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Raven Software’s 3-D Action/Role Playing Game Hexen II Mission Pack Delivers More Lethal Levels, New Character Class Plus Killer Technology

Santa Monica, CA, April 1, 1998 -- Players can wreak deadly mayhem as a new spell-wielding character, the Demoness, when Raven Software’s Hexen II Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus hits North American retail shelves the week of March 30, 1998.

Published by Activision Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), the eagerly awaited add-on pack expands the original Hexen II’s beautifully rendered 3-D environments with 15 new levels that take players to the icy world of Tibet. Hexen II Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus is expected to launch in Latin America, Europe and Australia in early April. The game is available for Windows 95/NT and will carry a suggested retail price of $29.95.

"Activision and Raven continue to extend the Hexen II franchise with the release of Portal of Praevus", said Mitch Lasky, Senior Vice President, Studios, Activision, Inc. "The game offers players a thoroughly original and unique gameplay based on intriguing role-playing elements like magical spells, puzzle- solving and multiple character classes."

A 3-D action/role-playing game, the Hexen II Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus pits players against the ultimate nemesis, the great wizard Praevus, who plans to resurrect and combine the Serpent Riders' powerful souls for his own use.

In addition to the four character classes from the original Hexen II, players can assume the role of the Demoness -- a former minion of the last known Serpent Rider Eidolon, as they attempt to stop Praevus from raising the spirits of the fallen riders. As the Demoness, players inflict brutal pain and death on their opponents using an arsenal of new weapons, including Bloodfire, Acid Runes, Firestorm and Tempest’s Staff.

As they enter the game, players return to Eidolon’s Castle in Blackmarsh to investigate an endless winter that has befallen the world of Thyrion. The investigation takes players to a brand new mystical region, Tulku. They must bludgeon their way through 15 new levels brimming with malicious monsters, including two brand new enemies: Pentacles -- menacing rock-like creatures -- and Minotaur-like beasts called Gyagks.

For gamers unsure of their next move, the Hexen II Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus contains a new objectives function that provides tips on how to advance to the next level. Each hint is customized to the level of difficulty a player chooses at the beginning of the game. For example, the harder the level a player chooses, the less information will be found in the objectives.

The dynamic world of Hexen II is further enhanced with the addition of significantly faster loading times, improved velocity and impact physics, plus realistic snowstorm effects and highly detailed environments.

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Raven Software, which was founded in 1990 in Madison, Wisconsin, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. 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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