Red Alert Fans Prepare for Impending Counterstrike

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Westwood Studios announces first official mission disk - Command & Conquer: Counterstrike - for its best-selling title Command & Conquer Red Alert

Las Vegas, NV, February 11, 1997 -- Hot on the heels of Command & Conquer: Red Alert, currently the best-selling computer game in the world, Westwood Studios today announced it is developing a Red Alert mission disk called Command & Conquer: Counterstrike.

This mission disk will be available at retail in March, and requires the original Red Alert to play. Counterstrike will feature 16 new, action packed missions that will continue the struggle between the Allies and Soviets made popular in Red Alert; 100 new multiplayer maps for players to use in their quest for world domination over their friends; and enough devastating new units, experimental technologies and disavowed tactics to provide players with hours and hours of fun.

"We have been overwhelmed by the demand for this mission disk," said Brett W. Sperry, president and CEO of Westwood Studios. "Thousands of e-mails, letters and phone calls have poured in since we released Red Alert all asking for more gameplay." The CD-ROM will also include eight new musical battle themes, connection software for Westwood's online gaming service, Westwood Chat, and a Red Alert Windows 95 desktop theme pack, including cool Red Alert desktop backgrounds, patterns, icons, AVI movies and screen savers.

"Our friends and fans have shown us so much support, they deserve more than the typical mission disk," continued Sperry. "We wanted to make Counterstrike a really compelling product, so we included new units to command, new experimental technologies, a few special surprises and a bevy of Windows 95 goodies."

The new combat units in Counterstrike include self-defending ore trucks, devastating Tesla tanks and elite Soviet Commandos, as well as significantly enhanced and modified weaponry.

Westwood Studios recently announced that worldwide sales of Red Alert topped 1.5 million units after only six weeks at retail, making it the fastest-selling computer game in history. To date more than 1.8 million units of Red Alert have been sold worldwide. "We're confident that Counterstrike will be a huge success, given that the demand for Red Alert has remained strong, and retail orders have remained constant, even after the initial holiday rush," said Scott Berlin, vice president of sales at Virgin Interactive Entertainment.

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Westwood Studios is a prominent publisher of best-selling PC, Mac and next-generation console games. Formed in 1985, Westwood Studios has consistently released popular titles including: Dune II, the Kyrandia adventure trilogy, Lands of Lore, Monopoly CD-ROM for the Internet and the Command & Conquer product line, which has sold well over 4 million units worldwide since its debut in 1995.

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