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Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War (Windows)

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Press Release:

    MIND YOUR ELDARS!
    Mindscape's newest strategy game combines fantasy of Warhammer® world, Panzer General® II gameplay



    NOVATO, Calif. (July 23, 1999) - The Mindscape Entertainment unit of The Learning Company today announced that it is shipping Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War for the PC to retailers nationwide at an estimated street price of $49.99.

    Developed by DreamForge and published under the SSI brand, Rites of War is a turn-based strategy game that combines the fantastic world of Warhammer 40,000 with the award-winning Panzer General II game system, making it easy to play, but filled with deep strategies that are challenging to master. "A major part of the success of Panzer General II was that it was so easy to play," says Mindscape Entertainment general manager Chuck Kroegel. "This expanded its appeal beyond the hardcore strategy gamer and into the mass market. By integrating the Panzer II engine into the Warhammer universe, we expect Rites of War to have a similar impact."

    The integration of the Panzer General II engine into Rites of War will also make for more balanced gameplay between tactics and all-out combat. "The Panzer II engine introduces a kind of 'rock-paper-scissors' element into the game," says producer Garrett Graham. "Weapons and squads have their own inherent strengths and weaknesses, so the game doesn't become a quest for an 'ultimate' weapon or squad in order to win."

    Inspired by the board and figurine games made popular by Games Workshop, the universe of Warhammer 40,000 is a vast and violent one, rife with strange, alien races, including the Eldar®. The mysterious Eldar are all that remains of a once great and powerful civilization that once ruled the galaxy. They travel the stars in enormous spacecraft called Craftworlds, seeking the Maiden Worlds their ancestors created in ancient times.

    One such world is now inhabited by humans and possesses historical records and artifacts of great power far too valuable to leave in their hands. This once proud race now fights for its very survival, and must protect the secrets and power of their ancestors from both the Imperium of Man and the evil, bio-engineered Tyranids®, bent on the destruction of this fertile paradise.

    Rites of War features a tightly crafted storyline composed of 24 missions and varied victory conditions as you lead the Eldar in their fight for survival. Additional single and multiplayer scenarios allow for control of Tyrannid and Imperial armies. A glory point system allows players to build and customize their own armies, with 8 distinct troop classes ranging from War Machines to Assault Troops to Devastator Squads. A level-based experience system enhances the game's RPG (Role-Playing Game) element, allowing players to upgrade and customize units, enhance warrior skills and employ "psyker" (psychic) abilities. Combat units are now larger, 3-D rendered and fully animate when they move, attack and die.

    Contributed by skl (1140) on Feb 28, 2004.

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    Lead the powerful Eldar warriors in a desperate struggle for survival!

    Contributed by Gene Davison (730) on Sep 01, 2000.