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Urban Assault challenges gamers to bring the Earth back from the brink of destruction at:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/urbanassault/

Redmond, WA, January 29th, 1998 -- The site unveils in-depth descriptions of the game's features and storyline, a multimedia library of screen shots and audio and video files, and a Q & A with Terratools (the game's developer).

Urban Assault combines diverse action game play with strategic depth. From a first-person cockpit perspective, players can control 15 types of combat vehicles, from airplanes, helicopters and satellites to jeeps and tanks. Gamers can simultaneously command and deploy their entire army from an overhead transparent map as they manage resources and upgrade technologies. To win the game, players must think like a general and perform like a front-line soldier. Urban Assault is set in a foreboding, post-apocalyptic 3-D world with astounding high-quality graphics.

Product Overview

Urban Assault combines diverse action game play with strategic depth. >From a first-person cockpit perspective, players can control 15 types of combat vehicles, from airplanes, helicopters and satellites to jeeps and tanks. Gamers can simultaneously command and deploy their entire army from an overhead transparent map as they manage resources and upgrade technologies. To win the game, players must think like a general and perform like a front-line soldier. Urban Assault is set in a foreboding, post-apocalyptic 3-D world with astounding high-quality graphics.

Features

  • Multiple-vehicle control. Urban Assault lets gamers experience a variety of heart-pounding action game play by enabling them to pilot up to 15 types of vehicles tanks, helicopters, jets, jeeps, bombers, satellites each with its own specific weaponry and functions. Gamers can fight against five distinct species and 35 types of enemy vehicles, from those of bionic aliens to World War I vehicles such as biplanes and zeppelins.
  • "Drivers seat" perspective. Gamers experience the intensity of the front line by jumping into the "driver's seat" of any vehicle. They can easily switch from one vehicle to another at any time.
  • Overhead transparent map. Players command forces from an overhead transparent map, providing complete strategic control by allowing them to create groups, issue orders and set multiple navigation points.
  • Classic, real-time strategy features. Building and resource management, technology upgrades and advanced AI add strategic depth for more varied challenges. Urban Assault includes a squadron manager that allows gamers to organize composite platoons and set their level of aggressiveness to defend, attack or raid.
  • Varied cityscape environment. Foreboding environments with varied hide-and-seek cityscapes and open battlefields bring original and challenging combat conditions, including more than 100 destructible building types.
  • Many choices for the path to victory. The nonlinear-level tree has more than 30 levels that allow players to choose various paths to success.

System Requirements

    - Multimedia or compatible PC with Pentium 120 or higher processor
    - Microsoft Windows 95
    - Super VGA, 256-color video card with 1 MB of VRAM (2 MB recommended)
    - 16 MB of RAM (32 MB recommended)
    - Quad-speed CD-ROM drive
    - Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
    - 60 MB of available hard disk space
    - Audio board with speakers or headphones
    - Internet Access required for Internet play
    - 28.8Kbps modem or higher for head-to-head and Internet play (56.6Kbps modem recommended)
    - Microsoft SideWinderr Force Feedback Pro joystick recommended
    - 3-D graphics acceleration card compatible with the Direct3D API recommended

Pricing and Availability

Urban Assault on CD-ROM is scheduled to be available in stores in summer 1998 for approximately $54.95.

Advanced Technology Support

    - Intel Pentium II processor with MMX technology and Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
    - DirectInput API, Force Feedback gaming devices compatible
    - Direct3D API
    - DirectPlay API, Internet play for up to four players via the Microsoft Internet Gaming Zone, over a LAN or modem-to-modem.

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