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Empire of the Ants marches into stores nationwide

by Rainier on July 10, 2001 @ 7:10 p.m. PDT

The ANTicipation is over…Strategy First Inc. and Microids announce today that Empire of the Ants has shipped to retail stores across North America and will be available in stores nationwide in days to come.

ITCHING FOR SOMETHING NEW?
Empire of the Ants brings a refreshing twist to the strategy genre, immersing players into the microscopic world of the Ant Kingdom. Combining the need to build up huge colonies, lead armies into battle, hunt down food and breed to improve their numbers, the game put players into the role of an up-and-coming ant commander who has been given the task of overseeing the welfare and expansion of a colony of russet ants.

ENTER A NEW KINGDOM…
Superior AI replicates the instincts of each insect and faithfully reproduces more than 60 different species of insect and animal to exploit and engage in battle. Watch in amazement as the beautiful, microscopic world of the ants is brought to life in 3D graphics, with real-time 3D multiple camera angles and in-and-out zooms. For each mission, players are given specific objectives at the start of each level, which can vary from the collection of food units to killing the enemy. Multiplayer mode allows for up to 8 players over LAN or Internet.

Enter the fascinating world of all things “great & small”…try Empire of the Ants. For more information log onto www.microids.com and www.strategyfirst.com.

Empire of the Ants will be distributed throughout North America by Infogrames for a suggested retail price of $39.99 US.

About Microids
Founded in 1985 by its current chairman, Elliot Grassiano, Microïds develops and distributes video game software for PCs and games consoles throughout the world. In 1998, MICROÏDS opened a development studio in Canada (Montreal) where the company takes the advantage of both the experience and the North American “game” culture. The company undertakes the integration of its own distribution by creating successively a first subsidiary, MICROÏDS
ITALIA, then MICROÏDS LTD UK and MICROÏDS DISTRIBUTION FRANCE in 2000. Microïds currently has over 170 members of staff, 90 of which are overseas and has achieved a turnover of 14.88 Millions Euros in 2000, which 63% have been made from foreign sales.

About Strategy First
Strategy First Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of entertainment software. Established in 1991 and headquartered in historic “Old Montreal”, Strategy First has become one of the largest publishers of PC CD-ROM games in Canada. After retaining talent from Midnight Software, an award-winning development team from Ottawa, ON., Strategy First is poised to become a major force in the gaming industry. Best known for its Man of War series and Disciples: Sacred Lands, the company has also earned critical acclaim for its work on such titles as Steel Panthers I and II and Age of Rifles for Strategic Simulations Inc. Strategy First has worked with other leading companies in the software and entertainment industry; most notably, A&E Network, Lucas Arts, Cinar Films, Empire Interactive, and Strategic Simulations Inc.

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