Pre-Order Program Allows Thousands to Experience Revolutionary Real-Time
Strategy Game Months Before Release
Sierra and Stainless Steel Studios, Inc. today announced that the second
phase of Empire Earth's beta-testing program has begun, with tens of
thousands of beta CDs available at retail stores across the country.
Consumers interested in beta testing Empire Earth(tm) need only pre-order
the game at their local Best Buy, CompUSA, Electronics Boutique, Fry's,
GameStop, Software Etc. or Babbage's retail store. All beta testers will
get a pre-release version of the game, and have access to a private message
board to communicate directly with the developers at Stainless Steel
The first phase of the beta test, underway since mid-August, saw over 15,000
online applications. Of those, only 1,000 were chosen, but with phase-two
the companies expect to see that population rise to over 20,000 eager
Empire Earth is due to be released in mid-November. More information about
Empire Earth and the beta test program can be found at
About Empire Earth
>From Prehistory to the Nano Age of the 22nd Century, Empire Earth serves up
gaming on an epic scale. Empire Earth is an epic real-time strategy (RTS)
game that covers 500,000 years of human history, from the discovery of fire
to the laser battles of the future. Each player takes control of a
fledgling civilization and strives to forge the greatest of all empires.
Rick Goodman, Lead Designer of the acclaimed game Age of Empires(r),
catapults the RTS genre into a bold new era.
About Stainless Steel Studios, Inc.
Stainless Steel Studios, Inc. headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is
a game design and development organization. Founded in 1998 by Rick
Goodman, lead designer of Microsoft's Age of Empires, SSSI will produce
advanced real-time strategy titles for the new millennium. Goodman was the
winner of the 1998 Computer Game Developer Conference's "Annual Achievement
Award for Game Design and Development."
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.
About Vivendi Universal Publishing
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 - Games, Education, Literature, Health and Information.
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 activities.