Gremlin Games Aureal A3D Press Release

Hot New Gremlin Games to Support Aureal A3D.

Aureal and Gremlin Announce New Upcoming Titles Featuring Support for A3D

Positional Audio and Aureal Wavetracing Technologies

FREMONT, Calif., and SHEFFIELD, England, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Aureal Semiconductor Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AURL) and Gremlin Interactive Ltd. today announced that new titles from Gremlin’s upcoming release slate, including Wild Metal Country and Rally Masters will incorporate Aureal’s award-winning A3D(TM) 2.0 positional audio technology with Aureal Wavetracing(TM). Gremlin’s anticipated third-person perspective shooter, Blade, will include positional audio via Aureal’s highly acclaimed A3D 1.0.

Both Wild Metal Country and Rally Masters are vehicle-based 3D simulation games, with gameplay that takes place in a wide variety of outdoor and semi-enclosed environments. By incorporating positional audio technology and Aureal Wavetracing, Gremlin is dramatically enhancing the level of realism already provided by its advanced 3D graphics engine — simulating complex aural environments in real time.

Wild Metal Country is the latest game from creative powerhouse DMA Design. Tribes of war-machines have evolved taking on animal characteristics in a superb combat/action game. Great graphics and unbelievably realistic physics make WMC a superb experience in either single or multi-player modes. Rally Masters comes from DICE, the team that gave us Motorhead. This time DICE has created the most realistic Rally game ever with graphics to shame even Motorhead. Rally Masters is already being heralded as probably the PC racing game of the year.

“We’re really pleased to be working with Gremlin to increase the immersion factor of these great games,” said Skip McIlvaine, Aureal’s Developer Relations Manager. “The implementation of A3D 2.0 in these titles is extremely impressive.”

“Aureal’s powerful A3D APIs have enabled us to rapidly add advanced audio simulation features to our game engines,” said James North-Hearn, Gremlin’s Development Director. “Sound, in addition to graphics, is an increasingly important component in providing an immersive gameplay environment and Aureal’s technologies enable us to fulfill that need in a robust manner.”

About A3D

Aureal A3D is an award-winning audio technology that enables an immersive audio experience by surrounding the listener with sounds in all three dimensions — using ordinary headphones or two or more speakers. A3D is effective in increasing the reality of a simulated experience by recreating the multitude of auditory cues that allow us to perceive our environment in everyday life.

Many audio product vendors — including Diamond Multimedia Systems, Voyetra Turtle Beach, and Xitel — and top-tier PC manufacturers — including Compaq Computer Corporation, Dell Computer Corporation, and Sony Electronics — offer Aureal audio solutions to their customers via A3D and/or Aureal’s Vortex(R) audio chips.

About Aureal Semiconductor

Aureal is a leading provider of advanced audio solutions for the computer, consumer, entertainment and professional audio markets. The company designs, builds and distributes advanced audio semiconductor and software solutions for personal computers and consumer electronics devices through the OEM, integrator/reseller/VAR and direct-to-customer channels. Aureal also licenses technology designed to define and improve advanced audio standards in the marketplace.

Aureal’s award-winning product line includes A3D positional audio technology, Vortex audio processors and Vortex-based sound cards, and A3D Pro sound design software. For information on Aureal Semiconductor or its products and industry-leading audio technologies, please contact its Public Relations department (510-252-4326) or Investor Relations department (510-252-4582). You may also visit its Websites at and

About Gremlin Interactive

Established in 1985, Gremlin Interactive of Sheffield, England is both one of Europe’s leading publishers and largest development houses for computer game software. Creating games for the Sony PlayStation, Nintendo N64, Sega Dreamcast and PC CD-ROM platforms, Gremlin is a creative powerhouse, leading the industry in such innovative technologies as Motion Capture and real-time 3D.

Gremlin Interactive is part of the Gremlin Group PLC, a fully listed company on the London Stock Exchange. Gremlin Group PLC is also composed of Gremlin Studios of Dewsbury, England and DMA Design of Dundee, Scotland and Gremlin Interactive Australia of Melbourne.

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risk and 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 Commission.

NOTE: Aureal, the Aureal logo, Aureal Wavetracing and A3D are trademarks of, and Vortex is a registered trademark of Aureal Semiconductor Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Published: Jan 19, 1999

Categories:   1999, PR Material, The Company, Year


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