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Westwood Studios Ships 'Emperor: Battle for Dune'; Epic 3D RTS to Hit Store Shelves This Week.

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 2001

The battle for spice has begun.

"Emperor: Battle for Dune(TM)," shipped today in North America, Westwood Studios(TM) announced, and should be fully distributed worldwide by June 17. "Emperor: Battle for Dune" is part of the EA GAMES(TM) family of games from Electronics Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), and is fully localized in English, French, German, Korean and Chinese.

"Emperor: Battle for Dune" is Westwood's first 3D Real Time Strategy (RTS) game and the sequel to "Dune(TM) II." Westwood defined the RTS genre in 1992 with "Dune II," and the company is now expanding the franchise into 3D with "Emperor." The custom-designed 3D engine adds beauty and depth to the gameplay and also allows the player to rotate and zoom the camera to better manage the battle in front of him.

"'Emperor' brings together the addictive and highly accessible gameplay of Westwood Studios with an amazing 3D engine that gives life to the world of Dune," said John Riccitiello, president and chief operating officer of Electronic Arts. "It's a significant milestone in a franchise that established the RTS genre with 'Dune II.'"

In "Emperor," players can choose to control any of three unique sides in their bid to control the empire: the noble Atreides, the evil Harkonnen, or the insidious Ordos. Each is equipped with vast armies and exotic weapons, but the battleground and keystone to victory is the planet Dune.

The side that wins Dune will control spice production and take the throne. Players will also wage war on four other planets, including the green, pastoral world of Caladan, the polluted wasteland of Geidi Prime and the icy orb of Draconis IV.

With "Emperor," Westwood is adding a new level of strategy to the RTS genre with a nonlinear planetary campaign that features 33 different maps and more than 100 missions. Players will be able to decide for themselves which territories to attack and defend. In addition, players will be able to completely customize their armies by forming alliances with up to two of the five subhouses, such as the Tleixu, Ix, Fremen, Guild and Sardaukar, in the game.

"Emperor" will feature enhanced play over a local area network and the Internet. Players can engage in fierce combat with each other or play through the full campaign cooperatively over Westwood Online(SM). A built-in worldwide ranking system allows players to track their victories and defeats against other Internet gamers.

Gamers can order "Emperor" online at www.eastore.ea.com or call toll free at 877/EA-GAMES (877/324-2637). Emperor can also be ordered from Babbage's at www.gamestop.com and from Electronics Boutique at www.ebworld.com.

More information about "Emperor" can be found at www.westwood.com.

Westwood Studios is a prominent publisher of best-selling PC and next-generation console games. Formed in 1985, Westwood Studios has released several popular titles including: "Dune(TM) 2000," the "Lands of Lore(TM)" series, the "Kyrandia(TM)" adventure trilogy, "Monopoly(R)" for the Internet, "Blade Runner(TM)" and the "Command & Conquer(TM)" product line.

Note: Electronic Arts, Westwood Studios, EA GAMES, Lands of Lore, Kyrandia and Command & Conquer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Dune and Emperor Battle for Dune are trademarks of Dino DeLaurentis Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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