Microsoft Internet Gaming Zone to Be Named Official Multiplayer Site For MicroProse Civilization II Multiplayer Gold Edition And X-COM Interceptor

Microsoft Internet Gaming Zone to Be Named Official Multiplayer Site For MicroProse Civilization II Multiplayer Gold Edition And X-COM Interceptor

REDMOND, Wash., May 20, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it plans to support free multiplayer game action via the Microsoft® Internet Gaming Zone ( ) for two upcoming MicroProse Inc. strategy games: Civilization
II Multiplayer Gold Edition and X-COM Interceptor
. Scheduled to launch this summer, the games complement the award-winning strategy games lineup for which the Zone currently provides matchmaking.

“Providing matchmaking for these games reinforces our promise to offer the best multiplayer titles to the Zone community,”
said Ed Fries, general manager of the games group at Microsoft.
“Civilization II and X-COM® gamers can expect to find plenty of opponents and enjoy tournaments, chats and other online events supported by our members.”

“We selected the Zone to provide matchmaking for our popular games because of the tremendous community that has rallied around the service,”
said Robert Botch, senior vice president of marketing at MicroProse.
“We’re marrying these hit games with the most active online gaming site to provide a common gathering place for multiplayer gamers who enjoy these products.”

About Civilization II Multiplayer Gold Edition and X-COM Interceptor

Civilization II Multiplayer Gold Edition builds on the foundation of Sid Meier’s Civilization II, one of the best-selling and most highly acclaimed strategy games of all time. In Civilization II Multiplayer Gold Edition, players will receive the classic Civilization II game, multiplayer support for up to seven players through the Internet Gaming Zone, and two add-on products: Conflicts in Civilization and Civ II
Fantastic Worlds. Competition has never been more fierce or worldwide domination never more rewarding than when playing with human opponents over the Internet Gaming Zone.

The fourth game in the X-COM series, X-COM Interceptor, combines the in-depth strategy of previous X-COM games with the action of space flight games. X-COM Interceptor allows players to take command of a handpicked, elite force that has been fielded to meet the aliens on their own turf – the depths of space. Players can battle swarms of alien fighters in a dynamic real-time 3-D universe full of asteroids, black holes and other deadly space phenomena. As X-COM commander, the player engages the alien foes from the cockpit of a cutting-edge space fighter.

Evolution of the Zone Continues

MicroProse is the latest leading game publisher to select the Internet Gaming Zone for free CD-ROM matchmaking services. Other publishers include Hasbro Interactive, id Software, LucasArts Entertainment Co., Red Storm Entertainment and Microsoft.

The Internet Gaming Zone has served Internet gamers since October 1995. In May 1996, Microsoft acquired Electric Gravity Inc., the original designer of the Internet Gaming Zone. The Internet Gaming Zone offers free membership with three components: free classic card and

board games, free matchmaking for retail games, and access to premium games designed exclusively for the Zone (connect-time charges may apply).

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