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Here you will find the latest news in the world of Raymond E. Feist. It maybe the title of the next book, a new release or even a new project, but it could also be an update on an existing project. What ever it is though, we hope to present it to you as soon as we are aware of it. If you know something we don't, that relates to Raymond E. Feist, and believe it should be here, then please contact us.

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Sun Nov 22nd, 1998

Antagonist Games Network Reviews Return to Krondor

Although the review does not say whether it is based on a Beta build or the final release (which they must have received very early), the Antagonist Games Network gave RtK a rating of 94%. The final word:

I found Return to Krondor an absolute delight to play. The storytelling is wonderful
, the plot development kept me glued to the tube, and the game is wrapped in a user friendly, options-galore interface. The game exudes quality at every turn. I give it my highest recommendation. Don't miss it!

Sounds good, eh?

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Sat Nov 21st, 1998

Cendent to Sell Software Division

GameSpot is reporting Cendent's confirmation that it will sell its software division, including Sierra.

Cendant Corporation confirmed earlier reports that it intends to sell its consumer software division to Paris-based Havas SA for US$800 million in cash and future contingent cash payments that could amount to another $200 million. The consumer software division includes Sierra On-Line and its six studios, Knowledge Adventure, Blizzard Entertainment, and Davidson and Associates. The deal, pending regulatory approvals, is expected to finalize sometime in the first quarter of1999. Cendant estimates that the sale will result in an after-tax gain of roughly $450 million in 1999. Cendant stock as of 1:30pm EST was up a half point at 14 15/16, though at one point within the last year Cendant had been enjoying a 40-point peak.

This should not affect the release of Return to Krondor or any future titles.

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Thu Nov 19th, 1998

Return to Krondor Update

Ray posted this message to the RtK Development Board, which offers many details on RtK.

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Wed Nov 18th, 1998

Return to Krondor Update

EBWorld is now saying that RtK is to be released on the 24th. Also, Sinjin posted this to the RtK Development Board in regards to the upcoming demo:

Here's the scoop on the demo. We have already sent it to Seattle for QA testing (what a novel idea) and approval. I am assuming it will be signed off on this week and then make it's way through whatever channels.

Here's the bad news... it's 290 MB! We were hoping for 200MB, but the 'problem' is that we wanted to make a really good demo, and to do this everything has to be 'in there.' The logical chapter for the demo is the first chapter of the game, this takes place in Krondor.

RtK is such a big game that even stripped down to nothing it's 300 MB, so the methods of distribution will be fairly narrow, but that is the trade off we decided to make to give you a really fully functioned demo.

As I become aware of specific ways to get the demo (other Sierra products it may be included with,net download locations, magazine demo disks, etc.) I will try and post asap. Hope this clarifies things a bit.

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Tue Nov 17th, 1998

Sierra Studios Press Release

The Updates page of Sierra's RtK site was updated with this information:

November 16, 1998:
Beware the Bear!
Return to Krondor has gone gold, and is coming soon to a store near you! Check out the very best of intrigue and adventure from the mind of Raymond E. Feist and the pirates of programming over at PyroTechnix. Kick back in Krondor with this hardcore followup to one of the best-selling role playing games of all time. Let me read the full press release .

I find the 'hardcore' label used by Sierra to describe the game to be odd. In the press release, Sinjin says 'Our goal is to give gamers an RPG full of adventure.' RtK is definitely NOT a hardcore RPG (ala the Realms of Arkania series). I think this marketing strategy is being used to counter Baldur's Gate, which is much more of a 'hardcore RPG' than RtK and is also scheduled to be released in the next week or so.

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Tue Nov 17th, 1998

Return to Krondor on Thursday?

Electronics Boutique and other retailers are saying that RtK will be in stores on Thursday (11/19), at a price of 49.99. EB is also offering a $10 mail-in rebate.

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Sat Nov 14th, 1998

Sierra Studios Return to Krondor Forum

I've never thought of looking for it before, but there it was: a Sierra Studios RtK Forum. I guess in my pained state (post car wreck hurting muscle syndrome), these things seem obvious. Post away!

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Fri Nov 13th, 1998

Webring Explosion

John, the owner of the REF WebRing, sent me this notice:

Webring is growing , there are now 12 sites in the ring and one waiting!!

Being one of the founding members of the ring, let me congratulate John for pulling all this together - it wouldn't have been done without his effort.

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Fri Nov 13th, 1998

Britain,Return to Krondor. Return to Krondor, Britain

Here's the word from Ray on the European versions of RtK:

BTW, the English localized edition was finished this morning and is winging its way to Old Blighty this afternoon. Not much to change, just a little bit of stuff with electronic registration (so people in the UK aren't trying to register it with Sierra US). Now they're starting on the French and German localized versions.

Expect it in the UK next quarter.

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

Desslock on Return to Krondor

Desslock's RPG News posted a mail from Sinjin about the completion of RtK. Here's what the game's Producer had to say:

As with every game these days, it took a lot of people working very hard to hit gold. We received a lot of valuable input and playtesting from some very knowledgable RPG guys and we hope the balance shows it. We really put it through the wringer in QA here, Seattle, and with some hardcore external playtesters. I just saw the packaging and man is it sweet! The marketing guys are going all out with various promotions at all the chains. Looks like we make the stores for Thanksgiving, as advertised. It remains to be seen if the earth has actually stopped spinning on its axis as a result of RtK hitting Gold Master... top scientists are currently verifying.

Yes, I also want to play the game. But we must wait for a couple weeks. And in case you missed it, Desslock moved his excellent RPG site from GamePen to recently.

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

Return to Krondor Demo

Here's the scoop from Ray regarding the RtK demo:

A demo is currently in the works. It's a big one, all of 'Chapter Zero,' so it's rockin' in a about 200 megs.

It's going to be on Cds in Magazines, and probably available in give always in stores and through other sources.

For those who don't know, RtK has eleven chapters, numbered 0-10. From what Ray has said, Chapter Zero involves James (and others?) Being called to the docks, and on their return they stumble across some sort of child in danger. Should you do the moral thing and help the child(ren)? That is an example of the type of sub-quests in the game - not just fluff.

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

The Sound of Talking

The Sierra Studios Return to Krondor website has been updated to include links to two sound clips at the Voice of the Arts website. VotA did the sound work for RtK. The two clips are the main title score and voice work for several of the characters .

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

Atlas of Midkemia News

It looks as if the Atlas of Midkemia, a project which Ray and Steve A. have been talking about for a long time, is finally a reality. Here's what Ray said:

No, it's going to be titled Krondor: Tear of the Gods.

This is the 'Krondor' series, as far as my publishers are concerned, even though it's the Riftwar Legacy, as far as I'm concerned.

Seriously, there's a very active attempt at branding Krondor at this time, due to the game and books, and some other projects about which I can not talk.

But here's one that I can talk about:

We're going to do an Atlas of Midkemia, starting with the area around the Bitter Sea. Steve Abrams and I will start working on it RSN and it will be finished in the next year or so.

We'll keep you abreast of what it is where doing, SO DON'T ASK! <g>

That first bit refers to the working title for the third Riftwar Legacy novel, which will be based on the story of Return to Krondor. If the Atlas is due out in a year, that would coincide with the delayed release date of Krondor: The Assassins that Ray mentioned yesterday.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

Australian RtK Preview CD and New Empire Trilogy Site

Ray posted this about the availability of the RtK preview CD in Australian copies of Krondor the Betrayal:

Just found out that about 6,000 discs of the BaK game w/ RtK slideshow were shipped to Oz to be included with Krondor the Betrayal by HarperCollins. They will, however, be exclusive to Angus and Robertsons stores.

In my last news item of the day, an interesting new site on the net focuses on Mara of the Acoma, from the Empire Trilogy. The site has some good information on the three books that most other Feist sites ignore.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

Name Change

The news does not stop. Ray posted to the list that the second book in the Riftwar Legacy will be titled 'Krondor: The Assassins.' Also:

A July release is probably optomistic, and there's some other considerations (about which I can not talk at present) which may make it preferable to reschedule later in the year.

My hunch is that a Krondor television show might begin production, and the book's release would co-incide with the premier. However, that is strictly speculation with only meager factual backing.

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