The epic battle between Orcs and Humans comes online

Irvine, Oct. 1, 1999 - The real-time strategy game that started it all is erupting into full-scale Internet warfare. Blizzard Entertainment® announced today that it has completed Warcraft® II: Battle.Net™ Edition, an updated version of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. The game will be available nationwide later this month.

Warcraft II: Battle.Net Edition brings its award-winning single-player action to an all-new multiplayer format over Battle.net, Blizzard's online gaming service, allowing Warcraft II fans to compete over the internet against players worldwide. Warcraft II: Battle.Net Edition includes the original 28 single-player scenarios from Warcraft II: the Tides of Darkness, as well as the 26 scenarios from the game's expansion set, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal.

Key features include:

  • Multi-player support for as many as 8 players via Battle.Net or IPX network.
  • Unique user IDs and a worldwide ranking system for challenge ladders on Battle.net.
  • More than 100 Blizzard signed and approved maps, newly built or redesigned and balanced for multi-player games.
  • Ability to automatically download new maps directly from other players or through the www.battle.net website.
  • Improved combat controls including hot-key unit groupings, improved auto-commands, instant event-alert centering and shared vision.
  • Blizzard's spawning technology that allows up to eight players to compete over Battle.net by installing multiple copies from the original CD-ROM.
Warcraft II is the continuation of the ruthless clash between the Orc and Human civilizations for the domination of Azeroth. As the commander of either the Orc or Human forces, players must successfully construct and rule their medieval empire while engaging in real-time tactical warfare over land, sea and air.

Warcraft II has sold more than two million copies worldwide and has won Game of the Year as well as Best Multiplayer Game. The game's expansion set, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal won Best Game Enhancement of the Year.

Battle.net provides an arena for Blizzard customers to chat, challenge opponents and initiate multiplayer games. Battle.net is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Blizzard charges no hourly or monthly fees to connect to Battle.net. Games playable on Battle.net include Warcraft II, StarCraft™, StarCraft: Brood War and Diablo™. Diablo II will join the list of games late this year, and Warcraft III will be available by the end of 2000.

Availability and System Requirements
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition will be available later this month for Windows 95/98/NT and Macintosh formats at most computer and software retail chains worldwide and will be priced under $20. The game is also available directly from Blizzard at (800) 953-SNOW and www.blizzard.com. Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition has received a Teen rating from the ESRB

System requirements for Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition are Windows 95/98/NT; Pentium 60 or equivalent; 16MB RAM; 80MB available hard drive space; SVGA Video Card (DirectX compatible); DirectX compatible sound card for audio; Microsoft-compatible Mouse; and double-speed CD-ROM (Quad-speed for cinematics).

For the Macintosh, the system requirements are MacOS 7.6 or higher; Power PC; 16MB RAM; 80MB available hard drive space; Monitor support for 256 colors and 640 x 480 resolution; and double-speed CD-ROM drive (Quad-speed for cinematics).

Best known for blockbuster hits including the Warcraft ® series, Starcraft™ and Diablo™, Blizzard Entertainment® (www.blizzard.com) is a premier publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes three consecutive number-one selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service Battle.net reigns as the largest in the world with millions of unique users.

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