Midway announced that its sci-fi first-person shooter, AREA 51 is now scheduled to ship the first half of 2005. Midway decided to give AREA 51 the extra development time needed in order to assure the quality of the title. In addition to honing graphics and fine tuning gameplay, the development team has confirmed that they will be adding new features to the game including a new alien enemy, as well as a new alien weapon.

In AREA 51 players will experience a chilling government cover-up while exploring America’s most top secret military facility, revealing the conspiracies are real and far worse than anyone ever imagined. Gamers will be able to explore and investigate Area 51 while battling through five levels where, futuristic human and alien weaponry, enemies and powers await. Players will be able to compete against friends via 4-player split screen on Xbox and 2-player split screen on the PlayStation 2, or fight it out with their mutation abilities online with 16 players on their PS2 or via Xbox Live with online modes such as death match, team death match and capture the flag.