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Roger Wilco, Space Janitor, Denies Rumors of Leaving Sierra; Space Quest star will be live on-line May 4 and is scheduled to make appearance at E-cubed in Los Angeles.

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 28, 1995--At a live press conference, attended by four reporters and his mother, Roger Wilco, Space Janitor, put to rest rampant speculation that he would be leaving Sierra On-Line, for the fame and fortune of the big screen.

The custodial champion of Sierra Space Quest computer game series promised to return in this summer's Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier. Wilco is reportedly turning down Hollywood movie deals worth hundreds of dollars.

"I just had to be me," said Wilco. "Sierra has been very, very good to me. I didn't want to disappoint anyone like I've done so often in the past."

Sierra officials expressed high enthusiasm for Wilco's decision. Space Quest 6 designer Scott Murphy stated, "It's good that Roger is staying, I guess. Otherwise, we'd have a whole lot of new artwork to do. Roger has become like second or third cousin to us over the years."

Wilco and Murphy will appear live on CompuServe Thursday, May 4, 1995 from 6-8 p.m. Pacific Time. CompuServe users wanting to chat with the Space Quest tandem should type "Go Sierra" and then choose Forums.

Wilco's press agent, Ralph Hurley, also announced that Wilco will make a special appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E-cubed) in Los Angeles, May 11-13. Wilco will be signing autographs (for a small fee) and handing out demo CD-ROMs of Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier.

In the Spinal Frontier, Roger adventures through the deepest cavities of space including Polysorbate and Delta Burksilon. However, Roger's journey not only takes him to outer space, but also through inner space. Roger is shrunk down to microscopic proportions and is injected into the bloodstream of Corpsman Stellar Santiago, a crew member aboard SCS Deepship 86.

The reluctant hero must traverse Santiago's bloodstream, passing through her stomach, pancreas, gall bladder and other vital organs on the way to her brain where the evil Sarpei is lurking, ready to invade Santiago's cerebral cortex and end her life for good.

Space Quest 6 will be available this June on Windows/DOS CD. A Mac CD will be out later this summer. The title will be sold through multimedia retailers and Sierra Direct at (800) 757-7707. The series, to date, has sold over 1,000,000 units and has received several multimedia awards.

Founded in 1979, Sierra On-Line is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment and educational software. The company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol SIER. Roger Wilco currently owns 2.5 shares.

CONTACT: Sierra On-Line, Inc., Bellevue

Eddie Ranchigoda, 206/649-9800 x3030 (PR Manager)
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