Third-party hardware accessory manufacturer Mad Catz is back in the game

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Alex Verry, a former PR director for Mad Catz, told Eurogamer that this is "not a case of a nameless corporation buying the assets and running the brand down".

After fading from the market early past year, Mad Catz Global Limited made a surprise announcement today that it's back and ready to wow the gaming populace with brand new lines of high-end gaming peripherals. In fact the company has announced a trio of new hardware: the Rat Air mouse, the RGB-lit Strike 4 mechanical keyboard, and the Freq 4 gaming headset.

Now, just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 next week, Mad Catz is back from the dead. Let's hope these new products live up to Mad Catz new "come back stronger than ever" mentality. The newest version of the R.A.T. mouse will be connected to a charging pad, giving you wireless goodness without restraining nonsense like "charging" or 'batteries'. However, it seems Mad Catz has officially risen from the grave.

Third-party hardware accessory manufacturer Mad Catz is back in the game
Third-party hardware accessory manufacturer Mad Catz is back in the game

We'll get our hands-on with these new peripherals when we're on the ground in Las Vegas next week at CES 2018.

"They're absolutely not going after the commodities side of the market", Verrey said, adding that the new Mad Catz will not look to release expensive accessories that gamers do not really want to purchase. The company is perhaps best known with gamers for its creation of third party controllers and other products of various shapes and sizes for PC and consoles, including everything from traditional controllers and memory cards through to more specialist products like racing wheels. The new products are rounded out by the F.R.E.Q. 4, a gaming headset with a blend of retro and gamer styling that boasts 40mm neodymium drivers, metal plating, and an adjustable boom. More from Mad Catz is expected then. "Mad Catz has been a permanent fixture in gaming for nearly three decades and we firmly believe its best days lie ahead", Mad Catz director of sales and operations Selena Chang said.

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