Sierra Studios( Announces Massive Entertainment's Frenetically Paced, Real Time Strategy Game To Hit Store Shelves

BELLEVUE, WA (June 1, 2000) - Sierra Studios( announced today that Ground Control(tm) (, the debut PC title by Swedish-based developer Massive Entertainment, has shipped worldwide to retail outlets. Winner of IGN PC's "Best Strategy Game of Show" at E3 last month and nominee for The Game Critics' "Best Strategy Game of E3 2000," Ground Control is about to take consumers by storm with a technologically advanced real-time strategy (RTS) experience.

"Over two years ago we set out to create a strategic, yet fast-paced, innovative game that would appeal to RTS and action enthusiasts alike," said Martin Walfisz, CEO of Massive Entertainment. "We now feel though we've succeeded in creating this vision, as we start to see Ground Control achieve awards and accolades from the media and know that it's going to market with such extraordinary consumer demand."

"Ground Control has received unprecedented support worldwide from both its fans and the press," said Jim Veevaert, vice president of marketing at Sierra Studios. "Preorders have surpassed what we ever expected and we believe consumers have just set the stage for this game to make a significant mark on the gaming world. Fans can surely anticipate more top notch titles from this incredibly talented development team."

Ground Control combines classic strategy elements with incredible 3-D technology previously seen for action games. It focuses its gameplay on tactics, strategy, and the art of battle. The end result is greater realism, faster-paced action, and an unparalleled player experience. Played out through a variety of missions, players must take control of their customizable squads of soldiers, tanks, hovercraft, aircraft, and other units, as they fight for control of a distant world.

Massive Entertainment,, develops interactive entertainment products for a worldwide market. Since the company was founded in 1997 it has focused on creating state-of-the-art interactive games for PCs, consoles and mobile communication devices. The company today employs 35 people and has offices in Lund and Ronneby, Sweden. A new office will shortly open in Malmö, Sweden.

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