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CYBERIA DEBUTS: A NEW INTERACTIVE HOME VIDEO; MOVIE SEES EARLY INDUSTRY SUPPORT

 CHICAGO, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Cyberia, Inc., a new Chicago-based publisher of interactive entertainment products, is readying production of its CD-ROM movie, "Cyberia." Set in the near future, "Cyberia" is the story of a world-class "V-Ball" athlete whose adventures both in and out of the sport's deadly cyberspace arena are controlled by the viewer. Production will cost about $1.5 million and release is due for Christmas, 1994. Initial industry response has been strong: one software distributor has already ordered 50,000 units.
 "Cyberia" players navigate through 25 sophisticated decision moments that are "remembered" by the game's software as the hero hurtles toward his fate -- will it be into the arms of his beautiful girlfriend, alone but with unimaginable wealth, or sealed forever in one of the rigid bodysuit prisons reserved for those who cross authority? Thousands of combinations of decisions produce one of 20 possible endings. An additional, unique feature of "Cyberia" is the V-Ball video game nestled within -- and coordinated with -- the movie. For instance, winning the game can result in the player moving into a filmed sequence that features the hero receiving a check for $1 million and exiting the arena to the cheers of rabid fans. And certain movie plot paths deliver the player to the game.
 Cyberia, Inc.'s president, Ryan Kuhn, said, "We're filming 'Cyberia' with multiple plot paths, then coding the paths on CD-ROM software for player interactivity on IBM-compatible personal computers. We also plan to distribute through cable and broadcast TV outlets, as well as through CD-ROM TV platform manufacturers."
 Gary Schultz, president of one of the country's largest electronic game distributors, American Software Distributors of Urbana, Ill., placed an initial order of 50,000 units of "Cyberia" after viewing early production results. "We're excited about this development. We think the entertainment market and PC technology are now ready for 'Cyberia's' sophisticated, film-based approach," said Schultz.
 The movie -- targeted for 20-45 year-olds -- is written and produced by Andrew Dahl, producer of multi-media presentations and TV commercials for Ford, General Motors, Bell & Howell and other major corporations. Dahl has won nine CINE Golden Eagles, four Addys, a Golden Globe and other awards for his work.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Williams or Ryan Kuhn of Cyberia, 312-871-7771/


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