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Maker of Award-Winning Warcraft Series Introduces New RPG
in Which Supernatural Forces and Demonic Creatures Await Players
as They Descend Into an Evil Underworld

LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Electronic Entertainment Expo starting today, Blizzard Entertainment announced "Diablo," a new role-playing game in which players descend into a sinister underworld filled with supernatural forces and demonic creatures. The game is expected to be available by spring 1996.

"Diablo" transports players to a medieval village plagued with evil and darkness. In a quest for vengeance, the central character descends into a crypt and expansive labyrinth hidden beneath the village. Game play focuses on exploration, conflict and character development as players travel deeper into the underworld's demonic halls.

Says Allen Adham, president and founder of Blizzard Entertainment, "`Diablo' will integrate intense game play with state-of-the-art graphics. We want players to really feel as though they are part of the game, so we are creating artwork and three dimensional rendered scenes that truly convey the game's dark and eerie theme."

Key features in "Diablo" will include:
  • A fully rendered three-dimensional, role-playing game of demonic horror.
  • A level-generation system that randomly places rooms, corridors, traps, treasures, monsters and stairways to maximize game play.
  • Multiplayer option supported via modem, network and direct link.
  • SVGA enhanced graphics with rich three-dimensional rendered scenes.
  • Unique "spawning" technology that allows two players to compete head-to-head using just one copy of the program.

"Diablo" is expected to be available by spring 1996 in Windows CD- ROM format at most computer and software retail chains nationwide for approximately $50. The game will also be available directly through Blizzard at 800-953-SNOW.

Blizzard Entertainment is a premiere publisher of next-generation entertainment software. The company previously served as the third- party developer for more than 30 entertainment titles. Blizzard's first game under its own label, "Warcraft: Orcs and Humans," won industry acclaim as one of 1994's best strategy games. Blizzard is an independent division of Davidson & Associates Inc. (Nasdaq: DAVD), a leading multimedia studio for educational and entertainment software.

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/CONTACT: Susan Wooley, 310-793-0600 ext. 245, or Linda Duttenhaver, 310-793-0600 ext. 230, of Blizzard Entertainment, or at E3: Booth #3324 West Hall/


CO: Blizzard Entertainment; Davidson & Associates Inc. ST: California IN: CPR ENT SU: PDT

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