Cavedog Entertainment Ships 250,000 Total Annihilation Games
Worldwide in First Month;
Delivers Simultaneous Release in Three
Languages and 14 Countries
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Cavedog Entertainment Gives Gamers an Unprecedented Treat:
Total Annihilation's First Free Battle Reinforcement Hits World Wide Web
Seattle, WA, October 30, 1997 -- Total Annihilation, Cavedog Entertainment's groundbreaking 3-D
real-time strategy game, was simultaneously launched in three languages and
14 countries on September 27, blasting more than 250,000 games into retail
stores during its first month of release. Now, Cavedog Entertainment is
delivering an unprecedented treat for gamers by unleashing its first free
weekly downloadable battle unit for Total Annihilation from
http://www.cavedog.com on Nov. 14.
"Now, Total Annihilation's nonstop action expands weekly, and
each new unit delivers more exciting challenges, strategies and game play
possibilities," said Cavedog Entertainment founder and creative director
Red Hot New Battle Units
Total Annihilation, with its 150 run-time 3-D articulated units,
50 explosive missions, ultrarealistic 3-D terrains, advanced multiplayer
capabilities, and an original music score featuring a 95-piece symphony
orchestra, is about to get even better. Each new Arm or Core unit
seamlessly integrates into single player, Internet or LAN multiplayer
combat. The first downloadable reinforcements available from
Nov. 14: "Flakker" Antiaircraft Flak Gun (Arm) - Defends against
massive Core bomber and fighter raids when missiles aren't enough.
Nov. 21: "Toaster" Pop-Up Heavy Cannon (Core) - Have a blast
surprising your enemy with this fun loving unit at the last second.
Nov. 28: "Defender NS" Naval Series Missile Tower (Arm) - When land is
a problem, wallpaper the ocean with this anti-aircraft defense system.
Dec. 5: "Spoiler" Mine-Laying Vehicle (Core) - Turn a beautiful
countryside into hell's half-acre.
Total International Phenomenon
English, French and German language versions of Total Annihilation
simultaneously launched in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, France,
Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa,
Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. By Nov. 1, Total
Annihilation will launch in Brazil, Israel, Korea and Taiwan. Localized
Italian, Japanese and Spanish language versions of Total Annihilation
will also soon be available.
New Critical Acclaim
Internet gamers have avidly embraced the award-winning Total Annihilation
CD-ROM. Within a mere four days of its Oct. 14 debut on the Total
Entertainment Network (TEN), Total Annihilation shot to the top of the
charts to become the No. 1 game on TEN with the most simultaneous users.
In addition, enthusiastic players have created more than 35 fan Web
sites dedicated to Total Annihilation plus a USENET newsgroup
Total Annihilation's latest raves include The Washington Post's Oct. 10
review which said, "There is a ton of real-time strategy games, all out
to eat Command & Conquer's lunch, but Total Annihilation is the only one
of them you need to buy this year." In October, GamePen proclaimed,
"Total Annihilation is the best multiplayer real-time strategy game out.
Commitment to Retail
Cavedog Entertainment is aggressively supporting Total Annihilation at
retail with personal demonstrations and prize drawings at hundreds of
computer specialty stores throughout the United States in November and
December. National and regional Total Annihilation feature ads are being
run with key retailers and supported with in-store endcap product
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Cavedog Entertainment, based in
the Seattle area, was created in 1995 by Ron Gilbert and a team of the game
industry's best designers, programmers and artists, to explore interactive
gaming and create new standards of fun. In 1997, Computer Gaming World and
GameSpot proclaimed Ron Gilbert to be one of "the 15 most influential people
of all time." Gilbert previously spent eight years at LucasArts
Entertainment, where he designed such classic games as Maniac Mansion and the
Monkey Island series. Both games have won numerous awards and appeared in PC
Games' Top Eight Most Influential Games of All Time list. Chris Taylor,
creator and lead designer of Total Annihilation, is an award-winning game
designer responsible for such hit titles as Triple Play Baseball, Hardball II
and 4D Sports Boxing. Industry accolades include the
Software Publishers Association Sports Game of the Year Award. Cavedog
Entertainment is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GT Interactive Software Corp.
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