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Announces CNC: Yuri's Revenge
LAS VEGAS, April 13,
2001 - Following
the phenomenal success of Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 2,
Westwood Studios™ announced today it will release the official expansion
pack this fall, Command & Conquer Yuri's Revenge. The PC CD-ROM
mission disk will be part of the EA GAMES™ brand from Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS).
Yuri's Revenge is the
largest expansion pack in Westwood's history, adding to the real-time
strategy game new Allied units, new Soviet units, new single-player
campaigns, new multiplayer features, new co-operative campaigns, an hour
of filmed story sequences, and an entirely new side: an Army lead by the
mysterious psychic warrior, Yuri.
In the original Red Alert
2, Yuri was a controllable unit on the Soviet side. For the mission disk,
Yuri breaks from the Soviets and launches his own bid for world domination
through psychic technology. Players will take command of a time-traveling
task force and go back in time to unravel Yuri's evil plot.
"We were thrilled
with the success of Red Alert 2 and really wanted to build on the gameplay
for the expansion pack, rather than just add missions," said Mark
Skaggs, executive producer of Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge. "This
is the largest, most involved expansion pack in Westwood's history, and
we're bringing some really exciting gameplay to our fans."
Features of Command & Conquer Yuri's Revenge:
- Three sides
- In multiplayer mode, the player can choose to play any of three
sides: the Allies, Soviets, or the new faction: Yuri's psychic army.
- Fourteen new
solo campaign missions -
Players will chose to lead either the Allies or the Soviets against
the new global threat, Yuri.
- Ten new co-op
campaign missions - New
campaigns to fight with a partner over a LAN or the Internet.
- New units and
tech buildings - Thirty new
units, vehicles and tech buildings, which present players with new
strategic challenges and opportunities.
Locales - Players fight and
take control of exotic cities all over the earth, and beyond, such as
San Francisco, Sydney, Hollywood, Seattle, London, Cairo, Transylvania
and even the moon.
Features for Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
Chat with Harvard Bonin, producer of RA2, to hear
about several new features in downloadable update
LAS VEGAS, January 26, 2001
– New observer mode, hotkeys and changes to Westwood Online are among
several new features that have been added to Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
and will be available early February in a downloadable update on www.westwood.ea.com.
Those who want a sneak peak at the list of features included in the update can
log on to www.westwood.ea.com
Wednesday, January 31 at 4 p.m. PST, for a chat with Harvard Bonin, producer
of Red Alert 2. He will be online for one hour with a complete list of the
features and to answer questions about the update.
Among the features in the update will be:
- An observer mode that will
allow fans to watch other players’ games.
- Multiple hotkeys that
speed up and improve game control.
- Changes to Westwood
Online, including improvements to the chat and paging features along with
enhanced match-making features.
- New “free-for-all”
option in skirmish mode.
- Also included in the patch
are improvements in the balance of several units and various in-game bug
challenge fans to games of Red Alert 2 over Westwood Online
LAS VEGAS, December 6,
2000 - Think you're good
enough at Red Alert 2 to beat the guys who designed the game? Well, here's
your chance to prove it. Westwood employees will be on Westwood Online every
Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. PST, challenging fans to games of Red Alert 2.
Every fan who is victorious in battle against a Westwoodian will win Red Alert
Every week, there will be five to 10 Westwood employees playing online,
including members of the Red Alert 2 development team. All Westwoodians will
be easily identifiable by a lightning bolt next to their name on the channel's
Westwood Online is Westwood Studios' free Internet gaming service that allows
people to talk to each other and play Internet-ready games like Nox, Tiberian
Sun, Red Alert, and Dune 2000. The Westwood Online service, software and login
account are all free. There is no cost to connect to Westwood Online, however
players need to access the Internet through an Internet Service Provider.
Because Westwood Online is available worldwide, all Internet-compatible games
can be played across several languages (i.e. a user in France can play a user
in the UK). The Westwood Online software is available for download at www.westwood.com
and is also bundled with many of Westwood's software titles.
Studios and I-Games Team Up for National Red Alert 2 Tournament
More than $4,000 in Electronics Boutique gift certificates and prizes to be
LAS VEGAS, November 3, 2000
- On Saturday, Nov. 4, commanders from all over the U.S. and Canada will
battle for the ultimate title, Command & Conquer(tm) Red Alert 2(tm) Grand
Champion. Sponsored by Westwood Studios and IGames, the North American
Invasion Tournament will pit players against each other in a series of battles
to determine the ultimate winner.
To compete, players will meet at designated PC gaming centers in the U.S. and
Canada. For participating locations and more information on how to participate
visit www.igames.org. The
tournament will take place from noon to 7 p.m. (PST) and will be coordinated
by IGames staff.
Prizes include $4000 in gift certificates from Electronics Boutique, Red Alert
2 PC games, T-shirts, and posters.
Studios Ships More Than 1 Million Copies of Red Alert 2
Worldwide Launch Among Biggest in EA History
REDWOOD CITY, Calif,
November 2, 2000 - Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) today announced that more
than 1 million copies of the PC CD-ROM Command & Conquer(TM) Red Alert(TM)
2 were shipped last week to retailers worldwide. EA Westwood Studios(TM)
produces the highly successful Command & Conquer series that has sold more
than 13.5 million units to date.
"We're thrilled that the worldwide demand for Red Alert 2 brought us
above the million unit milestone; very few titles ship that many units in one
day," said Frank Gibeau, EA's vice president of marketing, North America.
"If the early fan reaction and reviews are any indication, Red Alert 2
sales should be brisk." The real-time strategy game is the sequel to
Command & Conquer Red Alert, one of the best selling PC games in history
with more than three million sold.
Studios' Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Ships
Highly-anticipated war game set to hit shelves on October 25
LAS VEGAS, October 24,
2000 - One of the most
anticipated PC games of the year, Westwood Studios' Command & Conquer™
Red Alert™ 2, shipped today in North America, Westwood announced today. The
game will begin appearing in stores on October 25 and should be fully
distributed by October 28.
The real-time strategy game is the sequel to Command & Conquer Red Alert,
one of the best selling PC games in history with more than 3 million sold. Red
Alert 2 is part of the EA Games family of games from Electronics Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS).
Studios Brings Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Directly to the Fans
Preview parties let fans play before they can buy!
LAS VEGAS, October 7,
2000 - Westwood Studios
announced today it is taking its act on the road. Representatives of the
computer game developer will be bringing Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 to
Internet cafes and computer stores at three cities around the country, giving
fans of the series a chance to play the game weeks before it hits store
"We love giving our fans a chance to play the game before they can buy
it," said Laura Miele, vice president of marketing for Westwood Studios.
"Not only can we give our die- hard fans the sneak peak they've been
craving, but it's also an opportunity for us to show Red Alert 2 to people who
are new to real-time strategy games."
Westwood Studios will be previewing Red Alert 2 at the following locations:
12 to 4 p.m.
11138 N. Cedarburg Rd.
Mequon, WI 53092
12 to 4 p.m.
UCLA, Ackerman Student Union
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024 310-206-0829
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
the Coast, Northgate Mall
301 N.E. Northgate Way, Unit 914
Seattle, WA 98125 206-364-1977
Westwood will be
providing food and drink at each preview party and also giving away free
Westwood merchandise. Space is limited at each site, so anyone wanting a
chance to play Red Alert 2 should call the location closest to them to reserve
a place. Additional space will be available to observe the games in progress.
& Conquer Red Alert 2 Goes Gold
Highly-anticipated war game set to hit shelves on October 25
LAS VEGAS, October 5,
2000 - Set off the
fireworks. Pop the cork on the champagne (or sparkling cider, for those of you
underage). Visit your favorite software retailer immediately and give him a
big hug. Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 is done. It is gold. Version .24
has been pounded on, tested, re-tested, polished, and thrice blessed by two
test depertments and the dev team. That beautiful disc, the result of almost
two years of blood, sweat and almost toxic level of caffiene consumption, was
then sent away to the manufacturing plant.
And ironically, the disc that was dubbed gold was actually silver, but who
What happens now? Several silver discs are made from the gold disc. Those
silver discs are then tested to make sure the duplication process works. If
the silvers pass, then the duplicating machines will start cranking out copies
of the game. Then, the folks at the factory drop them into boxes. The boxes
are sealed, put into cases of 24, and stored in a warehouse. This process will
take about three weeks because thousands upon thousands have to be made. Then,
on October 24th, those boxes will be loaded onto trucks and airplanes and
delivered to stores across the continent.
Then, you go pick up your copy and finally get to play. As we’ve said
before, the best way to make sure you get a copy on Day One is to pre-order or
sign a call list at your local games dealer.
After that, we’ll see you on Westwood Online. We here at Westwood can’t
wait to play actual fans. We’re a little weary of beating up on each other.
Studios' Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 to Ship October 24
LAS VEGAS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2000
- Command & Conquer(tm) Red Alert 2 will ship October 24 in North America,
Westwood Studios announced today. The game will begin appearing in stores on
October 25 and should be fully distributed by October 28.
"We wanted to eliminate all the rumors and give the fans a hard
date," says Laura Miele, Westwood's vice president of marketing.
"They'll be able to buy it at most stores on Oct. 25. Of course, the best
way to ensure getting a copy will be to pre-order it."
Alert 2 Collectors Edition Announced
Fans Who Pre-Order Will Get Limited Edition of Highly
LAS VEGAS, September 4,
2000 - Yes, this one
time, the rumors are actually true. There will be a Red Alert 2 Collector’s
Edition. Check it out…
The Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Collector’s Edition includes:
This DVD is the definitive collector’s item for the Red Alert fan. Peruse
never before seen art from the game and behind the scenes footage. Watch
re-mastered cut scenes in the quality that only DVD can deliver, featuring the
beautiful Kari Wuhrer (Sliders, Beverly Hills 90210). A professionally edited
documentary gives you an unprecedented inside look into the making of Red
Also, all the game movies from RA2 and the original Red Alert will be on the
HAND-CRAFTED PEWTER FIGURINE
Exclusive custom designed pewter figure to set on you desk and keep you
company during those Red Alert all-nighters. Included in each Red Alert 2
Collector’s Edition is either the Soviet Tesla Trooper or the Allied Chrono
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MUSIC CD
18 tracks of Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 music allow you to take the
thrill of a Tesla Coil charging on the road.
The Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Collector’s Edition is available only
by pre-ordering through Electronics
The EA Store or the
Electronic Arts order line (1-877-EA-GAMES). The price will be around $59.99,
but it could vary from store to store.
Sequentially numbered game boxes make this a collectable piece of Command
& Conquer history. Only a limited number of the collector’s edition will
be minted, so fans should order early.
believe the rumors: Red Alert 2 set for mid-October release
LAS VEGAS, August 4, 2000
- You’d think the Soviets evil propaganda machine was hard at work on the
goal of frustrating Red Alert fans and confounding our best efforts to keep
good info out there. One news site erroneously prints that we’re done with
the game and a minor hurricane of message board activity occurs. Now another
“insider source” revealed the quite inaccurate info that we’re releasing
RA2 on October 31, which angered all the confused people who thought that
maybe they were getting the game next month.
Here is the truth…
We plan on finishing the game in mid-September, when a gold master disc will
be printed and sent to the duplication plant. It will take about a month to
burn all the CDs, put them in boxes, put them on trucks and airplanes and get
them in stores. It’s a worldwide release, which makes things even more
You can expect to see Red Alert 2 on sale around the world in mid-October.
We’re not going to put an exact date on it quite yet as there are a few too
many variables. We are confident it will be out well before October 31, and
not too far after October 1.
And keep in mind that even though the dev team is slaving away day and night,
some evil bug might pop up and complicate matters. It hasn’t happened yet
with Red Alert 2, but you never know.
Keep watching this site for official news. If you have any questions about Red
Alert 2, visit the forums area. We’re always there answering fan questions
and seeing what’s on your mind.
In the meantime, while you are waiting for Red Alert 2, download Nox Quest,
the free cooperative multiplayer enhancement for Nox. It’s a blast, and if
you already own Nox, it’s free.
Studios Launches Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Website
Official Red Alert 2 News, Information, Screen Shots and Artwork Now
Available on the Web
LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2000
- More information about the imminent Soviet invasion of North America can be
found at www.westwood.com
today when the official web site for Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
The Red Alert 2 web site gives an advance look at the battle between the
Soviets and Allies. The site will feature:
- An array of
never-before-seen art including new in-game screen shots, scenes from the
film sequences, high-res rendered art and more.
- Exclusive info about all
the new units and characters.
- The story behind the
Soviets' latest plan for world domination and the Allies' strategy to stop
- A frequently updated news
section that will keep fans up to date on everything Red Alert 2.
- Discussion forums where
fans can ask questions of the design team.
- A download page with
everything from movies to music. Future downloads will include theme
packs, interviews and music tracks.
Studios Announce Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
Sequel to three-million-selling strategy game to hit shelves this fall
LAS VEGAS, April 27, 2000
- Wielding strange new
technologies and hungering for revenge, the Soviet Empire invades America. New
York City and Washington are overwhelmed. Allied forces, unprepared for the
surprise attack, are decimated. Will freedom be crushed under the heels of
Communist aggression? Gamers around the world will decide this fall with the
release of Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™2, the sequel to the
three-million-selling, award-winning real-time strategy game Command &
Conquer Red Alert. Westwood Studios announced Red Alert 2 today at a press
event in San Francisco. Red Alert 2 will be available for Windows® 95 and 98.
Command & Conquer Red
Alert 2 brings players back to the alternate universe of Red Alert with an
onslaught of new units, tactics and strategies. As in the original, gamers can
choose to lead Soviet or Allied forces. Soviet commanders will invade North
America and try to claim it for mother Russia. Allied commanders will fight to
push back the invaders and save liberty. Both sides are well-armed with
conventional weapons and experimental technology. The Soviets can engage in
psychic warfare, wield nuclear weapons and fry all they survey with Tesla
technology. Allied forces can teleport with chrono technology, conduct covert
operations with the help of gap generators, and rain down lightening bolts
through weather control. Supporting these high-powered, advanced weapons are
massive conventional forces, including armies, air power and navies. The war
rages across recognizable American cities, including Washington, D.C.,
Chicago, New York City, the Florida Keys, Pearl Harbor, even Texas.
The war will then spread to
Mexico, Germany, France and, of course, Siberia. Says Executive Producer Mark
Skaggs: "Red Alert 2, like the original, will be fast, furious and full
of attitude - all without sacrificing deep, strategic gameplay. We want gamers
to be constantly amazed at some of the wild weapons and tactics they can
use." Red Alert 2 will feature enhanced Local Area Network and Internet
play. Players can engage in fierce combat over a LAN and battle via the
Internet and Westwood Online. A built-in worldwide ranking system allows
players to track their victories and defeats against other Internet gamers.
The Worldwide Domination mode let's players compete in an ongoing war for
global control. The original Red Alert was released in 1996 and went on to
sell more than 3 million copies. The game continues to be incredibly popular.
More than 140,000 games of Red Alert are played every month on Westwood
Online, Westwood's free multiplayer.
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