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New Futuristic Strategy Game Enlists Players
to Reconstruct Civilization Following Global Destruction

LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Electronic Entertainment Expo starting today, Blizzard Entertainment announced "Shattered Nations," a futuristic strategy game in which players must save humanity from extinction in a post-holocaust world. The game is expected to be available by winter 1996.

In "Shattered Nations," the Earth has become a graveyard for yesterday's aspirations of peace. Decades earlier, world leaders had been on the verge of signing the International Hope Council agreement, which would have united every major nation on the planet. Instead, one night of destruction replaced such noble ideals with the dismal reality of mankind scavenging for sustenance. In order to prevent humanity from perishing, players must maintain the basic resources needed for survival, while rebuilding society.

Says Allen Adham, president and founder of Blizzard Entertainment, "`Shattered Nations' begins in total desolation. Players must rebuild all aspects of the civilized culture they once enjoyed. Initially, players' only resources are simple units and crude weapons. As the game progresses, the population grows, the economic system expands and technological advances from the past are rediscovered."

Key features in "Shattered Nations" will include:
  • Full control over all aspects of a post-apocalyptic society while rebuilding humanity
  • Multiplayer mode supported via network, modem or 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.

"Shattered Nations" will be released in Windows CD-ROM format. The game is expected to be available by winter 1996 at most computer and software retail chains nationwide for approximately $50. "Shattered Nations" will also be offered 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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