World War II Online Goes Gold


Immediate Release


commemorate D-day as World War II Online ™ goes gold


Quebec. May 23, 2001 – Strategy First Inc. (, Cornered
Rat Software and ( are pleased to announce that
their highly anticipated massively multiplayer online game, World War II
Online ™ – Blitzkrieg, has gone gold.


couldn’t be happier about World War II Online’s latest milestone, " says
Don McFatridge, President of Strategy First. "We have been looking
forward to this for some time now and are finally getting ready to bring this
extraordinary title to gamers worldwide!"


very proud of and happy for the CRS development and production teams and the
entire staff, “ said Jim Mesteller, President and CEO of Playnet,
Inc. “At the end of June it will have been just two years since we completed
the design and started development on World War II Online™. In addition, our
small but dedicated team have built out the infrastructure needed to support a
massively multiplayer title and launched a premium games destination site in The result of these efforts places the entire Playnet
organization in a strong position for the future.”


War II Online™- Blitzkrieg represents an entirely new category in the world
of massively multiplayer online games and is the first of multiple retail
releases planned to encompass all theaters of combat from WWII. It brings air,
ground, and sea combat to life in an online, persistent, and massively
multiplayer environment. Now you can command and crew a variety of accurately
modeled vehicles, aircraft, and ships or you can explore the world and fight
as a foot soldier in first person- combat with and against thousands of other


for release in June 2001, World War II Online™ revisits a time and place
where real heroes lived and died in one of the most momentous wars in history.
To enroll in one of the most exciting games of the year, visit


Playnet Inc. 

Inc is an Internet technologies company that specializes in design and
development of massively multi-player online games (MMOG) at its in-house
software development studio, Cornered Rat Software (CRS); and through its division operates an independent Internet-based publishing center
and interactive entertainment destination, that offers dynamic
and customizable global delivery of a channelized line up of e-content, games,
and advertising products through its own web sites and dozens of affiliated
game and content sites. Established in April of 1999 and located in the
Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas, Playnet is developing World War II Online™
as its flagship MMOG title by utilizing its own Unity 3D engine, proprietary
game systems, and network technologies. With these revolutionary tools,
Playnet is redefining the design and delivery of online entertainment.


Strategy First 

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 acquiring Micomeq, a game developer located in St. Jérôme,
QC., and 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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First Inc. 

St. Paul W. Suite 300 

Quebec H2Y 1Z5 (514) 844-3040 

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