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250,000 Copies of the Longest Journey Sold Worldwide.

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DURHAM, N.C.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--June 22, 2001

With the highly-anticipated upcoming launch of Anarchy Online, Funcom is proud to announce their critically acclaimed PC title The Longest Journey, released last November, has proven to be the best selling adventure game in years.

Since the North American release, 250,000 copies have been sold worldwide with 90,000 units being purchased in the U.S. alone. Along with this news comes a price drop in the U.S. to a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Funcom has taken home an armful of awards for The Longest Journey from the gaming industry with this title being voted Adventure Game of the Year in 2000 or Best Adventure Game by PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, IGN, GameSpot, and GameSpy among others. Ragnar Tornquist, the game's designer and producer, was also nominated for Excellence in Game Design at the Game Developers Choice Awards in March of this year for the story in The Longest Journey. While a trend in the industry has been to focus on hard-core, complex action, Funcom has proven that many players also seek a different type of interactive experience where the focus is on an in-depth story in a game that is relatively easy to play.

"With The Longest Journey, Funcom has shown that a quality game with a great story really appeals to a wide audience," Funcom President Andre Backen said. "It is still selling well because it is an intriguing game for both men and women who have never played games before, as well as experienced game players."

Despite a small marketing budget, the strongly held notion that adventure games don't sell well, and a "Mature" rating due to some strong language, Funcom has managed to successfully take The Longest Journey beyond the core gaming market. The game has continued to sell well even 8 months after the initial release. Amazon.com selected this title as one of the 10 Best Games of 2000 and The New York Times said "...The Longest Journey stands a better chance than any game in years of reawakening the adventure game in America. It also has the potential to pull in women without putting men off."

As a classic style "point-and-click" adventure game, The Longest Journey is more like the combination of a game, a book, and a movie, than just a game alone. Players explore an interactive 2D and 3D universe from the perspective of April Ryan, a young art student who soon discovers that there is more to her world than meets the eye. Players guide April as she talks with over 50 other characters to gather information, collects items and finds ways to use them in solving intriguing puzzles. Players also enjoy over 30 minutes of beautifully rendered, movie-quality video scenes that help to tell the story and serve as a conduit between "chapters" of the game. With over 150 locations across two distinct and detailed worlds, players easily become immersed in an exciting and original storyline.

For more information about The Longest Journey, please visit www.funcom.com or www.thelongestjourney.com.

About Funcom- As an international games developer and publisher, Funcom has offices in Switzerland, PC development and marketing in Norway, Xbox development in Ireland, and a new technical support and marketing office in Durham, North Carolina. Formed in 1993, Funcom is best known for The Longest Journey, voted Adventure Game of the Year 2000 by both PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World. Anarchy Online (www.anarchy-online.com) is the company's upcoming highly anticipated title. Funcom has had an impressive development track record producing titles for many platforms such as Pocahontas, Casper, Speed Punks, and Championship Motocross. With over 150 employees, the company now publishes and develops games exclusively for the Xbox console system and PC with a particular focus for online components. Tri Synergy Inc distributes Funcom products in North America. For retail information, please contact Tamra Nestler, tamra@trisynergy.com, (972) 307-1799 or Robin Frisby, rfrisby@mindspring.com, 214-827-8116. For more details about Funcom, please visit www.funcom.com or contact marketing@funcom.com or pr@funcom.com.
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