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Combat Racing Game Available For Sony PlayStation and Windows 95

New York, NY, December 1, 1997 -- What has six heart-pounding race tracks, 26 wings and 96 legs? The answer is BugRiders: The Race of Kings, GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ: GTIS) and n-Space's innovative new combat racing game that is currently available for the Sony PlayStation and Windows 95. BugRiders: The Race of Kings transports players into a mystical land where racing atop giant flying bugs, each with their own signature attributes and weapons, is more than a way of life, it is a means of survival.

"Taking gamers through a captivating 3D world filled with hairpin turns and heart-pounding action, BugRiders: The Race of Kings will be an innovative addition to the racing category," says Holly Newman, vice president of Marketing for GT Interactive. "Featuring a diverse assortment of race tracks, characters, weapons and modes of play, BugRiders: The Race of Kings will be a 'must have' for racing and action game fans alike."

n-Space's BugRiders: The Race of Kings is set in Entymion, a magical land championed by vicious armed warriors, each riding giant insectoid mounts complete with individual motivations, aspirations and weapons. Emperor Leptus the First has died, and the people of Entymion require a successor. Across the Empire in each of the Five Manors of the Royal Court, the Great Race is run, as custom and law requires. In the end, a single rider will emerge victorious, replacing Leptus as Emperor until their own health fails. Only through careful navigation of the courses, mastery of the mount and effective use of their weapons, will players be able to defeat the Royal Court in a series of intense airborne events and earn the right to replace Leptus as Emperor of Entymion.

"This is a breakthrough title," says Dan O'Leary, vice president of n-Space and team leader for the BugRiders: The Race of Kings project. "We feel that we have taken race excitement to the next level, and besides, the bugs are real cool."

BugRiders: The Race of Kings offers an array of exciting features, including:

  • True 3D racing, enabling passing above, below, left and right of opponents;
  • Racing on the backs of giant flying bugs, each with unique mount, traits and characteristics;
  • 22 characters, many with their own signature weapons and racing styles;
  • Distinct bug/character relationships which influence game play;
  • Unique and spectacular weapons, including defensive and rear attacks;
  • Six unique racing environments, each with branching courses and evolving tracks;
  • High-resolution graphics at 30 frames-per-second;
  • Multiple modes of play, including practice, tournament and deathmatch;
  • For the Sony PlayStation, two-player, split-screen simultaneous play;
  • For Windows 95, network play; native 3D hardware accelerator support, including Intel's MMX technology, 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics, Matrox Mystique, Rendition Verite and Direct X; as well as DirectSound 3D support and DirectForce support for force feedback controllers.

BugRiders: The Race of Kings is currently available for the Sony PlayStation and Windows 95, each at a suggested retail price of $49.95.

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n-Space Inc., located in Orlando, FL is a leading developer of real-time 3D action products. n-Space was founded in November of 1994 by the engineers and artists that created the SEGA Arcade game DesertTank while working for Martin Marietta. n-Space has also created TigerShark for both PlayStation and Windows95.

Headquartered in NY, GT Interactive Software Corp. is a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment and edutainment under the GT Interactive, Humongous Entertainment, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac and MacSoft brands, for personal computers and game consoles from Sony and Nintendo. A leader in value-priced software under the WizardWorks, CompuWorks and Slash brands, GT Interactive operates development studios in Seattle, Salt Lake City and San Luis Obispo, CA.

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