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Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadowhand (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

Press Release:

    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.

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    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.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on May 17, 2004.

Inside Flaps:

    THE BATTLE FOR REAL-TIME STRATEGY SUPREMACY IS OVER.



    BUT THE WAR HAS JUST BEGUN.



    UNRIVALED MULTIPLAYER FEATURES

    Wage up four player battles on Activision's free online service.

    Battle up to eight IPX players or go head-to-head via modem.

    Share resources, money, units and intelligence.

    Determine the loyalty of fellow combatants.

    ADVANCED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

    Global AI detects tactical patterns and counteracts.

    Place a unit on sentry duty.

    Command a unit to retreat if hit or fight to the death.

    Deploy a unit to harass enemy troops.

    REALISTIC UNIT DYNAMICS

    Units travels slower uphill and faster on roads.

    Set waypoints for a single unit or an entire formation.

    Hide units in a ravine or launch an underground ambush.

    Climb to higher terrain to improve view of surroundings.

    REVOLUTIONARY CONSTRUCTION KIT

    Determine unit AI and set mission end conditions.

    Customize missions with units, buildings or objects.

    Create detailed playing maps of unprecedented size.

    Adjust elevation to bolster defensive front.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69643) on Dec 13, 2003.

Back of Box:
    ENTER A WARRING GALAXY AS EITHER THE FREEDOM GUARD COMMANDER OR THE IMPERIUM SHADOWHAND ADMIRAL. ENGAGE IN THE EPIC BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF A NEWLY DISCOVERED TECHNOLOGY WHICH COULD FOREVER CHANGE THE COURSE OF THIS MONUMENTAL WAR.

    MORE UNITS AND MISSIONS
    Wage war with over a dozen never-before-seen units which make up two new armies. Launch into 20 new missions in another devastating episode in the Dark Reign universe.

    ADVANCED MULTIPLAYER
    Link up viz ActivLink against eight Internet players, and choose one of four fierce armies!

    ALL-NEW MULTIPLAYER MISSIONS
    Play cooperative missions online with friends against AI opponents. Also features the best Dark Reign conversions and more than 100 multiplayer maps!

    DYNAMIC TERRAIN
    Now players can shape the battlefield with real-time terrain deformation. Build roads to speed access to resource supplies and create marshes to bog down enemies.

    ENHANCED CONSTRUCTION KIT
    Construction Kit enhancements allow players to create their own multiplayer missions. Plus, new movies and a new musical score with nine new audio tracks.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69643) on Dec 13, 2003.