BELLEVUE, WA (August 23, 2001) - Sierra and Click Entertainment today
announced that they are looking for a few good samurai for the Throne of
Darkness(tm) Beta Program to help put the game's multiplayer feature to the
test. Be among the first to do battle against the demon Zanshin and his
horde of undead warriors!
The beta test will run from September 9th through September 23rd, 2001.
During this time Sierra will be monitoring the game's ability to host a
large number of simultaneous players. Beta participants are encouraged to
play Throne of Darkness online via Sierra.com for at least ten hours per
week, with at least five of those weekly hours taking place between 5 and 10
PM Pacific Time.
Sierra will select the first 750 qualified applicants to return by U.S. mail
the Throne of Darkness Beta Test License. This application, as well as
further information about Throne of Darkness and the beta test program, can
be found at http://throneofdarkness.sierra.com/multiplay-beta/.
Throne of Darkness is a new high-action RPG with a unique Japanese storyline
and groundbreaking multiplayer capability. The single-player campaign
includes ten gigantic levels, each with multiple side quests. Players manage
their party through a series of tactical "plays," - formations and action
orders that the party follows, allowing a high level of coordination between
the player and the AI-driven samurai. Throne of Darkness is scheduled to
ship next month.
Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com, a studio of Vivendi Universal
Publishing and part of its Games division, is one of the original developers
and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment and
productivity software. Sierra is renowned for releasing critically acclaimed
and award winning titles that represent a wide variety of computer
entertainment on both next generation console and PC platforms.
Vivendi Universal Publishing is a world leader in mass-market multimedia
communications. The Company has 22,000 employees and 300 brands in 40
countries and aims to become the unchallenged leader in each of its
operating sectors. VU Publishing had 2000 pro-forma revenues of 3.6 billion
euros. A leading publisher of online and PC and Console-based interactive
content, the Company's portfolio of entertainment software brands includes
Blizzard Entertainment, Flipside.com, Sierra and Universal Interactive
Studios. Interactive entertainment is one of parent company Vivendi
Universal's key content areas, along with Movies, Music and other Publishing