Empire of the Ants Goes Gold

For Immediate Release

Find out what all the
ANTicipation is about Empire of the Ants Goes Gold

Montreal, Quebec. June 29th, 2001
– Strategy First Inc. (www.strategyfirst.com) and Microids (www.microids.com)
are pleased to announce that Empire of the Ants has gone gold!

"Since its American debut at
the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year, "says Steven Milburn,
Marketing Manager for Strategy First, "we have had great feedback on the
game. We are looking forward to it shipping to North American gamers next month.
It has done well in Europe and we’re confident that players here will find it a
refreshing twist to the strategy genre as well."

About Empire of the Ants

Empire of the Ants is a real-time
strategy game based on the best-selling novel of the same name, written by
Bernard Werber. Players will be exposed to the beautiful, microscopic world of
the ants as it comes to life with real-time 3D multiple camera angles and in and
out zooms. Players will take on the role of an up-and-coming ant commander that
has been given the task to oversee the welfare and expansion of a colony of
russet ants. Each player must build up their forces, guard their anthill,
collect food and building materials, and maintain and grow their colony of ants.

This title features extraordinary AI
that replicates the instincts of each insect and faithfully reproduces more than
60 different species of insect and animal to exploit and engage in battle.
Multiplayer mode allows for up to 8 players over LAN or Internet to take part in
multiplayer skirmishes with a wealth of options and play styles. The North
America version of Empire of the Ants has new features such as; new units to
command, new enemies to conquer and new lands to explore.

See what all the ANTicipation is
over when Empire of the Ants is released July 10th, 2001.

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,
MICRODS 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, MICRODS ITALIA, then MICRODS LTD
UK and MICRODS 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.


Christina Ginger
Public Relations Manager
Strategy First Inc.
147 St. Paul W. Suite 300
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1Z5
(514) 844-3040
[email protected]