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Cavedog Entertainment Unleashes The Iron Plague Upon the Land of Darien.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 1999--

Expansion Pack to Total Annihilation(R): Kingdoms(TM) Features

Fifth Civilization; New Boneyards(TM) Cooperative

Multi-Player Game the Darien Crusades(TM)

Cavedog Entertainment today announced the upcoming release of The Iron Plague(TM), the expansion pack to the fantasy real-time strategy game Total Annihilation(R): Kingdoms(TM). The Iron Plague introduces Creon, an entirely new fifth civilization complete with air, land, and sea power. A DaVincian society whose precepts of science and technology sharply contrast with the magic-using clans of Darien, Creon feels the time has come to challenge the balance of power. The Iron Plague is scheduled to appear in stores in March 2000.

"We're continuing what we started in Total Annihilation: Kingdoms by immersing players in a storyline that's sure to have plenty of twists and turns," said Clayton Kauzlaric, designer and project lead. "We've created a whole new look for Creon -- a fifth civilization with its own personality, which should dramatically change the way the game is played."

Highlights of The Iron Plague include:

-- The land of Creon, a fifth civilization based on science and

technology

-- 25 new single-player missions

-- 25 new multi-player maps

-- The Darien Crusades(TM), the new online cooperative multi-player

game, available on Boneyards(TM)

-- The Total Annihilation: Kingdoms 2.0 update for faster gameplay

-- All downloadable units released to date via www.cavedog.com

-- New unit downloads and continuing support at www.cavedog.com

The Story behind The Iron Plague

In The Iron Plague, players discover something amiss in the land of Darien. Picking up where Total Annihilation: Kingdoms left off, The Iron Plague pits the monarchs of Darien against a new enemy. The dust has barely settled from the Great War in which Aramon and Veruna were victorious over Taros and Zhon. The recovery and rebuilding of ravaged lands are still in progress as people desire a return to normalcy. Bounty hunters in search of rebels stumble across a strange object in a remote, frozen region. It seems to be the body of a bird except it's obviously man-made. Instead of feathers and bone, it's made from canvas and wood. Strange wires, pulleys, and hinges protrude from the interesting machine. Brought back and examined, scholars conclude that surely this object never could have flown. But there are too many questions left unanswered. How did it get there? Was there an operator? Who built it? What exactly were its capabilities?

Aramon and Veruna are concerned for another reason. Could this be a new ally in the war against evil? Or has a powerful new enemy risen to vie for control of Darien?

Creon, The Fifth Race

Creon beliefs are strongly rooted in reason and science, with a firm basis in the idea that technology is the true path. Inventors, engineers, and masters of intricate work, they are repulsed by the use of magic. Content to study and create, the people of Creon enjoy their lives far, far away from the magic-wielding regions of Darien.

The Forces of Creon (five examples):

-- The Submersible - A small pedal-powered craft that travels just

underneath the surface of the water -- still visible to the enemy

and susceptible to fire, the Submersible fires small mortar.

-- The Barnstormer - A tremendously useful scout, the Barnstormer is

named for its operator -- daring pilots who have little or no

concern for their well-being. Weight limitations do not allow

weaponry of any type. Swiftness is its key to survival.

-- The Tortoise - A steam powered tank with a simple, primitive gun,

the Tortoise is topped with a tent-like turret sheathed in heavy

iron. It houses a driver and an officer who use the small but

potent cannon.

-- The Mechanic - The unit to always have on hand, the Mechanic is

skilled at repair and construction. He is also a quite capable

soldier.

-- The Bomb Sprinkler - Built like a modern lawn sprinkler, the Bomb

Sprinkler spins and sprays small but effective bombs when the

enemy draws near. This complex, rotating device has remarkable

accuracy.

The Darien Crusades

The Iron Plague will launch with full accessibility to the Darien Crusades, the new cooperative multi-player game for Cavedog Entertainment's online gaming community Boneyards. Over 170 new multi-player maps, a dynamic battlefield that updates constantly to reflect changes in the war, a personal profile section for each Boneyards player, movie and cut-scene presentations throughout the game, a distinct ladder and ranking system, automatic score reporting, and personalized arenas for chatting are just some of its many features. The Darien Crusades will begin an open, public beta in late December 1999.

Free Total Annihilation: Kingdoms Demo and Unit Download

Gamers can conveniently download and experience the free Total Annihilation: Kingdoms demo from one of the official links provided online at www.cavedog.com. In addition, owners of Total Annihilation: Kingdoms can periodically expand their experience by downloading a free new battle unit or multi-player map from www.cavedog.com.

Cavedog Entertainment

Cavedog Entertainment, based in the Seattle area, was created in 1995 by Ron Gilbert, Shelley Day, and a team of the game industry's leading designers, programmers and artists to explore interactive gaming and create new standards of fun. Cavedog Entertainment can be found on the Internet at www.cavedog.com.

GT Interactive

Headquartered in New York, GT Interactive Software Corp. (Nasdaq:GTIS) is a leading global developer, publisher and distributor of interactive consumer software. The company maintains seven internal development studios: Humongous Entertainment, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac, WizardWorks, Oddworld, Legend Entertainment and Reflections. The company has publishing operations throughout the world with offices in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Holland and Australia. GT Interactive's ecommerce system provides secure online transactions through each of the studios' Web sites and www.gtstore.com. GT Interactive can be found on the Internet at www.gtinteractive.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Artwork is available upon request.

Cavedog Entertainment, The Iron Plague, Total Annihilation: Kingdoms, Total Annihilation, Boneyards, and Darien Crusades are trademarks or registered trademarks of Humongous Entertainment, Inc. Other brand names and products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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