ALAMEDA, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- MicroProse, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPRSD), a worldwide interactive entertainment company, announced today that the next PC CD-ROM game in the best-selling, award-winning X-COM series, X-COM Interceptor(TM), has mastered with an initial launch of 125,000 units shipping worldwide beginning June 15. X-COM Interceptor is the fourth game in the X-COM series, which to date has sold almost one million units worldwide, achieving status as one of the best-selling science fiction computer game series of all time. "Getting playable demos in the hands of game players is a key part of our marketing strategy," said Robert Botch, senior vice president of marketing at MicroProse. "By partnering our Internet efforts with companies such as Pepsi and Microsoft, our campaign reaches a mass audience in a direct and targeted manner." "X-COM Interceptor offers the best of both gaming worlds -- action space simulation and strategy," said Jason Henderson, product information specialist and game expert at Babbage's Etc. "The X-COM Interceptor retail demo has been flying off the shelf," Henderson added. Marketing and Promotions: MicroProse is supporting the release of X-COM Interceptor with numerous marketing programs, World Wide Web promotions and retail promotions. These programs include: Over One Million Gamers Sample X-COM via Demo -- Over one million impressions have been made through online sites, gaming publications and retail outlets via the X-COM Interceptor demo. X-COM on the Microsoft(R) Windows 98 Game Sampler -- The X-COM Interceptor demo will be featured on the Microsoft Windows 98 Game Sampler, an OEM CD-ROM and DVD product that includes both game demos and an interactive guide to the world of Windows gaming. The sampler will be available in July 1998. Exclusive X-COM Pepsi World Game Promotion in June -- Pepsi World, Pepsi Cola Company's entertainment-based online community ( http://www.pepsiworld.com ), has entered into an online marketing partnership with MicroProse which will highlight X-COM Interceptor. With over half a million visitors per day, the Pepsi World site provides a high-profile launch pad for X-COM Interceptor. The Pepsi World web page includes a downloadable demo and detailed game information. Contests and developer chat sessions are scheduled to follow in the coming weeks. Microsoft(R) Internet Gaming Zone Is Official X-COM Multiplayer Site -- Free multiplayer game action via the Microsoft Internet Gaming Zone ( http://www.zone.com/ ) will be available simultaneously with the release of X-COM Interceptor. Gameplay: X-COM Interceptor combines the action of space flight games with the in-depth strategy of legendary X-COM games to create a truly addicting gameplay experience. In X-COM Interceptor(TM), the player takes command of a hand-picked, elite force that has been fielded to meet the aliens on their own turf -- the depths of space. Players will battle swarms of alien fighters in a dynamic real-time 3-D universe full of asteroids, black holes and other deadly space phenomena. The strategy gameplay in X-COM Interceptor is similar to the previous X-COM games and includes a mix of resource management, scientific research and base construction and maintenance. X-COM Interceptor is the first X-COM game with a multiplayer game mode that allows up to 16 players to battle in a galactical "deathmatch" with customized space vehicles. Game Storyline: The year is 2067, about 17 years after the events in X-COM: Terror From the Deep and a full 17 years prior to the events in X-COM: Apocalypse. After the continued degradation of Earth's environment due to alien wars in X-COM: UFO Defense and Terror From the Deep, the human race resorted to searching for minerals and resources in far reaches of space. Once again, the future of the human race is in the hands of the Extraterrestrial Combat Unit (X-COM) which must fight the aliens on their own turf: deep space. Category: Action with strategy elements Era: Future Format: Windows 95/98 with DirectX 5.0 Min. Requirements: Minimum system of 133MHz compatible or faster with 3-D graphics accelerator or 166MHz compatible without graphics accelerator, Windows 95, 16MB RAM, quad-speed CD-ROM drive, 16-bit color graphics, DirectX compatible sound card. MicroProse, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for use on CD-ROM-based personal computers. The company has five development studios located in Alameda, California; Hunt Valley, Maryland; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Chipping Sodbury, England. Products are available nationally and internationally and are sold through major distributors, retailers and mass merchants. Product and company information are available for download from the MicroProse World Wide Web site at www.microprose.com. NOTE: X-COM is a registered trademark and X-COM Interceptor is a trademark of MicroProse, Inc. Microsoft is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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