âRise of the Ultimate Championâ Tournament to Decide Top Gaming General
âRise of Legendsâ players finally have their moment to shine and prove their rank. Beginning Sept. 15, 2006, gamers can square off against the worldâs best real-time strategy (RTS) players in the âRise of the Ultimate Championâ tournament, sponsored by Intel, ATI and Logitech. With $100,000 on the line, when the dust settles, the Ultimate Champion will take the lionâs share of $40,000. Equipment from supporting sponsors ATI and Logitech will also be randomly awarded throughout the tournament.
All gamers will compete on the latest installment of the award-winning RTS âRise of Nationsâ franchise for Windows, the critically acclaimed âRise of Legends.â
Participants can play in one of three preliminary events that will take place beginning Sept. 15, Oct 13, and Nov. 17, 2006. Results from the first three events will be used to determine seeding for the Ultimate Championship, which kicks off Jan. 12, 2007. The top eight will win a trip to the finals where they will battle it out for the title of Ultimate Champion! For a complete set of rules and more information on âRise of Nations: Rise of Legends,â please visit http://www.bighugegames.com/100k/.
The RTS gameplay of âRise of Legendsâ thrusts gamers into a fierce battle between technology and magic. As the guiding force of vast armies, gamers must command their way through fantastic landscapes with towering cities, flame-swept deserts and brutal ice plains in battles filled with mystic creatures, impossible machines and stunning acts of magic.
âRise of Legendsâ is available in stores across North America at the suggested retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). âRise of Legendsâ is rated âTâ for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).
Developed by Big Huge Games, âRise of Legendsâ continues the innovative gameplay tradition established by the critically acclaimed and best-selling, âRise of Nations,â the best-selling RTS released in 2003 that garnered numerous Game of the Year awards, including GameSpotâs Best PC Game of 2003 and PC Gamerâs Best RTS of 2003.
About Big Huge Games
Big Huge Games was founded in February 2000 by four veteran game developers: Tim Train, David Inscore, Jason Coleman and Brian Reynolds. These founding partners, who together have brought strategy gamers such classic hits as âCivilization IIÂ®,â âColonizationÂ®â and âAlpha CentauriÂ®,â share a common vision that they believe will enable them to surpass even these outstanding achievements.
About Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the XboxÂ® and Xbox 360â¢ video game systems, the WindowsÂ® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as âAge of EmpiresÂ®,â âFlight Simulatorâ and âZoo TycoonÂ®;â Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as the upcoming âGears of Warâ and franchises such as âHaloÂ®,â âFableÂ®,â âProject Gotham RacingÂ®â and âForza Motorsportâ¢â; and MSNÂ® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as âBejeweledâ and âHexicÂ®.â