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The greatest quest starts with Dungeons & Dragons® Heroes from Infogrames
Four Players Share The Danger
BEVERLY, Mass. – May 16, 2002 – The biggest Dungeons & Dragons® adventure ever to hit a next-generation game console comes to the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube video game system this fall with Dungeons & Dragons® Heroes from Infogrames, Inc (Nasdaq: IFGM).
“Dungeons & Dragons Heroes will take gamers on an adventure of epic proportions,” said Ann Marie Bland, director of brand marketing for Infogrames’ Beverly studio. “The heart of Dungeons & Dragons has always been the social interaction and cooperation between players to successfully complete their quest, and it is no different with Dungeons & Dragons Heroes. We’ve carefully crafted that element, allowing four players at a time to experience the Dungeons & Dragons world.”
Leading the design team of Dungeons & Dragons Heroes is multi-award-winning designer Brenda Brathwaite, who most recently worked on the critically acclaimed Wizardry 8. “What we are doing with Dungeons & Dragons Heroes is designing a game with a decidedly action-oriented flair that will be easy for even a new player to grasp but will immerse the seasoned D&D® player in an authentic D&D adventure that will give them the same feeling they experienced with the classic tabletop roleplaying game,” said Brathwaite. “Each new game will be a different and exciting experience depending on the mix of characters players choose to venture out with, giving the game great replayability.”
Anticipated features for the game include the ability to play as one of four distinct hero characters drawn from the main Dungeons & Dragons character classes of Fighter, Wizard, Cleric and Rogue, each with 40-plus combat moves and special abilities unique to their character; authentic D&D Monsters, many drawn directly from the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual; a Skills, Feats and Character Building system inspired by the third edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook; interactive levels spanning multiple environments ranging from a working forge to a magically suspended castle in the sky; and visually stunning spell and magical effects with weapon and magical upgrades appearing on the in-game characters.
Dungeons & Dragons Heroes is being developed by Infogrames’ Hunt Valley studio. The first opportunity to see Dungeons & Dragons Heroes in action will be May 22–24, 2002 at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Visit the Dungeons & Dragons Heroes Web site at www.dungeonsanddragonsheroes.com
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast Inc., owner of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) and a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc. (NYSE: HAS), is the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories, a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products, a premier book publisher of fantasy series fiction, and the owner and operator of one of the nation’s largest specialty retail chains. The publisher of adventure games such as the classic Dungeons & Dragons games, family card and board games, and electronic media products, the company also holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanics of trading card games (TCGs) and produces the world’s best-selling Pokémon* and Magic: The Gathering® TCGs. Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, London, Beijing, and Sydney. For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company’s website and electronic retail store at wizards.com
New York-based Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company develops video games for all consoles (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft), PCs, and Macintosh systems. Infogrames’ catalogue of more than 1,000 titles includes award-winning franchises such as Civilization®, Backyard Sportsä, Deer Hunter®, Driver, RollerCoaster Tycoon®, and Test Drive®, and key licenses including Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues®, Dragon Ball Z®, Mission Impossible®, Terminator®, Harley-Davidson®, Major League Baseball®, and the National Football League®, among many others. The Company’s Humongous Entertainment and MacSoft labels are leaders in children’s and Macintosh entertainment software, respectively.
Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) (Euronext 5257), a global publisher and distributor of video games for all platforms. In 2001, IESA acquired Infogrames Interactive, Inc. (formerly Hasbro Interactive), including its line of software based on well-known licenses such as MONOPOLY, Jeopardy®, TONKA, and Atari®, which are published and distributed in the U.S. by Infogrames, Inc. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.infogrames.com.
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