Los Angeles, CA -- December 6, 1996 -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and id Software today announced that Activision has secured the worldwide rights to publish two official QUAKE Mission Packs for use with id Software's blockbuster 3-D combat computer game, QUAKE. The Mission Packs are being developed for id by Hipnotic Interactive and Rogue Entertainment, with id serving as the titles' executive producer. Activision expects to release both level packs for the PC CD-ROM platform in early 1997.
The release of the Mission Packs will closely follow the commercial release of the full version of QUAKE, which hit retail shelves last week. A shareware version of the game with the full version encrypted on the CD has been available in the market since September.
"We are thrilled to be associated with id Software on id's first two official QUAKE Mission Packs and look forward to establishing a long-term relationship with them," stated Bobby Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc. "These explosive QUAKE levels will wear out the trigger finger of even the most kill-crazed gamer as they tackle new enemies, weapons and missions."
"As a result of its strong retail presence, Activision has had tremendous success with distributing add-on packs and we look forward to the same level of success with our Mission Packs," said Mike Wilson, biz guy at id Software. "Hipnotic and Rogue have really outdone themselves with these level packs and the result is a non-stop bloodbath that will leave gamers crying for mercy."
Developed by Hipnotic Interactive, id Software's official QUAKE Mission Pack #1 contains 15 levels packed into three explosive episodes -- Fortress of the Dead, Dominion of Darkness and The Rift, as well as a specially crafted Deathmatch level for gamers with a quick trigger finger and lightning fast reflexes. The pack introduces some villainous new enemies including hordes of goblins and huge scorpion creatures that deliver a nasty sting.
id Software's official QUAKE Mission Pack #2 is being developed by Rogue Entertainment. Featuring 15 intense new action-packed levels, the title thrusts players into a variety of hazardous new environments where they must confront Electric Eels, the Wraith, the Phantom Swordsman and a host of other enemies. Four new weapons round out the pyrotechnic power as gamers grab hold of lava nails and plasma guns to stave off the onslaught of monsters.
id Software, founded in 1991, is a software development company located in Mesquite, Texas. id's team of talented developers continue to make gaming history by creating and publishing one sensational action game after another. Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, DOOM II, Heretic, HEXEN and QUAKE have created a frenzied demand worldwide and have managed to consistently break shareware and retail sales records at home and abroad.
Activision, Inc. is a publicly held developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for Microsoft Windows and MS-DOS compatible, Macintosh and other computers, as well as Nintendo, Sega and Sony PlayStation game systems. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London, Tokyo and Sydney, the company sells and markets products under the Activision and Infocom trade names. Activision's World Wide Web site is located at http://www.activision.com.
The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." The company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. These important factors, and other factors that could affect Activision, are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1996, which was filed with the United States Security and Exchange Commission. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings.