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DreamCatcher Releases Painkiller 1.61 CPL Update

DreamCatcher Games today released the 1.61 Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) Update and dedicated server for its critically acclaimed PC FPS, Painkiller. In time for the start of the CPL $1,000,000 2005 World Tour on February 10th, this 300MB update bundles an abundance of new content and all of the game play enhancements, fixes and features to date.

Within the largest Painkiller update released, players can look forward to the new CPL duelling maps from Ritual Entertainment, over a half dozen speciality maps and numerous CPL-ready network features. They will also enjoy access to two additional multiplayer modes, Capture the Flag and Last Man Standing, as well as carnage-creating power of the exclusive weaponry offered in Painkiller's Expansion, Battle Out of Hell.

The update also includes Battle Out of Hell's graphic enhancements, the reworked networking core and a number of fixes for outstanding issues. Utilizing the impressive Havok 2.0 physics engine, Painkiller continues to achieve new heights of physics-based gameplay while version 1.61 of the proprietary PAIN Engine pumps out an unbelievably high polygon count and awesome visual effects like heat and haze distortion, per-pixel spectacular mapping and support for NVIDIA's Shader Model 3.0.

"Since its launch, Painkiller has earned numerous fantastic reviews and 'Editor's Choice Awards' from all over the world," said Richard Wah Kan, CEO of DreamCatcher. "We will continue to keep fans entertained and craving for more hardcore action."

In Painkiller, players take on the role of Daniel Garner, a seemingly regular guy, who has just been killed in a horrific car accident. Trapped in a dark and unwelcoming world between heaven and hell, he struggles to uncover the reasons he has been denied entry into heaven. Awaiting purification, players fight against hordes of demonic soldiers in an attempt to stop an imminent holy war.

Developed by People Can Fly, Painkiller and Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell are rated 'M' for Mature in North America and 16+ PEGI in Europe. An Xbox® version of Painkiller will be released in 2005. Painkiller is the Official tournament game of the CPL $1,000,000 2005 World Tour.

For more information about Painkiller and the latest updates, visit www.painkillergame.com.

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