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ORIGIN ships Wing Commander III for Christmas; Interactive movie puts Mark Hamill on the small screen.

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 12, 1994--ORIGIN Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), Monday announced Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, the latest installment in one of the industry's most successful computer game series, will begin shipping to retail stores the week of Dec. 12, 1994.

The Wing Commander series pioneered the concept of the "interactive movie," with compelling storylines, cinematic sequences, a stereo soundtrack and branching plots. Wing Commander III includes more than three hours of live-action video featuring an ensemble Hollywood cast. Game players interact face-to-face with such stars as Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: Generations) and John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), deciding what happens and when.

Players experience a seamless melding of motion picture filming techniques and cutting edge computer technology. The live action takes place before "virtual sets" and backgrounds rendered with Silicon Graphics workstations and state-of-the-art Alias 3-D software.

Wing Commander III will ship on four CDs featuring new, proprietary ORIGIN polygonal technology that makes the graphics burst into high-resolution Super VGA on some PC systems. Groundbreaking video technology allows for full-motion, full-screen playback of live action with television quality.

The plot

Through the acting talent of Hamill, you play the part of Col. Christopher Blair, a veteran pilot who has seen his share of victories and defeats against the tiger-like Kilrathi. As Wing Commander III begins, mankind is fighting a losing battle for survival. The Kilrathi have all but crushed the human resistance. You've been assigned to the TCS Victory, an aging spacecraft held together by little more than the good spirits of its haggard crew.

To advance throughout the story, you alternately participate in filmed scenes with other characters and fly seat-of-the-pants missions in a variety of advanced spacefighters. Finally, you must decide whether to volunteer on an almost certain suicide run to bring the war to a definitive end. Not only could your own life be lost, but the safety of Earth itself and the very future of the human race hang in the balance. It's your call.

Pricing and availability

Wing Commander III will ship on Dec. 12, 1994 with an expected retail price of $60 - $80. The game requires: IBM-compatible PC with 486/50; double speed CD-ROM drive; 8 MB RAM, 10 MB hard drive space; MS-DOS 5.0 or higher; 256-color VGA or SVGA graphics

ORIGIN Systems develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment software. To date, the company has released more than 45 titles, including the award-winning Ultima and Commander series of games. ORIGIN is based in Austin and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts.

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CONTACT: ORIGIN Systems

David Swofford, 512/335-5200
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