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Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Microsoft Signs Big Huge Games
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Microsoft has signed a deal with Big Huge Games to publish and distribute their future titles. Why should Mac gamer's care? Well, although it is too early to say for certain, the company that Peter Tamte announced at Macworld Expo New York is bringing Microsoft titles to the Mac OS, and now BHG's titles are Borg property. Tamte stated that his objective was to bring A-list titles to the Mac OS, and we're sure the games created by Big Huge Games are going to be spectacular -- what else would you expect from the former creators of Civilization II and Alpha Centauri?

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Big Huge Games Inc. (Big Huge), a developer of strategy-oriented computer games, that gives Microsoft the exclusive publishing and distribution rights to Big Huge Games-developed titles. In addition, Microsoft also announced it has made an equity investment in Big Huge.

Based in Hunt Valley, Md., Big Huge is a newly formed independent development studio founded by veteran game designer Brian Reynolds, whose list of PC game titles includes the revolutionary strategy games ``Civilization II'' and ``Alpha Centauri.'' Before forming Big Huge earlier this year, Brian was a founding partner of Firaxis Games Inc., the computer game development house led by legendary game designer Sid Meier.

``We are extremely excited to be working with Brian and the team at Big Huge,'' said Ed Fries, vice president of games publishing at Microsoft. ``This relationship reflects our continued commitment to grow our PC games business by working with the industry's best developers to produce top-quality games.''

Microsoft and Big Huge will work together to develop innovative strategy games for the PC platform.

``Everyone at Big Huge Games is ecstatic about our relationship with Microsoft,'' said Brian Reynolds, president of Big Huge. ``It's a great opportunity to combine the talents of two incredible companies. Microsoft shares our vision and passion to create the best games and will be able to provide us with the time and resources we need to focus on making great games -- and then make them available on a worldwide scale.''

If Peter Tamte's company is successful and is up to speed by the time their next titles are finished, we just might get to see some of these titles on the Mac OS as well.

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