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Gear Pilots Can Receive Free Heavy Gear II Mini-Strategy Guide by BradyGames

Santa Monica, CA, January 12, 1999 -- Sci-fi fans can have an edge over their enemies instantly when they purchase Heavy Gear II, Activision's highly anticipated combat-simulation game for the PC, from From now through early March, Gear pilots who pre-order Heavy Gear II from Barnes & Noble's online store at will receive a free copy of BradyGames' Heavy Gear II mini-strategy guide. More information about this special promotion can be found on the Heavy Gear II Web site located at Activision expects to release the game in Q1 1999.

Heavy Gear II enlists players as the leader of an elite strike force that operates behind the enemy lines of a distant planet. Piloting some of the most superior mechanized units ever created, players embark on a series of covert missions to reconnoiter, destroy, sabotage and mislead enemy forces. They can also send complex commands to squad mates, use diversionary tactics to ambush enemies and travel across diverse multiplayer environments such as space, swamps, arctic zones, volcanic areas and urban base sites, as they wage war against sophisticated enemies that will adapt to squad tactics and lay down cover fire to protect each other.

Powered by a completely new game engine, Heavy Gear II delivers lightning fast action and realistic, complex battlefields that include more vehicles and structures, indoor fighting and realistic weather and effects.

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Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for personal computers and advanced console game systems such as the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $260 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998.

Activision maintains publishing and development operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, and distribution subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and Germany.

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." The company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. These important factors, and other factors that could affect Activision, are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998, which was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings.

Heavy Gear II 1998 Dream Pod 9, Inc. and Target Games, AB. Based on the Heavy Gear universe created and owned by Dream Pod 9, Inc. Activision is a registered trademark of Activision, Inc. 1998 Activision, Inc. All rights reserved.

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