Origin Press Release - May 16, 1996 - Privateer 2 The Darkening Debuts at E3

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This is the document which introduced audiences at the 1996 Electronic Entertainment Expo to Privateer 2: The Darkening. Download your copy here (4 mb).

NEWS RELEASE - Contact Media Relations Department

For immediate release Contact: David Swofford or Teresa Potts Origin Media Relations

Privateer 2: The Darkening Debuts at E3

Los Angeles, Calf., May 16, 1996 - ORIGIN Systems takes the Privateer gaming experience to a new frontier with its first European interactive movie. Privateer 2: The Darkening creates a new dimenstion in the Privateer universe by offering SVGA graphics and sophisticated game play including several hours of live action video. The Darkening is expected to ship in October of PCCD-ROM.

Privateer 2: The Darkening adopts and enhances the superlative gameplay of the original Privateer, ORIGIN's award-winning space exploration/action game which shipped in 1993. Choose for yourself whether you're in the mood to trade goods, be a scout, bounty hunter, escort, courier or reconnaissance agent. Up to 18 different ships and a wide variety of technology upgrades let you decide which ship can carry the advantages and weapons you'll need in your new career. Hire wingmen and cargo ships to help you blaze a trail across the galaxy as you take on hundreds of missions. As in all ORIGIN Interactive Movies you take control of the lead character, in this case Lev Arris (Clive Owen), and guide him through a multitude of adventures and missions. It's ORIGIN's most action-packed interactive movie to date!

Privateer 2: The Darkening features a top-of-the-line cast starring noted European actors John Hurt, David Warner, Jurgen Prochnow and Clive Owen, as well as American actor Christopher Walken. Filming for The Darkening took place over a six-week period last summer at the famed Pinewood Studios outside of London.

The Storyline

Lev Arris awakens from cryogenic storage, a coldsleep that might have lasted for as long as ten years. He was allegedly suffering from a disease for which (10 years ago) there was no cure. His pod has been pulled from the wreckage of a star-freighter called Canera, which was mysteriously attacked by ships of an unknown origin. He has lost his memory and is now faced with rediscovering his identity by interacting with dangerously devious and sinister characters, some of whom are out to kill him. Arris must endure a roller-coaster journey of bribery, corruption, deception and violence. However, the decisions you make will decide his plight.

ORIGIN Systems develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment software. To date, the company has released more than 50 titles, including the award-winning Ultima, Wing COmmander, and Crusader series of games. ORIGIN is based in Austin, Texas, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronc Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS).

ORIGIN, ORIGIN Systems, We Create Worlds, Privateer, and Ultima are registered trademarks and The Darkening, and ORIGIN Interactive Movie are trademarks of ORIGIN Systems, Incl. Electronic Arts is a registered trademark of Electronic Arts Inc. All other trademards are property of their respective owners.