorm, the most eagerly-anticipated title for the Playstation3 console which launches In the US and Japan in November 2006 and is the result of an exclusivity deal with Sony Computer Entertainment.

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