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20,000 Already Registered On-line for Unreal Demo Download

NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 1998 - The wait for 1998's most eagerly anticipated 3D action/adventure PC game is nearly over as GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ: GTIS), Epic MegaGames and Digital Extremes announce that Unreal has gone "gold" and is currently being manufactured. Unreal will be available at retail outlets nationwide on Memorial Day Weekend.

"Consumers around the world have waited a long time to play Unreal and we are excited to be only days away from delivering its revolutionary game-play experience," says Holly Newman, vice president of Marketing for GT Interactive. "Seeing is believing and once gamers play Unreal they will understand why it is the must-have PC game of the year."

In anticipation of the retail release of Unreal, nearly 20,000 people have registered on GT Interactive Software's Web site to download a playable demo version of the game while more than 200 Unreal fan-based Web sites on the Internet spread the Unreal "word" with screen shots, game information and chat rooms. In addition, many of the sites are preparing to host Unreal servers for multi-player tournaments and level editing contests.

Unreal will ship with a fully functional beta version of Epic's Unreal Level Editor - an advanced 3D authoring tool which provides a sophisticated, yet easy-to-learn, method of creating 3D environments and objects by which players may create their own Unreal worlds. According to Computer & Net Player magazine, "if this doesn't bring level editing to the masses, nothing will." A feature-enhanced, fully supported and documented version of the Unreal Level Editor with additional 3D content and a tutorial is currently under development and will be released separately later this year.

Unreal will be available at retail outlets nationwide on Memorial Day Weekend at a suggested retail price of $54.95.

Epic MegaGames Inc. is a privately held company based in Rockville, MD, with offices in the U.K. Established in 1991, Epic produces, markets and distributes cutting-edge PC games. Best known for Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball, the company has released more than 20 products. In addition to worldwide retail publishing arrangements, Epic distributes its products directly to end users using the shareware model. Additional company and product information may be obtained through Epic's World Wide Web site at http://www.epicgames.com/.

Digital Extremes is a privately held company in Waterloo, Canada. Established in 1993, Digital Extremes is a development studio for video games on both the PC and console systems and is best known for Epic Pinball, Extreme Pinball and Unreal. Additional information can be found at the Digital Extremes web site: http://www.extremes.on.ca/.

Headquartered in NY, GT Interactive Software Corp. is a leading global publisher of entertainment and edutainment software under the GT Interactive, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac and MacSoft brands for personal computers as well as game consoles from Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. and Nintendo. The company operates development studios in Seattle, Salt Lake City and San Luis Obispo, CA, as well as MN-based GT Value Products, a market share leader in budget software under the WizardWorks, CompuWorks and Slash brands. Located on the World Wide Web at http://www.gtinteractive.com/, GT Interactive is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol GTIS.


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