Urban Assault Interesting Facts

  • Here are some interesting facts about Urban Assault and its history. This list may be updated further with new information in future.

    • Urban Assault (1998) was the third strategy title to be published by Microsoft Games Studio. Followed by Close Combat (1996) and Age of Empires (1997).

    • Urban Assault was the first German video game product to be sold and distributed worldwide, thanks to the publisher contract between Microsoft and their global network.

    • Urban Assault was initially intended to be published by Warner Interactive. The publisher was eventually changed to Microsoft after a potentially new contract.

    • Microsoft did an interview with several Urban Assault development team members when they visited Microsoft 'campus' in 1998, which is still available.

    • Urban Assault (mid 1998) was the third game to be developed in a full 3D FPS-RTS hybrid genre. The first game in this genre was Uprising (1997) and the second game was Battlezone (early 1998).

    • Urban Assault was showcased at E3 1996, 1997 and 1998 in Atlanta. Where the game was demonstrated in a dozen computers at the Microsoft booth. In 1996, the game was demonstrated at the Warner Interactive booth.

    • Mark Snow, the famous composer of the theme music for X-Files, had participated in making the intro movie of Urban Assault. An interview with him on his collaboration at UA intro movie is still available.

    • TerraTools was established in 1993 by Professor Ulrich Weinberg. One of the most prominent figures of the early graphics technology in Germany.

    • The name TerraTools was inspired by TerraVision, a 3D mapping software developed in 1993 by the German company ART+COM in Berlin. Which implemented the idea of visualising a virtual globe that even predated Google Earth.

    • The first headquarter of TerraTools during the development of Urban Assault was at 'Churchill-Villa' in Babelsberg, Potsdam. This is the same building where the British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill had lived during the Potsdam Conference (German: Potsdamer Konferenz) after the end of World War II.
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