empire Interactive proudly announces its agreement with Jeff Johnson and Jeff McBride to exclusively distribute the critically acclaimed Stars!

Germantown, MD - November 1, 1996 - empire Interactive announced its agreement with Jeff Johnson and Jeff McBride to exclusively distribute Stars!, the only full-blown interstellar strategy game for Microsoft Windows. Stars! is fast-paced and simple to play while allowing complex and clever strategies: build starships, discover and colonize new planets, research new technologies, manage the essential elements of world economies, defend the empire and destroy the enemies. Stars! also supports all modes of multi-player play. Stars! will be available in January, 1997 for PC CD-ROM.

Because a playable demo of Stars! is available to gamers via the World Wide Web, it has already received critical acclaim from the media:

The designers of Stars!, Jeff Johnson and Jeff McBride, are very happy to be affiliated with empire Interactive. "We believe that empires broad distribution network will lead to significant growth in the Stars! player community. We will still be able to maintain the close relationship with our customers while providing them with the many requested features and services that werent feasible had we decided to publish a boxed version ourselves." For example, there will be sound effects, music and a 3D introduction, none of which were present in the playable demo together with a 200 page manual and full color player aid cards.

Chris Mate, President of empire Interactive, added: "We are extremely fortunate to add a quality title like Stars! to our production schedule. The addictive nature of Stars! can only strengthen our already impressive fall line-up."

Established in 1985, empire Interactive is a worldwide interactive entertainment company whose top games include The Civil War: 1861 - 1864 and Dawn Patrol. Upcoming titles include Flying Corps and Mig Alley. empire Interactive also distributes Solid Ice Hockey and Extreme Street Hockey from Strategy First, a Montreal-based developer, Terry Bradshaw Fantasy Football by FSPI, the nations leader in the field of fantasy sports league administration software and the award-winning Battleground Series by TalonSoft.

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