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Friday, March 2, 2001
Geneforge Officially Announced
8:28 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

We've already reported that this fresh approach to RPG gaming is in development, but since author Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software took the time to write this nice press release, we thought we would pass it on to you. Geneforge will blend traditional RPG gaming with an open-ended sci-fi/fantasy world in which you create your own army and use it for good... or for evil. Spiderweb is known for epic, addictive RPG titles with depth and substance, and we have no doubt this title will be just as gripping as the Exile series or the dual storylines of Nethergate.

Here is the press release:

Spiderweb Software, makers of the award-winning Exile series,
Nethergate, and Avernum, announces Geneforge, their newest, most unusual
role-playing game. In Geneforge, you don't hire your adventurers. You build

You are a Shaper, a member of the most powerful and secretive of the
magical guilds. You have the power to create life and mold it to serve your
own needs. For millennia, your world feared and respected the Shapers above
all others. Their creations could go everywhere, do anything, all according
to the wishes of the Shapers, and no others.

If you need a servant, you have but to create it, and it will gladly die
for you.

But now the secrets of your people are at risk. Someone dares to try to
steal the power of the Shapers and take them for his own. He has committed
the ultimate crime: he has captured you, and he will do anything to get you
to surrender your secrets.

He would use the power of the Shapers to remake the world. The question
is a simple one. Will you fight him? Or join him?

Geneforge is an upcoming fantasy role-playing game for Macintosh and
Windows. It features beautiful 16-bit graphics, fully animated characters, a
fascinating and unusual game system, and the ability to create your own army
of lethal, totally obedient creatures. Geneforge will also have a huge and
open storyline, in which you have the freedom to choose your path and decide
how the story will turn out.

Spiderweb Software is a company based in Seattle specializing in fantasy
and adventure games. Geneforge will be available on CD-ROM. The tentative
release date is in the Winter, 2001 to Spring, 2002

The Spiderweb web page features several early-Alpha screen shots of the game in progress as well. Although Winter 2001 seems quite far away, we suggest you download and register one of Spiderweb's many RPG titles -- such as the recently released Avernum 2 -- and set off on adventure. We're suspicious the time will pass by faster than you think! Visit the Spiderweb page for more details.

Spiderweb Software
Spiderweb Software

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