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WWII Online Finds Publisher
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We've been following the progress of this ambitious massively-multiplayer online game for some time, and are glad to report that World War II Online by Cornered Rat Software has finally found a publisher. This detailed, authentic simulation of the European theater of war will allow thousands to participate in massive battles on land, at sea and in the air. And, most importantly for us, it will be cross-platform for Mac and PC, as well has having reasonable system requirements.

The game has been picked up by worldwide publisher Strategy First Inc, and is due in the Summer of 2001. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Strategy First Inc., a leading worldwide developer and publisher of PC CD-ROM games is pleased to announce that it has entered an agreement with Playnet Inc. to publish the highly anticipated World War II Online throughout retail channels in North America and selected regions of Europe and Asia.

"Strategy First is very excited about this newfound partnership," says Steve Wall, V.P., Marketing/Business Development.  "World War 11 on-line is a visionary title that will set a new standard for online gaming. It is truly groundbreaking and we are excited to be part of it.”

Playnet Inc.’s President & CEO Jim Mesteller remarked, "We were very careful in sorting through possible publishers for our first premium gaming title.  After meeting and working with the team from Strategy First, our decision was easy.  This is a good fit.  In terms of our need to reach a wide audience, the extra visibility from retail channel exposure…by having our game on the shelves of software stores across the country and around the world…will bring us a much larger audience than would be possible by only distributing the game online.  Unlike many games, the world we're building works better with lots of people in it.” 

Playnet and Strategy First are eager to set a new trend in the industry by introducing the first truly cross-genre massively multiplayer online game.  The game offers players a combination of first person shooter, role-playing and strategy styled game-play in one title. 

Set in the virtual battlefields of the Second World War, players choose to join the Army, Marines, Navy or Air Force for a variety of countries on both the Allied and Axis sides. 

Unlike any game in its genre, players are able to tailor their game experience to a degree of detail never seen before.  Whether they choose to captain ships, command tanks, pilot aircraft or fight on the frontlines, they must gain experience by successfully strategizing their attacks and completing various mission objectives, before moving up the ranks.

The game is nearing public Beta for both Mac and PC; we'll let you know when the Mac beta will be available. Visit the WWII Online web site for more information, screen shots and movies.

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