CREATE A GLOBAL EMPIRE AND REWRITE HISTORY IN COMPLETE BATTLE STRATEGY SERIES

5th February 2009

The Europa Universalis Collection is the ultimate battle strategy compilation for PC due for release in March 2009 by Ascaron Entertainment. The collection contains all three releases in the Europa series, offering a comprehensive historical and strategic experience to all war gaming enthusiasts.

Players take control of a nation, such as England or France, between 1492 and 1792, engaging in land and naval battles against a backdrop of highly detailed cities and continents. Crucial military decisions, including negotiating treaties and developing infrastructure, are vital in missions to colonise the New World or conquer Asia. A new online multiplayer mode enables players to work together to control a single state or initiate battle. Players can also rewrite history and command countries with little military tradition, such as Scotland and Greece.

Europa Universalis

Depicting the 300 years from Columbus through to Napoleon, players command one of seven Europeannations such as Italy or Spain through a tumultuous period in history. Key decisions have to be made surrounding the country’s stance on issues including diplomacy, religion and military development, during an era that includes the Hundred Years War and defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Europa Universalis II

Players guide a country to prosperity and victory through historical scenarios including The American Revolution and The Napoleonic Wars. However, success may be decided by what is taking place elsewhere. Anywhere from 50 to 100 countries can engage in trade, warfare and diplomacy at the same time, making it essential to follow developments on the game’s extensive map.

Europa Universalis III

A detailed, large scale 3D map offers a complete world view of 2000 different provinces allowing players to search for expansion opportunities and identify potential threats of invasion. Worldwide economic and political conditions are realistically represented, with historical figures such as Sir Isaac Newton and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart acting as wartime advisors.

The Europa Universalis Collection will be released in March 2009 by Ascaron Entertainment.

Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment

Web: www.ascaron.com

Developer: Paradox Interactive

Release date: March 2009

PEGI: 3+

Format: PC

Genre: Battle Strategy

About Ascaron Entertainment

>From Day One in 1989 Ascaron Entertainment has become one of the leading European“boutique” developers and Publishers of games for the PC, with many successful titles including Patrician, Port Royale, DarkStar One, SACRED and SACRED 2.

Ascaron maintains development studios in Berlin, Gutersloh and Aachen (Germany), as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Ascaron currently markets its products in more than 40 countries and over 15 languages.

Ascaron Entertainment (UK) is an independent office and is highly regarded on a domestic and global scale. With a professional reputation, full-service product management, and a wealth of experience in the games industry, the UK operation manages the international releases of Ascaron's entire catalogue, whilst also providing a bespoke publishing, sales, PR and marketing function to selected affiliate label partners.

Ascaron Entertainment (UK) continues to be responsible for successfully launching titles into the UK market from developers and publishers worldwide. Titles include the popular UFO, Panzers, Cossacks andBlitzkrieg series of games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, TrackMania United, and City Life 2008.

www.ascaron.com

About Paradox Interactive

Since 1999, Paradox Interactive has been a leading developer and publisher of PC-based strategy games. World-renowned for its strategy stable, the company holds a particularly strong presence in the United States and Europe. Its steadily-growing portfolio includes original titles such as the critically acclaimed Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron franchises, as well as the best published titles like Penumbra: Black Plague, Supreme Ruler 2020, and the greatly-anticipated Majesty 2– The Fantasy Kingdom Sim.

www.paradoxplaza.com

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