Ooo la la---Freedom Force Pre-order details revealed

Bill Gardner here, filling in for Meredith. "Where is my favorite bubbly industry persona," you ask? Well, Ken and Mer decided they were too good for us plebeians and took off for Europe. OK, that's not entirely fair; they're on a whirlwind press tour promoting Freedom Force. Hope you enjoy your fancy Parisian cheese and wine, guys. So, it looks like this week you'll have to make do with me. While I might not be as cute (careful Bill, that's your boss' wife) or have quite the same Hello Kitty collection, I come bearing good news.

We're proud to officially announce that Freedom Force vs The 3rd Reich is now available directly from Irrational Games. Visit our brand new store at to order today. I know what you're thinking. "How is that tidbit worthy of these hallowed headline halls?" Well, when you order directly from Irrational, you will receive our bonus disk with three exclusive Bronze Age characters. PLUS, the first 500 orders will receive signed concept art from our own Robb Waters! Oh my! Talk about sweetening the deal. As if getting your hands on one of the most anticipated games of '05 wasn't enough, we're giving you all kinds of delicious extras.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go tell all my friends to pre-order so they get some of that sweet, sweet plunder and you don't. They're so much more hard-core than you.

Gardner out.