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NovaLogic Intensifies Its Free Large-Scale Multiplayer Game Service, Novaworld, With F-22 Raptor Update.

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 1998--

Downloadable Update Improves Multiplayer Functionality and

Adds New Features to F-22 Raptor

NovaLogic's large-scale Internet gaming environment, NovaWorld, has been enhanced to supply F-22 Raptor simulation pilots with new capabilities and features delivering an even more entertaining and challenging multiplayer gaming experience.

With the new F-22 Raptor update file that can be downloaded -- free -- from novaworld.net, players can meet and interact with other players prior to joining an air war in NovaWorld's new chat area, the pilots' Ready Room.

Special chat sessions are scheduled, giving players the opportunity to talk to celebrity pilots, officers and other personnel from U.S. military branches and various aerospace manufacturers.

The feature enhancements to the company's massive multiplayer environment are part of NovaLogic's commitment to provide more product value to consumers beyond their initial purchase. In addition to the chat room, other services will be launched, including player competitions, contests, ladders and other gamer perks.

Future NovaLogic titles will also be supported on NovaWorld and provide the games with additional benefits beyond those included in the product box.

NovaLogic's strategy for NovaWorld is to utilize the gaming environment to deliver a unified battlefield where gamers can play multiple products within the same space. With upcoming NovaLogic product launches in 1998 and early 1999, different games will compete against each other in the same arena.

NovaWorld, launched in late-1997 with F-22 Raptor, marks the first massive multiplayer modern jet combat simulation gameplay over the Internet. Offered free with the purchase of F-22 Raptor, players can wage war with more than 120 human opponents in a single battle arena. Due to the client/server methodology and proprietary NovaLogic technologies embodied in NovaWorld, players will experience significantly reduced latency effects that are normally associated with Internet games.

Another standard-setting feature of F-22 Raptor's multiplay option via NovaWorld is the ability to join a game at any time, without disrupting other players. This also alleviates the inconvenience of waiting for opponents in order to start a game.

For the new update, NovaLogic focused on improving tactical elements within F-22 Raptor's multiplayer gameplay; adding new features; enhancing specific NovaWorld options; and implementing players' requested changes to the product.

Incorporating as many new features as a full-blown, shrink-wrapped product, the update provides F-22 Raptor owners with new game-like benefits without having to make an additional purchase.

"With the organic design of NovaWorld, we can constantly add and refine the multiplayer features and options for each new NovaLogic product. This ability supports our strategy to provide maximum product value to gamers," said John Garcia, president, NovaLogic.

"Our most valuable input about NovaWorld is from the players themselves. With the new F-22 Raptor update, we have incorporated many of their wishes and enhanced other areas enabling NovaWorld to deliver the finest large-scale multiplayer combat flight simulation experience available on the Internet."

Key feature enhancements and new options include:

Tactical Enhancements

-- DeathMatch Update -- In NovaWorld's DeathMatch games, players now have a greater chance of safely clearing the runway and proceeding to waypoint 2 to meet up with other gamers. Players are now invulnerable for 45 seconds after take-off.

-- New look-down map -- This new tactical map allows players to see where they are positioned during a game. Map objects include base locations, runways and other items.

-- AWAC color indication -- With this new feature, players can easily identify AWACs. The gamer's will show on the radar as yellow and the opponent's will appear as purple.

-- Clear target indicators -- Player's shootlist now shows on the radar as white circles around the current target. Other players have blue circles.

-- New base markers -- Base markers now appear on players' radar as boxes with "X" inside of them. This feature is an aid for bombers to identify targets as well as bases that the player must protect.

NovaWorld Enhancements

-- Players can now access NovaWorld directly from F-22 Raptor without exiting the game. This function is also supported through standard browsers.

-- Players can now choose sides and join up with specific teams in Raptor Air Wars (RAW) mode where players, as part of squadrons, must defend their own base while simultaneously attacking enemy targets. Prior to the update, players were assigned to the team with the fewest members making it difficult to plan fights against specific groups.

-- Server options now allow for GPS guidance for bombers in RAW. Players can select the ground targets and receive a cue to drop bombs instead of attempting to hit the target via sight only.

-- A new host option in RAW allows bombers to carry the standard two side-bay sidewinders for more extensive firepower.

Player-Requested Changes/Additions

-- Gamers have longer chat messages.

-- Planes now repair themselves upon landing. If a gamer lands the aircraft and stops, the vehicle's systems that were damaged will automatically be repaired.

-- By pressing the "P" key, players can see all other gamers in the current battle. Players can also scroll through the gamer names list by using the arrow keys.

The F-22 Raptor update and the NovaWorld Ready Room are available immediately to owners of the title and can be accessed free on novaworld.net.

Founded in 1985, NovaLogic is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for PC CD-ROMs. NovaLogic recently launched the "Lockheed Martin Fighter Series" brand with the availability of F22 Raptor which hit store shelves in December 1997.

The company also introduced several new additions to its "The Art of War" brand in 1997 including Comanche 3 and Armored Fista 2 - M1A2 Abrams. NovaLogic has headquarters in Calabasas, with offices in London.

CONTACT: NovaLogic Inc., Calabasas

Kris Kraves, 818/880-4997

818/880-3450 (fax)
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