DARK REIGN EXPANSION DELIVERS ALL NEW CAMPAIGNS AND UNITS, TWO NEW ARMIES, COOPERATIVE MISSIONS AND ADVANCED MULTIPLAYER OPTIONS
Santa Monica, CA, January 9, 1997 -- The Reign continues with Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) upcoming Dark Reign Expansion: Rise of the Shadowhand, the all-new add-on to the highly acclaimed real-time strategy game. Currently slated for a March 1998 release, this Windows 95 title requires the purchaser to also own Dark Reign and is being developed and published by Activision, Inc.
Showcasing Dark Reign's powerful engine, Dark Reign Expansion: Rise of the Shadowhand features 18 single-player missions, over a dozen new units and all-new cooperative multiplayer missions that enlist players in a race for control of a newly discovered technology. Up to eight Internet players can wage war, choosing one of four fierce armies, including the new Freedom Guard Xenite and the Imperium Shadowhand armies. Gamers can shape the battlefield with real-time terrain deformation by building roads to speed access to vital resources or by creating marshes to bog down enemies. In addition, gamers can jointly change the course of the war by playing cooperatively against AI opponents. The game's enhanced construction kit allows players to create their own multiplayer missions.
Dark Reign Expansion will also feature the best player-created Dark Reign conversions -- conversions are new games utilizing the Dark Reign engine -- as well as the prize-winning mission and map from Activision's Dark Reign Mission and Map Building Contest.
"Dark Reign's revolutionary AI and mission construction kit put it at the forefront of the real-time strategy category," states Robert A. Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc. "With the addition of cooperative missions, deformable terrain, and eight-player Internet warfare, Dark Reign Expansion delivers an all new level of strategy to the genre."
Since its initial launch on September 17, 1997, Dark Reign has shipped more than 400,000 units worldwide and was released simultaneously in 58 countries with fully localized versions in English, French, German and Spanish.
Activision, Inc. is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for Microsoft Windows compatible personal computers, as well as Sony PlayStation, Sega and Nintendo game systems. Activision is headquartered in Santa Monica with offices in Madison, Wisconsin, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Australia.
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