CUC International today announced that it was throwing open the doors of the World Opponent Network Internet gaming site for a public beta test.
Titles from Sierra, Impressions, Dynamix, Papyrus, Synergistics, and Berkeley Systems - Lords of the Realm II, Outpost 2, and others (20 games to start) - are playable over the site.
"Our long-term strategy is to go beyond gaming to include entertainment for the entire family," said Bill Moore, WON president. "Our beta release represents an early vision of the concept, but we expect some refinements in the months ahead based on feedback from our users and strategic partners," he said.
WON software will be included with retail versions of the games playable over the network. The company expects to have more than 40 games live and playable before launch in the spring of 1998.
The games available at WON during this initial beta test are: Shivers 2, Birthright, Outpost 2: Divided Destiny, MissionForce: Cyberstorm, Lords of the Realm II, Civil War Generals 2, 3D Ultra Minigolf, The Time Warp of Dr. Brain, Front Page Sports: Football '97 & '98, Front Page Sports: Golf, Trophy Bass 2, Hoyle Black Jack, Hoyle Poker, Hoyle Board Games (which includes Backgammon, Battling Ships, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Chess, and Yacht), Hoyle Cards (which includes Spades, Hearts, Gin, and Poker), Hoyle Casino (which includes four versions of Poker), Trophy Rivers, Power Chess, and Power Chess '98.WON expects to soon add Lords of Magic, Front Page Sports: Ski Racing, and Red Baron II.
WON will also link to bezerk.com. where players can access the netshow versions of You Don't Know Jack games