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20, 2000 – Cambridge, MA IMPRESSIONS GAMES OPENS ZEUS OFFICIAL EXPANSION:
POSEIDON OPEN BETA APPLICATIONS
program gives hundreds chance to play early release version. Impressions Games
(http://www.impressionsgames.com) today opened applications for the beta
program for their upcoming strategy game, Zeus Official Expansion: Poseidon,
an add-on for their latest city-building hit: Zeus: Master of Olympus. The
open beta begins May 18th, and up to 250 testers will be selected from those
who sign up at http://beta.impressionsgames.com/poseidon/.
testers must already own the North American version of Zeus: Master of
Olympus. Selection for the beta test is based on a variety of criteria: system
specs, experience with other Impressions Games products, and skill in
documenting suggestions and communicating them clearly. Contributing beta
testers will receive not only pre-release builds of the game for testing and
evaluation, but also boxed copies when the game is finished. Selected testers
will be notified on May 1, and required to sign and return a standard
Non-Disclosure Agreement. Poseidon expands the scope of Impressions Games’
city-building hit, Zeus: Master of Olympus to cover more of the ancient world.
In Poseidon, players will build and rule the fabled cities of Atlantis, a
kingdom of science and technology. They will mine the mysterious mineral
"orichalc," establish colonies in ancient Americas, Africa, Europe,
and Asia, and trade with ancient civilizations. New industries, massive
monuments, and characters unique to Atlantis expand the city-building
experience presented in Zeus: Master of Olympus. Never-before seen gods,
monsters, and heroes help tell the tale as players build Atlantis into a
mighty kingdom. Players will also be able to create their own adventures in
Greece or Atlantis with a powerful, yet easy-to-use Adventure Editor.
with strategy gamers of all skill level in mind, Zeus: Master of Olympus makes
it simple to get a city built and running smoothly. But running the city is
only a part of mastering Zeus. Players have to contend with driven deities who
can appear in the city to cause happiness or havoc. Famous heroes wander the
countryside, and can be summoned when their help is needed. Players must
defend their cities from hostile invaders, monsters, and other Greek cities.
Mixing the historical with the mythological, Zeus is divided into quests and
objectives that can be completed in about an hour, making it the ideal
diversion for both moderate gamers and hardcore strategists alike.
Games has been a leading developer of strategy games for over ten years, with
offices in Cambridge, MA. Impressions Games has created some of the most
innovative, best-selling titles in the interactive entertainment industry,
including the Lords of the Realm( series, Lords of Magic(, Robert E. Lee:
Civil War General(, Civil War Generals 2: Grant, Lee, Sherman(, and the
Impressions’ City Building Series(tm) which is comprised of the Caesar(tm)
line of games, Pharaoh(tm), Pharaoh Official Expansion: Cleopatra(tm), Zeus(tm):
Master of Olympus(tm), and now Poseidon(tm). More information can be found at http://www.impressionsgames.com.
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