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Game Creator, Microsoft to Form Company

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Chris Roberts, creator of the Wing Commander line of computer games, is expected to announce today the launch of Digital Anvil, a multimedia interactive software gaming company that will be backed financially by Microsoft Corp. Digital Anvil, which will be based in Austin, Texas, has assembled a pool of creative talent that includes Robert Rodriguez, director of “El Mariachi” and “Desperado.” The company plans to release its first multi-player games and interactive movie titles in late 1998. Digital Anvil has signed a multi-title publishing deal with Microsoft, which will also be an equity investor in the company. Hoping to position itself as a force in the computer game market, Microsoft plans to pursue other partnerships with small, high-quality game developers, said Ed Fries, general manager of Microsoft’s entertainment business unit.


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