Star Trek Conquest Online Ships

 

FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Information Contact:

Michelle
Nino

Sr.
Manager, Corp. Communications

Activision,
Inc.

(310)
255-2508

[email protected]

 

ACTIVISION
TAKES STRATEGY GAMERS TO THE INTERNET AND BEYOND IN STAR TREK® CONQUEST
ONLINE

 

First
Star Trek Online Game Hits Retail Shelves

 

Santa
Monica, CA – June 12, 2000 – Strategy gamers and Trekkers can test
their
skills of mind and might in Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Star
Trek
ConQuest Online, the first Star Trek® game played exclusively over the

Internet. The title delivers the characters, ships
and weapons from the
Star Trek: The Next
Generation® world to the PC in a strategic race to rule
the
galaxy. Star Trek ConQquest Online is currently available in stores
nationwide
for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

 

"Star
Trek ConQuest Online marks a turning point in both the world of Star
Trek
and online gaming," said Michael Pole, executive vice president,
Activision
Studios. "For the first time ever, gamers will be able to use
the
familiar characters, ships and weapons from one of the most popular
television
series, Star Trek, to challenge fellow Star Trek fans in an
online
world full of surprises and endless strategy."

 

Star
Trek ConQuest Online is a turn-based strategy game that challenges
players
to outwit another opponent in an interstellar game of cat and mouse.
The
game is being developed by Genetic Anomalies, the talent behind the
highly
acclaimed online collectible game, Chron X(tm).

 

In
Star Trek ConQuest Online, gamers assume the role of a Q, an all-powerful

being who is anxious to reign most clever amongst
a bevy of other Qs. Each
player manipulates
their group of collectible pieces, striving to outwit
the
competition and emerge victorious.

 

Players
start off with a pre-determined set of pieces, constructed from a
group
of more than 150 characters, weapons and ships, each with varying
abilities
and value. Each player uses their pieces to gain control of
planets,
as well as to attack and fend off their opponent’s pieces. A
player
wins by seizing control of the challenger’s home planet and capturing
their
Q or by holding off their opponent for long enough to win by racking
up
points.

 

During
each turn, the player "deploys" a piece, or a combination of pieces

in an attempt to gain advantage over their
opponent. Types of pieces in the
game
include: character pieces (like Picard and Riker), ship pieces (like
the
U.S.S. Enterprise and a Borg Cube), and weapon pieces (like phasers and

Bat’leths). Players can gain advantage by
strategically combining available
pieces
into compatible sets. Players can add to their arsenal by purchasing
additional
pieces (at stores or via download), or by trading pieces with
other
players. These "virtual game pieces" are collectible and have real

monetary value. Genetic Anomalies’ patented
Collectible Bits(tm) technology
ensures
secure and safe ownership.

 

 

Minimum
system requirements include a Pentium 75 with 16 MB Ram, Windows®
95/98/2000,
, 800 x 600 display with 16-bit color and an Internet
connection.
Star Trek ConQuest Online will be rated "E" ("Everyone" –

content suitable for persons ages six and older)
by the ESRB.

 

For
all of the latest Star Trek news and information, visit the official
Internet
home of Star Trek at www.startrek.com.

 

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Pictures,
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as
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Entertainment Group, is a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. To learn more
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Genetic
Anomalies, Inc. ( http://www.GeneticAnomalies.com ), a division of
THQ,
Inc., is an Internet Entertainment Studio located in Lexington,
Massachusetts.
Genetic Anomalies is a pioneer in online gaming, bringing
novel
Internet technologies and innovative product designs into the emerging
Internet
entertainment marketplace.

 

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 $572
million
for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000.

 

Activision
maintains operations in the US, 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 http://www.activision.com.

 

The
statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are
"forward-looking
statements." The Company cautions readers of this press
release
that a number of important factors could cause Activision’s actual
future
results to differ materially from those expressed in any such
forward-looking
statements. These important factors, and other factors that
could
affect Activision, are described in Activision’s Annual Report on Form
10-K
for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999, which was filed with the United
States Securities and Exchange Commission.  Readers of this press
release
are referred to such filings.

 

Genetic
Anomalies is a registered service mark of THQ Inc. Collectible
Bits(tm)
is a trademark of THQ Inc. Genetic Anomalies Patent Pending
Collectible
Bits Virtual Property Technology.

 

Star
Trek and related marks *, * and * 2000 Paramount Pictures. All Rights

Reserved.

 

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________________

Chase
Wang

Activision,
Inc.

phone
: 310.255.2213

fax
: 310.255.2126

[email protected]