For Immediate Release


Bethesda Softworks Brings Bowling to the Sega Dreamcast
With PBA Tour Bowling 2001

Bowling Action for the Whole Family That's So Realistic,
You'll Think It's Friday Night at the Local Lanes!

May 3, 2000 (Rockville, MD) -- Bethesda Softworks" has announced that it will develop and publish PBA Tour Bowling 2001" for the Sega Dreamcast". Officially licensed by the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), PBA Tour Bowling 2001 will be on store shelves in October 2000. PBA Tour Bowling 2001 will combine realistic physics, 3D graphics, and online multiplayer play to create the most complete bowling game available for players of all ages.

"Bethesda Softworks worked closely with the PBA to produce the one game that best complements the tradition of the sport," said Mark Gerberich, commissioner of the PBA tour. "PBA Tour Bowling 2001 promises to capture even more of the excitement and thrills that can only be found in the PBA circuit."

Taking full advantage of the power of the Sega Dreamcast, PBA Tour Bowling 2001 serves up improved physics modeling and more realistic graphics. The game features full-motion skeletal models of bowlers in 3D to create a realistic bowling experience. In addition, the bowler will have complete control over the ball's spin, power, and aim. To add to the game's realism, the lanes in PBA Tour Bowling 2001 will actually degrade, showing signs of wear and tear the more the player bowls.

"Sega is pleased to have Bethesda Softworks on board as a third party publisher for Sega Dreamcast," said Neal Robison, group director of third party licensing, Sega of America. "Sega has a unique advantage in console gaming with the Sega Dreamcast Network and we are 100% committed to expanding and enhancing the gameplay experience for consumers via the Internet. We are pleased to see Bethesda Softworks making the same commitment with PBA Tour Bowling 2001."

PBA Tour Bowling 2001 will support single-player and multiplayer online games and feature a variety of gameplay modes, including practice, team games, and tournaments. Custom bowlers can also be created and customized according to their appearance, strike ball, spare ball, and more.

With an ESRB Rating of E (Everyone), PBA Tour Bowling 2001 is intended for all age groups and skill levels. This game was designed not only to provide hours of realistic bowling entertainment, but also to help novices and pros alike improve existing bowling skills. Players can test their skills against AI computer models that are based on actual pros from the PBA tour. Fly-by game cameras allow the player to view the action from several different camera angles. These cameras also allow the player to critique their own style through numerous replays at different positions, from execution to follow-through.

"We're excited about being a developer and publisher for the Sega Dreamcast," said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. "Our PBA Bowling titles have done extremely well on the PC, and our Sega Dreamcast version will be the best one yet."

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