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Railroad Tycoon II Platinum Announced

by Rainier on Aug. 1, 2001 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT

High end computer and video game publisher GodGames, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. , today announced it will publish Railroad Tycoon II Platinum.
Developed by PopTop Software, the exclusive special edition, which includes the smash hit strategy-simulation Railroad Tycoon II, the critically acclaimed expansion pack Railroad Tycoon II: The Second Century, the official 200 page Railroad Tycoon II Strategy guide in electronic format, plus 50 new scenarios and a soundtrack with over two hours of original blues music, is scheduled for release in August 2001, for a suggested retail price of $19.99.

"Railroad Tycoon 2 was the first of the recent string of 'Tycoon'-game hits," said Mike Wilson, CEO of GodGames. "Railroad Tycoon 2's continuing popularity is a testament to its outstanding gameplay, and the broad appeal of trains and railroads to gamers around the world."

With more than 125 scenarios to choose from, gamers will test their engineering skills across continents and amid an ever-changing global marketplace. Among the new scenarios, gamers can tackle the Russian revolution and attempt to smuggle Lennon across central Europe and back into St Petersburg. Or they can replicate Andrew Carnegie's feats in building an empire of steel using monopoly control of East Coast U.S. railroads. Global campaigns throughout the world challenge gamers to re-create the greatest historical railroad feats with over 60 engines from around the world, including the French TGV, the Brenner 412, the 4-8-8-4 Big Boy and the Vulcan 240. The 50 new scenarios include a mixture of original ones created by PopTop, plus some of the best fan-created scenarios, chosen from over 2000 user maps created by RT2 fans since the game's original release.

"Railroad Tycoon 2 Platinum provides a lot of new content for players of the original Railroad Tycoon 2 games, and a great introduction to the series for newcomers," said Phil Steinmeyer, president of PopTop Software. "Strategy fans and train fans alike can get hundreds of hours of enjoyment out of this huge compilation."

Railroad Tycoon II received critical acclaim from the gaming and consumer press, being named as Editors Choice by Computer Gaming World, Computer Games Magazine and PC Gamer. Railroad Tycoon II received accolades from CNET, receiving the CNET Gameworthy Award and being honored as the 1998 Best Strategy Game of the Year award winner. Railroad Tycoon II has also been accredited with PC Game of the Year by Alta Vista's WildWildWeb.

Railroad Tycoon II Platinum also offers multiplayer options for play alone or against dozens of devious computer opponents and supports LAN and Internet play.

Railroad Tycoon II Platinum Features :

  • More than 60 engines from around the world, including the French TGV, the Brenner 412, the 4-8-8-4 Big Boy, and the Vulcan 2-4-0
  • More than 125 scenarios ranging from the building of the Transcontinental Railroad to supplying allied forces during WWII
  • Global campaigns include Canada, South America, Scandinavia, Australia, United States, Britain, Central Europe, and Africa
  • Sophisticated stock market with margin buying, short selling, and hostile takeovers
  • 200-page Official Railroad Tycoon II Strategy Guide in electronic format included
  • Over 2 hours of original blues music, over 3 times as long as any previous game in the Railroad Tycoon 2 series

About PopTop Software
Based in Fenton, MO, computer game developer PopTop Software was founded in 1993 by programmer and game designer Phil Steinmeyer. After working with New World Computing on three titles from 1993 through 1996, PopTop began developing Railroad Tycoon II in 1997. Released in November 1998, Railroad Tycoon II has received rave reviews from the press and the gaming industry and is a bestseller worldwide. In April 1999, Railroad Tycoon II: The Second Century, the expansion pack to the 1998 computer game hit, was released to stellar reviews. Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition, a complete collection of the Railroad Tycoon II series plus 12 additional scenarios, was released in August 1999. In July of 2000, PopTop Software became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO). In April 2001, PopTop released Tropico, a building-oriented strategy-simulation game, to outstanding reviews and strong sales. For further information check our website.

About GodGames
GodGames is a high-end computer and video game publisher located in Dallas and Austin, Texas. A wholly owned subsidiary of New York-based Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ: TTWO), GodGames specializes in delivering games from top independent development studios worldwide. GodGames utilizes the global resources of its parent company and sister label, Rockstar Games, to bring these titles to gaming enthusiasts worldwide on a wide range of platforms. Key titles include Max Payne, the Railroad Tycoon II series, Duke Nukem Forever, Oni, Rune, the 4x4 EVO series, Tropico, Darkstone, Age of Wonders and many others. For a complete title listing and further information on GodGames check our website.

About Take-Two Interactive Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor, and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation2 and the Xbox. The Company publishes and develops products through various wholly owned subsidiaries including: Rockstar Games, GodGames, TalonSoft, Joytech, DMA Design, Pop Top, Global Star, and under the Take-Two brand name. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Copenhagen, Milan and Sydney.

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