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January 29th, 1997 -- Sega Europe Ltd and Manic Media Productions Ltd announced that Formula Karts will be published by Sega for the 32-bit Saturn console and under the Sega PC brand for the Pentium PC platform - simultaneously in June - three months ahead of any other format.

Formula Karts is a stunning 3D racing simulation featuring 8 polygon tracks, polygon karts with motion-sampled driver animation, realistic kart handling and eight tracks with a variety of road surfaces and corners to test event he most experienced drivers.

Other features include single race and championship options, three skill levels and advanced AI to ensure that computer controlled drivers feature unique driving styles and capabilities. The game will appeal to players of all ages and karting enthusiasts.

The game was created by leading British developer manic Media Ltd - the same team that produced the top-selling PC CD-ROM titles, Super Karts and its sega, Manic Karts. Formula Karts will be the company's first game to be developed for any home video game platform.

"Formula Karts incorporates the highest production values and benefits from our wealth of experience at producing the best kart racing games in the business," comments John Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, Manic Media. "The game is a stunning all-action racer which will thrill Sega Saturn and Pentium PC gamers," comments Paul McCraken, Development Director, Manic Media. "Game paisley is exceptional - whatever level you compete on, you're sure to have a stunning wheel-to-wheel race."

"We're delighted to be associated with this well-respected developer," comments Andy Mee, Sega's European Marketing Director, "and confident that Formula Karts will be a huge success. Saturn owners have another top-class exclusive game."

Multiplayer and One Options - For PC CD-ROM the title will offer Windows 95 functionality with a recommended minimum specification of Pentium P90. The game can be played by up to 8 people over an IPX or 'wireplay' network and two people over a modem or direct link.

Circuits - There are eight outdoor circuits to race on featuring height changes, jumps, bridges and tunnels. One circuit even features a figure of eight. There's also different driving surfaces such as tarmac, concrete, grass, mud and ice!

Game Play - The game is designed to be playable as a quick blast or an extended racing game. Modes are 'Championship', 'Single Race' or 'Arcade'.

Skill Levels - The options are 'Easy' (up to 70 mph), 'Medium' (up to 100 mph) and 'Hard' (up to 130 mph) which are based on engine sizes of the kart and the AI of the other drivers.

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