Midway locks in Stranglehold date

Midway sets Xbox 360 and PC editions of John Woo game to end of August; PS3 edition to follow three weeks later.

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Two years and three Electronic Entertainment Expos ago, Midway announced Stranglehold, a pseudo-sequel to the 1992 action film Hard-Boiled made in cooperation with the film's director John Woo and star Chow Yun-Fat. Previously set to be on shelves by "fall or holiday" of 2006, Midway pushed the title back to the first quarter of 2007. Having missed that release window, Midway said it would have the game out by August.

The long wait appears to be nearing an end, as a Midway representative today nailed down exact release dates for GameSpot. The Xbox 360 and PC editions of Stranglehold will apparently keep to Midway's most recently stated timeframe, arriving August 27. However, the PlayStation 3 version of the game is now set for September 17.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Stranglehold will also have limited-edition packages selling for $10 more than the suggested $59.99 of the regular versions. For PS3 consumers, the extra dough buys a copy of Hard-Boiled included on the Blu-ray disc. The Xbox 360 premium package includes a behind-the-scenes documentary on the game, as well as looks at the concept art and sound design of the game.

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