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KING'S QUEST VI SHIPS GOLD; HOTTEST TITLE FOR CHRISTMAS '92 TOPS SALES OF ANY PREVIOUS SIERRA ADVENTURE

 KING'S QUEST VI SHIPS GOLD; HOTTEST TITLE FOR CHRISTMAS '92
 TOPS SALES OF ANY PREVIOUS SIERRA ADVENTURE
 OAKHURST, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- After duplicating a million and a half disks over the past two weeks, Sierra On-Line (NASDAQ: SIER) today launched King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow, with an unprecedented number of pre-orders, setting the stage for Gold Certification from the Software Publishers Association. As the newest member of Roberta Williams' award-winning series, King's Quest VI stands firmly on the cutting edge of computer gaming with 18 megabytes of fun, nearly twice the size of King's Quest V.
 Building on the success of the King's Quest Series, Williams expanded her offering to fans by developing a previously unmatched storyline with several optional subplots. "Players can take the easiest route to the end of the game, but they will discover less than half of the puzzles and regions," said Williams, who spent the last 14 months co-designing King's Quest VI with Jane Jensen (co- designer of EcoQuest: The Search For Cetus). Williams added, "Our goal was to make it easy for people who were beginners, yet include lots and lots of optional paths and puzzles for those who wanted more of a challenge." As in any King's Quest, saving often is safer than challenging the creative talents of the games' designers.
 A dramatic opening cartoon, which lasts two minutes, sets the stage for an adventure of a lifetime. Following the closing events in King's Quest V, Prince Alexander mourns the loss of his love, Cassima. A vision in a magic mirror draws him towards her, and following a near-fatal boat wreck, Alexander begins his quest to uncover the mystery of the Land of the Green Isles and the fate of Cassima. The plot unfolds as he learns of Cassima's pending marriage to the evil Vizier, the death of her parents and the oncoming civil war between the once-peaceful islands. Alexander embarks on an island-hopping adventure facing the greatest challenges of his life.
 The opening cartoon was rendered by Stanley Liu of Kronos, best known for his work in "Batman Returns" and "Lawnmower Man." Providing a glimpse of computer gaming of the future, its original 3-D-rendered design used 1.2 gigabytes of hard disk space. For the disk version of the game, it has been modified to fit on two high- density floppy disks. The sequence can be deleted without affecting the game and frees more than six megabytes of hard disk space.
 To insure market success this Christmas, Sierra has implemented a previously unmatched marketing effort for any product. The marketing plan includes nationwide retail promotion program and a comprehensive trade and consumer public relations campaign for Williams and the King's Quest series.
 In one of two unique marketing campaigns, Sierra plans to connect thousands of game players nationwide with their local radio stations. Players with sound cards hear a sampling of "Girl in the Tower," the love ballad, with prompting to call their local radio stations to hear the full song. Station call letters and request line numbers are provided inside the game box. Each of the 1,000 radio stations listed has received a copy of the song, making "Girl in the Tower" the first computer-game song to be played on the radio.
 Secondly, a limited-edition lithograph entitled "The Lord of the Dead" has been produced in conjunction with the San Francisco Art Exchange and will be available by Christmas. Each of the 450 lithographs will be autographed by Williams and sell for $300. For more information about "The Lord of the Dead," contact the San Francisco Art Exchange at 415-441-8840.
 King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow supports both 256-color VGA and 16-color EGA on the same set of disks. The game is shipping on nine 3.5-inch or eleven 5.25-inch disks. All major sound cards are supported. A 286 or better with a hard disk is required. Mouse is recommended. Suggested retail price is $79.95. The CD-ROM version of King's Quest VI with an enhanced opening cartoon, complete voice track and additional music, will be available in early 1993.
 Sierra On-Line, located in Oakhurst, develops and publishes entertainment and education products for home computers. It is one of the oldest and largest developers of home computer applications.
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 /CONTACT: Anita Greene, director of public relations of Sierra On-Line, 209-683-4468, ext. 504/
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