Darien, CT, September 16, 1998 -- Sure to break new ground in the video game industry's hottest-selling genre, the hunting simulation, ASC Games announces the launch of TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter for PC CD-ROM available this November. TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter will raise the stakes by incorporating the revolutionary Unreal 3D technology, the expertise of one of the nation's premiere media and entertainment companies, The Nashville Network (TNN) and ASC Games' Active Wildlife Environment (A.W.E.). TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter is being developed by Dreamforge Intertainment - the same development team responsible for ASC Games' critically acclaimed PC title, Sanitarium.
"Since TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter is using the most advanced 3D technology available, I believe that the game will not only appeal to the casual gaming market and the hunting enthusiast, but also attract fans of 1st person shooters and other hardcore gamers," said Steve Grossman, CEO of ASC Games. "With life-like 3D environments to explore, a vast selection of prey, and the ability to hunt with others online in tournament style play, TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter will provide gamers with the most realistic hunting experience ever."
The powerful Unreal Engine, developed by Epic MegaGames Inc., allows ASC Games to create the incredible Active Wildlife Environment in TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter -- adding depth and detail not found in other games. As the player scouts for prey, other animals indigenous to the environment such as chipmunks or birds, will directly affect gameplay by either startling the prey or distracting the player and becoming a target. Other TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter features include a wide selection of terrain types, seasons, maps and gameplay modes including training, tournament, Local Area Network and Internet play.
TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter players can hunt for nine different types of animals, including small game (rabbit, quail, squirrel), big game (deer, elk, turkey), and migratory birds (duck, dove, geese). Players have the option of using 12 different types of weapons, attachments, hunting gear and equipment, and for the first time ever, players will be able to flush out their prey with hunting dogs. Adding to the thrill of the chase, TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter will introduce animal "hit regions." For example, a player who takes careless shots may strike game in a less critical hit region, wounding the animal and causing it to run off.
"We're thrilled that ASC Games has decided to use the Unreal Engine for TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter. Ever since the recent success of hunting games, we've felt that the Unreal Engine could make this type of game so much better, now we're finally getting to see that happen," stated Mark Rein, vice president of Epic MegaGames, Inc. "By using the Unreal Engine for TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter, ASC Games will seriously raise the bar in the hunting game genre."
ASC Games is supporting the launch of TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter with an in-depth marketing campaign including extensive print advertising, online and in-store promotions and innovative merchandising utilizing the TNN Outdoors partnership. The partnership agreement with TNN - allows ASC Games to publish games under the TNN Outdoors and the TNN Motorsports license, enabling ASC Games to tap into TNN's strong brand recognition and its 74 million subscribers.
TNN is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Cable, is the number one source of country music entertainment, offering original concert specials, high-quality entertainment news and interviews, live variety, music videos, country lifestyle information, and exclusive sports coverage. Having celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on March 7, 1998, TNN is now seen in over 77 million cable television homes in North America. Programming for this 18-hour-a-day advertiser-supported service is provided by TNN. Visit TNN on the worldwide web at www.country.com.
About Epic MegaGames Inc.
Epic MegaGames Inc. is a privately held company based in Rockville, Maryland with a wholly owned subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Established in 1991, Epic produces, markets and distributes cutting-edge PC games. Previously known for Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball, the company is now best known as the creators of the hit PC 3D action game Unreal and the Unreal Engine which it has licensed to several top PC game developers for games in a variety of genres. Epic distributes its products directly to end users using the shareware model and through worldwide retail distribution with major game publishers. Additional Company information can be obtained through Epic's World Wide Web site at www.epicgames.com.
About ASC Games
With its corporate headquarters in Darien, Connecticut, ASC Games has quickly emerged as a creative force in the video game industry as a developer, publisher and distributor of products for the PlayStation and PC CD-ROM platforms. In 1999, ASC Games will continue its growth with products for the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast. Visit ASC Games on the worldwide web at www.ascgames.com.