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October 18, 2000

INTERPLAY'S BALDUR'S GATE II: SHADOWS OF AMN DOMINATES PC GAME RETAIL SALES

Irvine, California, October 18, 2000 - Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnTM, the eagerly-anticipated sequel to the award-winning Baldur's Gate, has achieved unprecedented retail success in its first two weeks of availability, as announced today by Black Isle Studios, the role-playing game division of Interplay Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: IPLY) and the game's developer, BioWare Corp. Since achieving full distribution at retail, Baldur's Gate II and its Collector's Edition version have combined to dominate PC game sales in North America, generating an estimated $4 million dollars between September 17 and September 30, 2000, according to PC Data, thus making BG II Interplay's best-selling PC title ever at launch.

Developed by BioWare and Black Isle Studios, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Baldur's Gate. This exciting sequel to Baldur's Gate uses the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons® Second Edition rules under license from Wizards of the Coast, and contains new monsters, spells, and areas to explore within the Forgotten Realmsâ campaign setting.

"We're extremely excited about the overwhelming response to Baldur's Gate II," said Brian Fargo, chairman and chief executive officer of Interplay. "Baldur's Gate is now firmly established as one of the leading brands in interactive entertainment, and fans of the franchise can expect to see a lot more in the future."

As a PC game franchise, Baldur's Gate has generated over $20 million in gross retail revenue in North America alone since the original RPG was first released by Black Isle Studios and Interplay in late December, 1998. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn continues the tradition in an all-new Forgotten Realms® adventure that takes place along the southern portion of the Sword Coast in the merchant kingdom of Amn.

The borders of this region include such diverse environments as the Elven forests of Tethyr, the Cloudpeak Mountains, the Drow cities of the Underdark, and the Capitol City of Amn, Athkatla.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn features an enhanced version of the BioWare Infinity Engine, supporting resolutions of up to 800x600, giving the player superlative graphical improvements and brilliance in a truly immersive world. The new graphics engine also supports 3-D Accelerator Cards, however they are not required to enjoy the richness of the Baldur's Gate II world. In addition, the entire interface can be hidden to allow full screen which will allow both novice and seasoned role players the opportunity to experience an even richer gameplay experience.

Also in production from Black Isle and BioWare is Neverwinter Nights™, which will bring the pen-and-paper D&D experience to the PC in a revolutionary way by allowing players to create their own modules, host those modules on their own server and even "DM" the game.

Wizards of the Coast, the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop role playing game categories, is a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products as well as the owner and operator of one of the nation's largest specialty game retail chains. Producing both the PokemonTM and world's best-selling Magic: The Gathering® trading card games, the company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games. Publisher of adventure games such as the classic Dungeons & Dragons games, family card and board games and electronic media products, Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world's leading fantasy and science fiction book publishers. Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, London and Beijing. For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company's web site and electronic retail store at http://www.wizards.com.

Black Isle Studios is a division of Interplay Entertainment Corp., a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for both core gamers and the mass market. Interplay currently balances its development efforts by publishing for personal computers as well as current and next generation video game consoles. Interplay releases products through Interplay, Shiny Entertainment, Digital Mayhem, Black Isle Studios, 14° East, is distribution partners and its wholly owned subsidiary Interplay OEM, Inc. More comprehensive information on Interplay and its products is available through its worldwide web site at http://www.interplay.com.


September 20, 2000

BALDUR'S GATE II SHIPS TO RETAIL THIS WEEK!
Black Isle Studios and BioWare Prepare for Epic Launch of This Year's Most Highly Anticipated Role-Playing Game

IRVINE, California, September 20, 2000 - Black Isle Studios, the role-playing game division of Interplay Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: IPLY), and BioWare Corp. today announced plans to begin shipping one of the year's most anticipated interactive entertainment releases, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnTM (BGII). This exciting sequel to Baldur's Gate uses the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition rules under license from Wizards of the Coast, and contains new monsters, spells, and areas to explore within the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. With initial shipments to retail stores beginning tomorrow, Baldur's Gate II may be appearing on store shelves as early as Thursday, September 21st. The earlier than expected release comes in the midst of record-breaking preorders and extraordinary consumer demand for BGII, the sequel to the top-selling, award-winning Baldur's GateTM.

"Our main goal in setting out to do a sequel was to expand upon the rich gameplay experience in Baldur's Gate by including countless new features that fans have been asking for," stated Feargus Urquhart, Black Isle Studios Division Director. "BG II promises a truly engrossing role-playing experience for the novice player as well as the returning fans. Shipping this game on Thursday will give them time to enjoying this epic role-playing game over the weekend."

"We're delighted that Baldur's Gate II is complete; the BGII team both here at BioWare and at our publishing partner Black Isle Studios have worked very hard for many, many months to make BG II a great game, and we're really proud of what they have accomplished," stated Ray Muzyka, Co-Executive Producer, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Joint CEO, BioWare Corp.

Scheduled for a simultaneous release with BG II is the Baldur's Gate II Collector's Edition featuring all of the extraordinary gameplay elements of BG II including 800X600 resolution plus completely new limited and numbered collectibles for Baldur's Gate fans worldwide. Among the collector's edition bonuses are four custom-made gold CD-ROMs featuring the complete Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn in specially crafted jewel cases. A special bonus disc contains unique weapons and armor to provide an exclusive gameplay experience, plus tracks from the original game's captivating music soundtrack. More comprehensive information can be found on the official Baldur's Gate web site, located at http://www.interplay.com/bgate2

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn is the latest chapter in the mythic saga that continues the much-loved Baldur's Gate storyline. The Forgotten Realms ® adventure ensues along the southern portion of the Sword Coast in the merchant kingdom of Amn. This region includes such diverse environments as the Elven forests of Tethyr, the Cloudpeak Mountains, the Drow cities of the Underdark, and the Capitol City of Amn, Athkatla. Developed by BioWare, the same team responsible for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II features an incredibly detailed design and story with a highly engrossing plot showcasing immersive environments and dynamic characters that will thrill and engage players throughout the span of the game.

Fifteen NPC's are available to join players in their quest, along with hundreds of completely new creatures and access to over 130 new spells. Hundreds of new items also add flavor to the game, including the legendary Holy Avenger and the venerated Staff of the Magi. Higher-level character development and the exceptionally diverse combat proficiency system will allow for an expanded skill set including Two Weapon Fighting and single weapon mastery. Over 20 new kits and classes have been added to the already extensive class list from Baldur's Gate to make Baldur's Gate II the most inclusive Advanced Dungeons & Dragons ® 2nd edition CRPG ever created.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn features an enhanced version of the BioWare Infinity Engine, supporting resolutions of up to 800x600, giving the player superlative graphical improvements and brilliance in a truly immersive world. The new graphics engine also supports 3-D Accelerator Cards, however they are not required to enjoy the richness of the Baldur's Gate II world. In addition, the entire interface can be hidden to allow full screen which will allow both novice and seasoned role players the opportunity to experience an even richer gameplay experience.

Also in production from Black Isle and BioWare is Neverwinter NightsTM. Published by Black Isle Studios and developed by BioWare, the game will bring the pen-and-paper D&D experience to the PC by allowing players to create their own modules, host those modules on their own server and even "DM" the game.

Wizards of the Coast, the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop role playing game categories, is a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products as well as the owner and operator of one of the nation's largest specialty game retail chains. Producing both the Pokemon™ and world's best-selling Magic: The Gathering ® trading card games, the company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games. Publisher of adventure games such as the classic Dungeons & Dragons games, family card and board games and electronic media products, Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world's leading fantasy and science fiction book publishers. Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, London and Beijing. For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company's web site and electronic retail store at http://wwww.wizards.com.

BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that produces interactive computer games, console games and video entertainment. Past projects include the genre defining role-playing game Baldur's Gate, a supplemental mission pack titled Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, and our recently completed sequel, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. We've also developed the critically acclaimed third person shooter MDK2, and are converting it for the Sony Playstation2 under the title MDK2: Armageddon. Other titles under development by BioWare include Neverwinter Nights and an untitled role-playing game set in the Star Wars universe. BioWare was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, visit the BioWare website at http://www.bioware.com.

Black Isle Studios is a division of Interplay Entertainment Corp., a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for both core gamers and the mass market. Interplay currently balances its development efforts by publishing for personal computers as well as current and next generation video game consoles. Interplay releases products through Interplay, Shiny Entertainment, Digital Mayhem, Black Isle Studios, 14° East, is distribution partners and its wholly owned subsidiary Interplay OEM, Inc. More comprehensive information on Interplay and its products is available through its worldwide web site at http://www.interplay.com.


September 14, 2000

BALDUR'S GATE II: SHADOWS OF AMN GOES GOLD!
(Black Isle Studios and BioWare Prepare for an Epic Worldwide Launch of the Year's Most Highly Anticipated Role-Playing Game)

IRVINE, California, September 14, 2000 - Black Isle Studios, the role-playing game division of Interplay Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: IPLY), and BioWare Corp. announced today that their sequel to the award winning Baldur's GateTM entitled Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnTM has gone gold. The game, based on the best-selling Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game from Wizards of the Coast, has generated record-breaking preorders worldwide. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn is scheduled to begin shipping to retail on September 26th.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn is the latest chapter in the mythic saga that continues the much-loved Baldur's Gate storyline. The Forgotten Realms ® adventure ensues along the southern portion of the Sword Coast in the merchant kingdom of Amn. This region includes such diverse environments as the Elven forests of Tethyr, the Cloudpeak Mountains, the Drow cities of the Underdark, and the Capitol City of Amn, Athkatla. Developed by BioWare, the same team responsible for Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II features an incredibly detailed design and story with a highly engrossing plot showcasing immersive environments and dynamic characters that will thrill and engage players throughout the span of the game.

Fifteen NPC's are available to join players in their quest, along with hundreds of completely new creatures and access to over 130 new spells. Hundreds of new items also add flavor to the game, including the legendary Holy Avenger and the venerated Staff of the Magi. Higher-level character development and the exceptionally diverse combat proficiency system will allow for an expanded skill set including Two Weapon Fighting and single weapon mastery. Over 20 new kits and classes have been added to the already extensive class list from Baldur's Gate to make Baldur's Gate II the most inclusive Advanced Dungeons & Dragons ® 2nd edition CRPG ever created.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn features an enhanced version of the BioWare Infinity Engine, supporting resolutions of up to 800x600, giving the player superlative graphical improvements and brilliance in a truly immersive world. The new graphics engine also supports 3-D Accelerator Cards, however they are not required to enjoy the richness of the Baldur's Gate II world. In addition, the entire interface can be hidden to allow full screen which will allow both novice and seasoned role players the opportunity to experience an even richer gameplay experience.

Also in production from Black Isle and BioWare is Neverwinter Nights TM. Being developed by BioWare, the game will bring the pen-and-paper D&D experience to the PC by allowing players to create their own modules, host those modules on their own server and even "DM" the game.

Wizards of the Coast, the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop role playing game categories, is a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products as well as the owner and operator of one of the nation's largest specialty game retail chains. Producing both the PokemonTM and world's best-selling Magic: The Gathering ® trading card games, the company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games. Publisher of adventure games such as the classic Dungeons & Dragons games, family card and board games and electronic media products, Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world's leading fantasy and science fiction book publishers. Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, London and Beijing. For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company's web site and electronic retail store at http://wwww.wizards.com.

Black Isle Studios is a division of Interplay Entertainment Corp., a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for both core gamers and the mass market. Interplay currently balances its development efforts by publishing for personal computers as well as current and next generation video game consoles. Interplay releases products through Interplay, Shiny Entertainment, Digital Mayhem, Black Isle Studios, 14° East, is distribution partners and its wholly owned subsidiary Interplay OEM, Inc. More comprehensive information on Interplay and its products is available through its worldwide web site at http://www.interplay.com.


November 11, 1999

BLACK ISLE STUDIOS ANNOUNCES BALDUR'S GATE II: SHADOWS OF AMN
(The Anticipated Sequel to the Award-Winning RPG will Enthrall Fans Yet Again)

IRVINE, California, November 11, 1999 - Black Isle Studios, the RPG (role-playing game) division of Interplay Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: IPLY) and BioWare Corp. announced today their plan to develop the sequel to the award-winning Advanced Dungeons & Dragons® game Baldur's Gate™, entitled Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn™ (BGII). Awarded 1998 RPG of the Year by industry leaders Computer Gaming World and PC Gamer, Baldur's Gate offered gamers a visually dazzling role-playing adventure that has redefined the genre and sold over 1,000,000 units worldwide

"In setting out to do a sequel, we want to give people the feeling that they are returning to a place they remember fondly," stated Feargus Urquhart, Black Isle Studios Division Director. "We have a whole new set of tricks up our sleeves, to surprise and engross both the new player and the returning one."

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn will be a mythic saga continuing the much-loved Baldur's Gate storyline. The "Forgotten Realms" adventure ensues along the southern portion of the Sword Coast in the merchant kingdom known as Amn. The borders of this region include such diverse environments as the Elven forests of Tethir, the Cloudpeak Mountains, The Drow cities of the Underdark, and the Capitol City of Amn, Athkatla. Written by BioWare with an increased attention to detail, the engrossing plot features dynamic characters that players will become attached to over the span of the game.

Fifteen new NPC characters are available to join players in their quest, along with hundreds of completely new creatures and access to over 130 new spells. Hundreds of new items also add flavor to the game including the legendary Holy Avenger and the venerated Staff of the Magi. Higher-level character development and the exceptionally diverse combat proficiency system will allow for an expanded skill set including dual wielding or single weapon mastery. Over 20 new kits and classes have been added to the already extensive class list from Baldur's Gate to make BGII the most all-inclusive Advanced Dungeons & Dragons® 2nd edition CRPG ever created.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn features an enhanced version of the BioWare Infinity engine, which will support resolutions of up to 800x600, giving the player superlative graphical improvements and brilliance in a truly immersive world. 3-D acceleration support will be provided through the popular API Open GL for a number of hardware accelerators. In addition, the ability to abandon the graphical user interface panels will allow both novice and seasoned role players the opportunity to experience an even richer gameplay experience.

"We recognize that our fans will have extremely high expectations of the sequel to Baldur's Gate. We're totally committed to making Baldur's Gate II a truly immersive and gripping role-playing experience - a game that we would want to buy and play ourselves, " said Dr. Ray Muzyka, BioWare's Joint CEO, and co-Executive Producer on Baldur's Gate II.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn is due to ship in 2000 for Windows® 95/98 and will utilize the enhanced version of the BioWare Infinity Engine. More comprehensive information can be found on the official Baldur's Gate web site, located at http://www.interplay.com/bgate2 Also in production at Black Isle Studios is Planescapeâ: TormentÔ, a uniquely dark AD&D role-playing game centered around an immortal character who searches for his past. Torment, which is in development in-house at Black Isle, will ship this winter for the PC. Shipping spring of 2000 is Icewind Dale, A Baldur's Gate engine adventure. In the spirit of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons® adventure Tomb of Horrors, Icewind Dale will be a classic dungeon crawl and is also in development in-house at Black Isle. Launching late 2000 is Neverwinter Nights. Neverwinter is being developed by BioWare Corp., and will be published by Black Isle. The game will bring the pen-and-paper D&D experience to the PC by allowing players to create their own modules, host those modules on their own server and even "DM" the game.

Wizards of the Coast, the worldwide market share leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories, is a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products as well as the owner and operator of one of the nation's largest specialty game retail chains. Producing both the Pokémon™ and world's best-selling Magic: The Gathering® trading card games, the company holds an exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games. Publisher of adventure games such as the classic Dungeons & Dragons games, family card and board games and electronic media products, Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world's leading fantasy and science fiction book publishers. The company's retail locations, many of which provide game-play areas, include a growing chain of Wizards of the Coast® specialty game retail stores as well as 53 The Game Keeper® stores. Headquartered near Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris, Milan, London and Beijing.

For more information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company's web site and electronic retail store at http://www.wizards.com.

Black Isle Studios is a division of Interplay Entertainment Corp., a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for both core gamers and the mass market. Interplay currently balances its development efforts by publishing for personal computers and current generation video game consoles. Interplay releases products through Interplay, Shiny Entertainment, Tantrum, Black Isle Studios, 14° East, its distribution partners and its wholly owned subsidiary Interplay OEM, Inc. More comprehensive information on Black Isle Studios, Interplay and its products is available through its worldwide web sites at http://www.blackisle.com or http://www.interplay.com.


 

 


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