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Return to Castle Wolfenstein Tops PC Sales Charts

by Thomas on Jan. 9, 2002 @ 6:13 p.m. PST

Activision, Inc. announced today that the company has shipped more than one million units of Return to Castle Wolfenstein worldwide, exceeding company expectations and making it one of the best-selling PC software titles of the holiday season.

The popular action game has remained the #1 selling premium priced PC title in the U.S. since its launch on November 20, 2001, according to NPD Intelect. In addition to strong U.S. retail sales, Return to Castle Wolfenstein topped sell-through charts in two of the largest European territories, the United Kingdom and Germany.

According to Chart-Track, Return to Castle Wolfenstein was the #3 best-selling PC title by units in the United Kingdom for the month of December and in Germany, the title was ranked as the #3 best-selling PC game for week 52, according to Media Control Charts.

``Gray Matter Interactive Studios, Nerve Software, and id Software produced a high quality gaming experience that is being well received by consumers and retailers alike,'' said Robert Kotick, co-chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc. ``We are pleased with the worldwide success of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, as well as the overall performance of the industry this holiday season. We expect this strong market momentum to continue for several years to come.''

Return to Castle Wolfenstein was developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios and Nerve Software and executive produced by id Software(TM). Gray Matter Interactive Studios is an L.A.-based game developer founded by the top designers formerly from Xatrix Entertainment, the developer of such popular games as Redneck Rampage and Kingpin. Co-founded by ex-id Software designer Brandon James, and veteran designer Chris Cummings, Texas based Nerve Software has stormed into the gaming spotlight with their development of the critically acclaimed multiplayer component of Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

id -- Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth -- has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D®, DOOM®, DOOM II(TM), QUAKE® and QUAKE II(TM). With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id's games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of their latest action titles, QUAKE III Arena(TM) and QUAKE III: Team Arena(TM). id's advanced QUAKE III Arena engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. Check out more about id Software at www.idsoftware.com .

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $620 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com .

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