VELOCITY LAUNCHES STRIFE AT E3
Unique Game Combines Role Playing Adventure with Doom Style Action
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San Francisco, CA -- Velocity Inc.,
the pioneer of the industry's first commercially successful multi-player networked game,
today announced the release of its latest title Strife. Strife is
an interactive, multi-player, action adventure game that combines fast-action,
first-person 3-D combat and the mythic intrigue of the best role-playing games.
Strife thrusts players into a world of high stakes virtual combat while
challenging them to successfully navigate through 30 levels of a tyrannical
ruled city-state which covers over 200 'virtual miles'. Written using the
enhanced id 3-D engine, Strife takes DOOM-like gaming to a higher
Strife constitutes a whole new type of 3-D combat game. It has expanded
on the tradition of DOOM in a number of ways. Both by intensifying the fighting
action with new weapons such as the Flame Thrower and by providing an enthralling
interactive story and plot line complete with dramatic voice-overs. Strife
sets the standard for what the next generation of PC games will look and play like.
Set in a world inspired by both ancient medieval and technical influences, Strife
challenges players to an epic adventure in which they encounter a host of life
threatening enemies, obstacles and mysteries. Players must defeat the Order, a
quasi-religious dictatorship that keeps the world of Strife mired in
eternal warfare. The challenges take place throughout a virtual world of 200 square
miles and 30 different levels of play, all of which represent varying states of
technological development. Players interact with members of the underground rebellion,
the Front, who hold the keys to success. The allies are imperative to attaining
information, conducting secret missions and furthering the cause against the tyranny
of the Order.
New Weapons Systems
As players fight their way through the fanatical ranks of the Order, they encounter
some of the most hideous and powerful adversaries imaginable. Fortunately, players
will find a virtual arsenal of innovative and powerful weapons to combat the massive
firepower of the Order. Weapons include the blistering Flame-Thrower, highly
explosive Grenade Launcher, the silent but deadly Crossbow that shoots poisonous
and electric arrows, the rapid fire Micro-Missile Launcher and the ultimate
weapon of mass destruction: The "Sigil."
Strife contains a number of unique features not found in other action adventure
In addition, Strife has integrated a vastly improved 3-D engine that dramatically
enhances the gaming experience. "The super-fast id engine has been enhanced
to provide features that feel like alpha blending, crating see-through stained glass
and smooth fades between levels," said Gregory Slayton, acting president
and CEO of Velocity. "This, along with intelligent interaction with a variety of
game agents, provides players with a multi-player virtual world they will want to
explore over and over again."
- Non-Linear Plot Lines. Players experience different adventures and endings
as they exercise the wide variety of choices that are available throughout the
- Complete Dialogue Interface. Players can interact with every character
in Strife in order to unravel the story's insidious plot, complete with
well directed voice overs by talented actors.
- Amazing Graphics. From medieval architecture to alien high technology,
players of Strife will find graphics with a degree of depth and complexity
unrivaled by other combat games.
- Eight-Player Gaming. Strife offers improved multi-player real time
gaming with up to eight opponents over a network and a two-player option that
works with a modem or null serial cable.
- Fully Interactive Environment. Players can trade gold for goods from
characters like the Weaponsmith, explore vast cities and experience deadly confrontations
with a dark cult of machines. As players complete special missions, skills such as
weapon accuracy and stamina will improve.
- Extended Game Time. Players are challenged with more than 100 hours of
non-repetitive game play ensuring long-term, intriguing play.
Strife runs on a 486 or higher processor and requires 8Mb of RAM, a 256-color
VGA monitor, a CD-ROM drive and supports most major sound cards (16-bit Soundblaster
compatible or higher recommended). Strife requires 80Mb of free hard drive
space and MS-DOS 5.0 or higher. Strife is available now at an estimated
street price of $49.95. Demo versions of Strife can be downloaded
from Velocity's world wide web site at www.velocitygames.com.
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Strife is the product of a partnership between some of the PC gaming
industry's hottest companies. Strife was co-developed by
Velocity and Rogue Entertainment and utilizes the
Id 3-D engine as the basis for its graphical interface. Chairman and
founder of Velocity, Inc. Moses Ma remarked, "We are absolutely thrilled to
work with id Software. They're terrific to work with and we look forward to
additional collaborations in the future." Velocity is a leading developer and
publisher of fast-action multi-player network games. The game play in Strife
reflects the various strengths of each firm's contribution.
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