Contact For ION Storm:
Lori Mezoff/Audrey Mann
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Jenny Rosas/Linda Thurmond
Bender, Goldman, & Helper
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ION Storm Acquiring and Finalizing Development on 7th Level's Computer Game Dominion
Lead Designer Todd Porter to Complete His Graphically Stunning Real-Time Strategy Game Renamed Dominion Storm
Dallas, TX, September 10, 1997 -- ION Storm, Eidos Interactive and 7th Level announced today that ION Storm is acquiring and finishing the development on 7th Level's Dominion, now renamed Dominion Storm, a sci-fi real-time strategy combat game. The Dominion Storm purchase includes the license for 7th Level's TopGun technology for the title and the first mission pack. The game, originally conceived, designed and animated by two of ION Storm's founders, Todd Porter and Jerry O'Flaherty, while at 7th Level, will be co-developed by ION Storm and 7th Level under Todd's direction. Dominion Storm will be released at retail in January and published by Eidos Interactive (NASDAQ: EIDSY).
"Dominion Storm is a strong and addictive A-title and we are very excited to have it," said Bob Wright, COO of ION Storm. "The game will now be 'Stormified'...Todd, Jerry and the Dominion Storm team are adding a lot of finishes and refinements including brilliant new cinematics and a whole new CD-audio soundtrack by Will Loconto."
Dominion Storm, which has piqued the interest and admiration of the press and gamers alike, plunges players into a world of combat, conquest and colonization. Traipsing through and trashing terrain, ranging from icy tundras, scorching deserts and sweeping grasslands, players engage in futuristic warfare to conquer the Phygos galaxy. Dominion Storm features intuitive military-style artificial intelligence; 95,000 frames of pre-rendered animation that brings realism to the units and environment; a military hierarchy that allows commanders to lead their troops on multiple fronts and 40-plus missions to provoke and challenge players.
"This agreement with ION Storm for Dominion Storm and
the TopGun Technology is representative of our move towards strategic partnerships with
companies for our content and game technology," said Paul Bodnoff, VP of Marketing at
7th Level. "Dominion Storm is a great game that will be made even better through the
teamwork of our two renowned Dallas companies."
Gamers can choose to play as one of four powerful and unique species -- the intelligent and die-hard galactic Human soldier race; the predatory and aggressive alien Scorp race; the well-armed and compact Darken race; or the merciless and predatory Mercenaries. Each race offers players four customized infantry types, 10 vehicles from tanks to multi-legged HAWCs (Heavy-Armor Weapons Chassis), and 16 advanced structures, such as refineries and semi-conductor plants, to aid them in their quest for annihilation and domination while they build and defend their colonies.
Todd Porter, president of ION Storm and lead designer of real-time strategy game Doppleganger said, "Clearly, Jerry and I are very happy to be working on the title again and we can't wait to finish it and get it into the hands of gamers."
ION Storm plans to have a playable demo of the game on www.Dominion-Storm.com soon. The full version of
Dominion Storm features single- and multi-player modes and scenario editors allowing
gamers to edit maps and create custom missions. The game is scheduled to ship in January
to computer stores, mass merchandisers and other retail outlets.
ION Storm, based in Dallas, TX, is a revolutionary new computer game design company where the designer's vision is law. Led by industry legends, John Romero, Tom Hall, Todd Porter and Jerry O'Flaherty, ION Storm currently has four titles in development: Dominion Storm, a sci-fi real-time strategy game, Daikatana, a fast-action 3D adventure game, Anachronox, an epic sci-fi role-playing game, and Doppelganger, a real-time strategy game. Founded in November, 1996, the company will break down the barriers between computer game genres creating a more immersive and engrossing gaming experience. Visit their Web site at www.ionstorm.com.
Eidos Interactive develops and publishes interactive entertainment products for the PC, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64, as well as the Internet. Eidos Interactive is part of Eidos plc (NASDAQ: EIDSY), which includes Eidos Technologies, a software-based video compression and decompression company, Glassworks, a state-of-the-art post- production facility specializing in digital effects and video editing for the television and advertising industries, Eidoscope, an interactive marketing and website design firm, and an independent record label called Naked Records.
By leveraging its proprietary TopGun technology coupled
with its innovative Studio 7 production process, 7th Level (NASDAQ: SEVL) creates
interactive multimedia products for consumers and integrated technology and production
solutions for its strategic partners. Coming soon from 7th Level are Monty Python's
Meaning of Life, Raymond E. Feist's Return to Krondor and The Gatherer. 7th Level can be
found on the Web at www.7thlevel.com.
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