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Infogrames North America Ships Highly Anticipated PC Adventure Game, Outcast.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 19, 1999--

Infogrames North America, a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software, announced today that Outcast began shipping for the PC this week.

The eagerly awaited, graphically stunning and technologically advanced adventure game will be on all major retail outlets' shelves next week.

Outcast puts players in the role of Cutter Slade, a former Navy Seal assigned to lead a team of experts through a parallel universe and help stop the growing black hole that is risking life on Earth. Players interact with over 1,000 additional characters in a visually astounding parallel 3D world infused with crisp graphics, showing treacherous terrain and lifelike weather conditions. Adding to the excitement of gameplay is a proprietary artificial intelligence technology and an original music score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

The proprietary artificial intelligence technology, GAIA (Game's Artificial Intelligence with Agents), gives each character a unique personality and creates reactionary behavior, making them respond in a human way to the actions of the player. In addition, the game employs "procedural animation" to create realistic game character movements, a technique that blends two motion-captured sequences. Bump mapping gives characters' features and attire a more natural appearance.

To enhance the cinematic quality of the game, American composer Lennie Moore was commissioned to create an original symphonic score, which is performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

"The amount of talent and work that went into the making of this game is enormous and we are thrilled to be delivering Outcast to anticipating gamers," says Francois Lourdin, marketing director for Infogrames North America's Adventure titles. "We believe the gaming experience this title offers will fascinate hardcore and casual gamers as well as set a new standard for future adventure games."

Outcast was developed by Appeal and is available at an estimated street price of $39.99. It will be available at all major retail outlets including Walmart, CompUSA, Babbages, Electronics Boutique, Target and others. For more information on Outcast, Infogrames has developed a Web site devoted to the game at The Web site offers additional information about the game as well as a contest and never before done cinematic outtakes starring the characters of the game.

Infogrames is a global publisher of interactive entertainment software. Founded in 1983, the company ranks as one of the top entertainment software companies worldwide. Infogrames currently develops and distributes award-winning computer and video games for the PlayStation(R) game console, Nintendo(R) 64, Nintendo(R) Game Boy Color, Sega(R) Dreamcast(TM), and personal computer platforms. Infogrames North America's headquarters are located in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit the company's web site at
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