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Tuesday, May 22, 2001

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Cornered Rat on WWII Online at E3
1:35 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new post to the World War II Online forums has been made by executive producer Al "Rafter" Corey of Cornered Rat Software. In the lengthy update, he details their E3 experience, which sounds to be quite a successful one. Apparently a video was on display for the first day, followed by a full demo for the rest of the show. Reactions from the crowd were positive for this upcoming massively-multiplayer war sim. Here's a quick clip covering the madness at the show:

Friday morning came and we rolled out a new build of the game for demos. We had three flat-screen monitors with CH setups that we constantly in use. At any time you would see 5 deep and 10 wide in front of the screen. Keep in mind most of these visitors were press or folks from the games industry. By this time many of our gang had lost or were losing our voices. You are forced to shout even when face to face to someone to be heard over the relentless noise of E3. Mo and I gave our first stage demo of the game. We followed Colby and Jerry from "Survivor:Outback" who stood around signing autographs and asking skill testing questions like, "Which animal is native to Australia... The Kangaroo or the Polar Bear?" Needless to say the crows was hungry for something with a little more substance when we took the stage. We gave our pitch only to find we ran out of time before getting through our whole presentation. The crowd for the demo was large and appreciative of our D&P.
Head over and have a read through the rest of the post for more info and even a few screen shots.

World War II Online is currently set for a simultaneous Mac/PC release next month. IMG reported last week that Cornered Rat was still very interested in the Mac build, and we'll hopefully be bringing you more details on it soon. The PC version is available for preorder, with a shipping date of June 6 (though such dates have been known to change often).

The game is currently in closed beta, but an open beta was supposed to occur before it actually shipped. As June approaches, this stress test seems less likely, though a later post from Rafter in that same forum thread indicates it might still happen:

As soon as we can post information about the open Beta, we will.
We'll keep on this, so stay tuned for more information about the beta (and final release) in the coming weeks.

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