MICROPROSE WORKS ITS MAGIC ON THE INTERNET
ManaLink MultiPlayer Update To Allow Magic: The Gathering Fans to Play Transcontinental Duels Via GatheringNet Website
Alameda, CA, December 9, 1997 -- MicroProse, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS:MPRS) announced today the release date of Magic: The Gathering ManaLink, the free multiplayer update that allows fans to play Magic duels online with other players worldwide for the first time. A limited release will be available for download in mid December to purchasers of the Magic: The Gathering Spells of the Ancients expansion disk in North America. ManaLink is scheduled for general release at www.gathering.net on January 1 in five languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. Free Magic: The Gathering Internet game play will be hosted exclusively by Total Entertainment Network (TEN) at the GatheringNet web site on http://www.gathering.net.
With more than two billion of the Wizards of the Coast trading cards sold to date and the shipment of more than 250,000 copies of the MicroProse interactive computer game on CD-ROM, Magic: The Gathering for the PC is the number one strategy card game on the PC. Magic for the PC is a turn-based strategy card game that appeals to all ages.
The ManaLink multiplayer update greatly enhances depth of game play. This online software enables two players to duel over the Internet, chat, send messages and taunt opponents inside and outside of the Duel. For easy opponent matching over the Net, ManaLink creates a "live" player environment, allowing players to view a list of other Magic players who are currently online and playing over the Internet. Players can sort potential opponents by attributes such as rank and location.
Magic: The Gathering fans can challenge players around the world by visiting GatheringNet at http://www.gathering.net, the official Magic: The Gathering for the PC online play web site. GatheringNet, hosted by TEN, is an online community where Magic enthusiasts can meet, discuss Magic topics of interest, learn the latest Magic news and hear about Magic events taking place both online and in the real world. Fans can win Magic prizes in contests and promotions, get the latest strategy tips, trade the latest deck files and download other cool Magic freeware.
A compilation of everything a player needs to compete in Magic play on the Internet, Duels of the Planeswalkers, scheduled to ship in North America on January 12, will include the original Magic: The Gathering for the PC, ManaLink, and a new card expansion for the PC containing over 80 cards from The Dark and Legends card sets. With proof of purchase for the original Magic: The Gathering for the PC, purchasers of Duels of the Planeswalkers can get $15 back in a special rebate offer.
MicroProse, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for use on CD-ROM-based personal computers. The company is also developing software for use on next-generation 32/64-bit console machines, the Internet and online gaming services. The company has five development studios located in Alameda, California; Hunt Valley, Maryland; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas and Chipping Sodbury, England. Products are available nationally and internationally and are sold through major distributors, retailers and mass merchants.
Wizards of the Coast is a leading developer and publisher of entertainment products, including the world's best-selling Magic: The Gathering trading card game. Wizards of the Coast subsidiaries include TSR, Inc., creators of the popular Dungeons and Dragons(r) adventure game, and Five Rings Publishing Group Inc., best known for the Legend of the Five Rings(r) trading card game. Headquartered just outside of Seattle, Wash., Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris and London.
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