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The Ground Control Saga Continues with the Official Expansion

SIERRA STUDIOS(tm) ANNOUNCES GROUND CONTROL(tm): DARK CONSPIRACY(tm) The Ground Control Saga Continues with the Official Expansion

BELLEVUE, WA (August 31, 2000) - Sierra Studios(tm) announced today Ground Control(tm): Dark Conspiracy(tm) the official PC expansion being developed by Chicago-based High Voltage Software, in conjunction with Swedish-based Massive Entertainment. Scheduled for release November 2000, Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy takes the action-intense experience found in the award-winning, 3D real-time strategy (RTS) Ground Control(tm), to the next level and offers all new missions, environments, units, and multiplayer modes. More information on the game can be found at http://www.sierrastudios.com/games/groundcontrol/darkconspiracy.

"Winner of IGN PC's Best Strategy Game of Show at E3 this year and nominee for The Game Critics' Best Strategy Game of E3 2000, Ground Control has set a new standard for 3D real-time strategy games with its stunning graphics, intuitive camera control, tactical gameplay and unique multiplayer modes," said Marc Tardif, brand manager at Sierra Studios. "We're confident that High Voltage will be able to creatively expand and build upon Ground Control, while also offering gamers something new."

Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy continues the Ground Control saga, following the story of Sarah Parker as she battles against the Order of the New Dawn. Dark Conspiracy will feature 15 totally new single player missions, never-before-seen environments and terrains, a third faction with new playable units, and additional Crayven and Order of the New Dawn units and special weapons. It will also offer new multiplayer maps and modes via Sierra.com(tm), powered by Flipside(tm).

Ground Control combines classic strategy elements with incredible 3-D technology previously seen only in action games. It focuses its gameplay on tactics, strategy, and the art of battle. The end result is greater realism, faster-paced action, and an unparalleled player experience. Played out through a variety of missions, players must take control of their customizable squads of soldiers, tanks, hovercraft, aircraft, and other units, as they fight for control of distant worlds.

High Voltage Software, Inc. http://www.high-voltage.com, boasts a resourceful mix of the gaming industry's brightest young talents and skilled, veteran developers. Imaginative design, powerful proprietary technology, and a proven development process have made High Voltage Software a fierce competitor in the entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, this Chicago-based developer has been crafting games for three generations of consoles and the PC. Some recent hits include: LEGO Racers, NBA Inside Drive 2000, All Star Baseball 2001, Quarterback Club 2001, and Paperboy 64.

Massive Entertainment, http://www.massive.se, develops interactive entertainment products for a worldwide market. Since the company was founded in 1997 it has focused on creating state-of-the-art interactive games for PCs, consoles and mobile communication devices. The company today employs 35 people in Malmö, Sweden.

Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com/ is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is a division of Havas Interactive, a global leader in interactive content, and is one of the world's largest publishers of education, entertainment and home productivity software. Its divisions, Blizzard Entertainment(r), Coktel, Knowledge Adventure(r), Sierra(tm) and Flipside.com(tm) are famous for releasing critically acclaimed and award winning titles. Havas has operations in the US and in Europe and is a subsidiary of the French publishing house Havas, part of Vivendi Communications.

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