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HUNT VALLEY, MD _ MicroProse Software, Inc., famous worldwide for 

its high-quality entertaining simulations of combat and 

adventure, will release DARKLANDS, its first true fantasy 

role-playing game, this fall.

Set in 15th Century Medieval Germany, DARKLANDS will be as 

realistic and challenging a simulation as previous MicroProse 

releases. "The common thread of all of our titles, from GUNSHIP 

to RAILROAD TYCOON, is that they have an intellectual core," said 

Arnold Hendrick, DARKLANDS' game designer. "DARKLANDS will be no 

different _ the problems and tasks the gamer will face are 

straight from the events and attitudes of Medieval Germany."

15th Century Germany was a time of violence and corruption and 

was an era with three Popes simultaneously in charge, powerless 

emperors, gangster nobles and venal clergymen. DARKLANDS 

recreates this period and emphasizes the beliefs of the time: 

witches worshipping the devil, people praying to saints to 

produce real miracles, alchemists turning lead into gold and 

dragons inhabiting caves.

Players will explore a vast map of Germany with a party of four 

adventurers created from the likes of nobles, swordsmen, 

mercenaries, thieves, alchemists, monks and several more. 

Millions of different character types will be possible by 

choosing from 26 attributes and skills. The ultimate goal of the 

game will be to achieve fame and immortality on multiple quests, 

many of them simultaneous. Quests will be created by an 

"adventure generator" for endless replayability.

DARKLANDS will be released for IBM-compatibles and will require 

640K of RAM. The game will support AdLib, Roland, Tandy and IBM 

sounds, and EGA, MCGA/VGA and Tandy 16-color graphics. A hard 

disk will be required and a mouse recommended.

MicroProse Software, Inc. designs and markets a full line of 

entertainment software for personal computers, Nintendo 

Entertainment Systems and coin operated arcade games. Its 

products are available nationally and internationally though 

major distributors, retailers and mass merchants. MicroProse also 

markets products developed by Paragon Software and Legend 

Entertainment. IBM and Tandy are registered trademarks of 

International Business Machines and Tandy Corporation, 

respectively. Ad Lib is a registered trademark of Ad Lib, Inc. 

Roland is a registered trademark of Roland Corporation.

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