Thousands Invited to Beta-Test Empire Earth: The Art of
Open Beta Coming Monday, August 5th Gives Gamers Opportunity to Preview this
Holiday's Hottest Expansion Pack
BELLEVUE, WA (August 1, 2002) - Sierra(tm) Entertainment Inc, a studio of the
Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, and MadDoc Software today
announced that starting Monday, August 5th, thousands of gamers will have the
opportunity to participate in the public beta test for Empire Earth(tm): The Art
of Conquest(tm), their upcoming expansion pack for last year's runaway hit
real-time strategy game, Empire Earth. The beta test program will focus on
multiplayer play balancing and load testing to ensure the best possible launch
for the ambitious expansion pack.
On Monday, a special beta version of Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest will
be available for download via Sierra's FTP servers. Gamers interested in
participating in the beta test will be able to play a single multiplayer map
through all 15 of the expansion pack's ages and test out the new units, powers,
and buildings being added to Empire Earth. The beta will also include a sneak
preview of the new multiplayer interface built for Empire Earth that is designed
to make Internet gaming easier and more fun for gamers of all skill levels.
More information about Empire Earth and the beta test program can be found at
http://www.empireearth.com/. The game
is scheduled for release this Fall.
Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest includes three new single-player campaigns
set in ancient Rome, the Pacific Theater of World War II, and Asia in the 22nd
century. In addition, each of the 21 pre-designed civilizations in the game
gains a unique special power, building, or unit. Examples include: the Kingdom
of Italy's Metallurgy power, which allows them to pay building costs with gold
or iron interchangeably; Great Britain's S.A.S. unit will be able to plant
demolitions and swim across water; and the United States' market building will
allow that civilization to trade abundant resources for scarce ones.
In Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest, gamers can become the greatest
conqueror of all time by creating, building, and leading a civilization to
transcend the ages - from the discovery of fire, to flight, to the next
From Prehistory to the Space Age of the 22nd Century, Empire Earth serves up
gaming on an epic scale. Empire Earth and Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest
cover over 500,000 years of human history, from the discovery of fire to the
laser battles of the future. Each player takes control of a fledgling
civilization and strives to forge the greatest of all empires.
About Mad Doc Software
Mad Doc Software, LLC was founded in November 1999 by Dr. Ian Lane Davis,
formerly Techical Director at Activision's Santa Monica studio. Mad Doc is
comprised of developers with a wealth of game experience, having been key
players on such games as Dark Reign, Battlezone, Civilization: Call To Power,
Star Trek: Armada, System Shock, Thief, Flight Unlimited, Thief 2: The Metal
Age, System Shock 2, and Flight Unlimited II. The experience, drive,
professionalism, and creativity of the Mad Doc team is now focused on developing
the next generation of ground-breaking games - a commitment that places it
squarely at the leading edge of the game industry.
Sierra Entertainment, Inc., http://www.sierra.com,
a studio of the Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, is one of the
original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive
entertainment software. Based in Bellevue, WA, Sierra is renowned for releasing
critically acclaimed and award winning titles that represent a wide variety of
computer entertainment on game consoles and PC platforms.