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Studios Announces Icewind Dale II
Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Black Isle Studios, the role-playing
game division of Interplay Entertainment Corp. announced today that a
sequel to the award-winning computer role-playing game Icewind Dale(TM)
is currently in development and will be distributed by Vivendi Universal
Games in North America. Icewind Dale(TM) II is scheduled to ship to retail
on May 28, 2002.
II is being created internally at Black Isle Studios and offers more of
the classic dungeon crawl experience, using the Dungeons & Dragons®
license from Wizards of the Coast. Based in part on the series of books
by New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore, Icewind Dale II
will amaze players with new monsters, spells, and areas to explore within
the popular FORGOTTEN REALMS® campaign setting.
II expands upon gameplay elements found in Icewind Dale, offering players
the ability to hone their combat skills and achieve even more powerful
possessions, spells, and experience. Icewind Dale II hosts a large variety
of new weapons, armor and magical items and features all the spells from
Icewind Dale and its expansion Icewind Dale(TM): Heart of Winter(TM).
Additionally, Icewind Dale II includes over 50 new spells such as Executioner's
Eyes and Aegis, bringing the total to over 300 spells.
over 100 new special items can be found in Icewind Dale II's elevated
``Heart of Fury'' mode, first introduced in Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter.
This challenging mode enhances the game's replayability by allowing players
to face intensely difficult and strategic battles with their high level,
after the events in Icewind Dale, a grave new threat has arisen in the
North; a threat that seeks to cut off the Ten-Towns from the rest of Faerun
in a bitter power struggle. A vicious horde of goblins, orcs, and bugbears
have gathered beneath the mysterious banner of the Chimera and are attacking
the port town of Targos. The town of Bremen has fallen, goblin raiders
ride the plains, and a stream of refugees are fleeing southwards to Bryn
Shander and beyond. Fearing that they will be overrun, Targos has sent
out a call for all able-bodied adventurers, soldiers, and mercenaries
to sail north to stand with the town's defenders against the encroaching
horde, and it's up to the players' small band of adventurers to save Targos
from destruction. Yet nothing is as it appears and as the shadow of the
horde falls on Targos, the players find themselves drawn into an escalating
conflict that plunges the region of Icewind Dale once again, into war.
II makes use of a heavily modified version of the award- winning BioWare(TM)
Infinity Engine, originally developed for the Baldur's Gate(TM) series.
Modifications to the engine include a variety of features originally developed
for Baldur's Gate(TM) II: Shadows of Amn(TM), including dual-wielding,
class kits, new classes such as the Sorcerer and Monk as well as 3D technology
developed by BioWare. Icewind Dale II introduces new class kits like the
Mercenary, Giant Killer and the Dreadmaster of Bane among others, plus
new sub-races including the Drow and Tiefling.
Studios, the creators of the Fallout(TM) series, Planescape®: Torment(TM)
and the Icewind Dale saga, is proud to bring Icewind Dale II to Windows®
95/98/ME/2000/XP-based computers. More information on Icewind Dale II
can be found at http://icewind2.blackisle.com/.
the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro and 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(TM) 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, Beijing and Sydney. For more
information on Wizards of the Coast, visit the company's web site and
electronic retail store at http://www.wizards.com/.
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, its 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/.
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