Haarlem, The Netherlands– August 12, 2008– Leading videogame publisher Lighthouse Interactive, part of SilverBirch Inc.'s (SVB:TSXV) video game division, and developer Arberth Studios of West Wales, proudly announce that their dark mythological Adventure game, Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches (PC) will be releasing across Europe (excluding: Italy, Greece and Russia) in Q4 2008. Based on the gripping tales of the Mabinogion, a collection of eleven prose stories from medieval Welsh manuscripts, Rhiannon is deep rooted in Celtic mythology. This chilling first-person, point-and-click adventure follows the present day haunting of a lonely teenage girl named Rhiannon, as she unwillingly enters a world filled with supernatural phenomena, magic, myths and horror. Six screenshots accompany this press release.
"Arberth Studios has crafted an instant classic with their blend of Welsh myths and legends told through a truly terrifying storyline," said Erik Schreuder, President of Lighthouse Interactive. "Rhiannon is sure to bring chills to gamers across Europe."
"We're delighted to be working with Lighthouse Interactive," comments Arberth Studios' Noel Bruton. "The company has a strong history of bringing games in this genre to European players. We have many Lighthouse titles on our own playing shelves, so we're proud to see Rhiannon joining such an illustrious portfolio andbeing backed by such a capable and enthusiastic team."
To download the 6 screenshots, visit: www.lighthouse-interactive.com
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches is set on the Celtic fringes of Britain; a place where myth and magic spill into reality, threatening the sanity of a teenage girl named Rhiannon Sullivan. An ancient battle for revenge engulfs Ty Pryderi, the remote Welsh farmstead Rhiannon now calls home. She begins to hear unexplained noises, see disturbing visions, and experience other chilling paranormal phenomena. There is an ancient evil lurking in the walls of Ty Pryderi that holds a terrible connection to a timeless struggle between man and magic fabled in the Mabinogion Legends. Her parents take Rhiannon away, leaving Ty Pryderi to your watch and exploration, but their absence can only postpone the inevitability of revenge and death. Unless you can stop it!
• Set in present day, the plot draws from ancient Welsh myths and legends
• Explore the haunted Welsh farmstead, from the imposing house, to its extensive grounds and buildings
• First-person, point-and-click with approximately 20 to 30 hours of largely non-linear gameplay
• Involved, multi-threaded plot
• Features classic themes such as: magic, paranormal phenomena and technology
• Interact with a comprehensive inventory of nearly 200 items
• 1024x768 full-screen graphics
• Engaging and unusual challenges, mostly plot and inventory-driven
• A haunting musical score will send chills up your spine
• Solid chapter structure to the compelling and ultimately uplifting story
About Arberth Studios
Arberth Studios is an independent computer games developer based in rural West Wales on the Celtic fringe of Britain. The company specializes in the point-and-click adventure genre, a genre enjoying a strong surge of renewed popularity. With Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches due for release in 2008, Arberth Studios already has additional titles on the drawing board.
About SilverBirch Inc.
Toronto-based SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV) is a fully integrated developer, publisher and distributor of high quality interactive media content and, through its Jambo Mobile division, provides mobile marketing and direct-to-consumer mobile content. In addition, the company is a multi-platform video game developer and operates an MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game) game called Metin 2 (see www.metin2.us). For more information, please visit www.silverbirchstudios.com and www.jambomobile.com.
About Lighthouse Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive, a division of SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV) is a fast growing publisher of interactive entertainment with offices established in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, Haarlem, The Netherlands and London, England. The company is focused on bringing strong titles to the worldwide market in a wide array of genres including: RPG, Simulation, Adventure, Action and Strategy. Staffed with industry veterans, Lighthouse is the right choice for developers looking to bring their products to a worldwide audience. www.lighthouse-interactive.com
Tel: +31 23 540 9449