SACRED 2– Fallen Angel&The Immortal Bards "Blind Guardian"

For immediate release

Basingstoke, July 2008 - Fantasy metal band“Blind Guardian” flex their artistic muscles in Action RPG SACRED 2– Fallen Angel.

Blind Guardian revealed today that not only are they starring in SACRED 2– Fallen Angel as part of the actual questing, but they have also performed an exclusive song for the game. Blind Guardian helped to design their individual in-game musical instruments as well, which have now been immortalized in the world of Ancaria along with actual in-game characters of the Blind Guardian band members.

New photos are now available, taken during the motion capture session in Budapest by top art outsourcing studio 3D Brigade. Alongside the photos is an in-depth interview with the band, in-game renders of the band and their instruments, and the exciting new SACRED 2– Fallen Angel trailer packed with in-game footage and featuring the new song, ending with the in-game characterization of Blind Guardian lead singer Hansi Kursch.

By completing the“Blind Guardian” quest in the game, players will be able to experience the thrill of a“Blind Guardian” concert by the motion-captured Bards performing their new song "live" for the player in the world of Ancaria.

In SACRED 2– Fallen Angel players can explore the vast open world of Ancaria, with breathtaking graphics free from laborious loading times. SACRED 2– Fallen Angel will captivate players with its dynamic storyline, which the players can choose to experience down the path of either light or shadow.

Blind Guardian front man, Hansi Kursch, said“For us it’s been fantastic, not only have we been immortalized through motion capture in the epic fantasy saga that is Sacred 2, but we got to design our own fantasy musical instruments, which has to be every bard’s dream.”

Gabor Kadi, CEO of 3D Brigade commented, "The honour of working with Blind Guardian was really the crowning of our extremely fruitful cooperation with Ascaron. After providing almost 500 engine-ready 3D assets for SACRED 2, including characters, armour sets, buildings, weapons, shields, amulets and other equipment, the fact that Ascaron entrusted us with the in-game models of the band members clearly shows that modern game development rivals Hollywood not only by embracing top talent, but by bravely implementing creative processes which are traditional in the world of movie-making, yet still somewhat emergent in our industry." Kadi added, "If you dream about big things, your partners must understand and share your vision and passion. Ascaron was not gambling - for a professional production, Ascaron has chosen a professional collaboration: Blind Guardian and 3D Brigade."

SACRED 2– Fallen Angel will be on show at this year’s Games Convention in Leipzig. For further details about SACRED 2– Fallen Angel, Blind Guardian and 3D Brigade, please contact your local PR representative.

SACRED 2– Fallen Angel releases in 2008 on PC, PS3™ and Microsoft Xbox 360 across all major territories in time for the festive season.

Associated links:

Watch the latest“SACRED 2– Fallen Angel” trailer featuring Blind Guardian:

www.sacred2.com/en/media/trailer.html

Download the Blind Guardian Press Package:

(Includes interview with the band, motion capture session photos, renders…)

http://download.ascaron.com/sacred2/packages/blindguardian_presspack.zip

Blind Guardian homepage: www.blind-guardian.com

3D Brigade homepage: www.3dbrigade.com

SACRED 2– Fallen Angel homepage: www.sacred2.com

Product information at a glance:

Title: SACRED 2– Fallen Angel

Publisher: Deep Silver

Developer: Ascaron Studio II

Genre: Action RPG

System: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Release: 2008

For further information, please contact:

Koch Media / Deep Silver

Koch Media– Munich Koch Media– UK

Martin Metzler, Senior PR Manager Europe Paul Bartholomew, PR Executive UK

Phone: +49 (0)89 24 245 123 Phone: +44 (0) 870 027 6530

Email: m.metzler@kochmedia.com Email: p.bartholomew@kochmedia.com

ASCARON Entertainment GmbH PR Agentur Indigo Pearl

Torsten Meier, International PR Manager Nils Kedeinis

Phone: +49 (0)331 740 368 19 Phone: +49 (0)40 25 33 02 70

Email: t.meier@ascaron.com Email: nk@indigopearl.de

General information on SACRED/SACRED 2:

Released in 2004 exclusively for PC CD-ROM and selling more than 2 million copies SACRED is one of the most successful Action RPG's worldwide. Developed in-house by Ascaron the title was published and distributed by Take 2 Interactive. With SACRED 2 Ascaron is currently working on the official sequel to the best-selling SACRED.

General information on ASCARON Entertainment GmbH:

Ascaron Entertainment GmbH is one of the pioneers in the development of computer games. It is also one of the leading developers of computer games in Germany and has been prominent in the sales charts for more than a decade with titles such as Patrician, ANSTOSS, Vermeer, Port Royale, DarkStar One and the original SACRED. Ascaron is headquartered in Gütersloh, Germany, and maintains an office in Potsdam, a development studio in Aachen, Germany, as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Currently, Ascaron markets its products in more than 30 countries.

About KOCH MEDIA

Founded by Franz Koch and Klemens Kundratitz in 1994, Koch Media is a leading production and marketing company for digital entertainment products in Europe. The company focuses on publishing and licensing software products, games and films on DVD. Koch Media's sales, marketing and distribution activities cover the whole of Europe, and the company has achieved strategic cooperation agreements with numerous software and games manufacturers: G-Data, JoWooD, Lexware, Pinnacle, Square-Enix, Sunflowers, Ulead, etc. While Koch Media's head office is situated in Planegg, near Munich, the company also maintains further branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

More information: http://www.kochmedia.com and http://www.deepsilver.com

About DEEP SILVER

Deep Silver is KOCH Media's premium games label. Deep Silver has been collaborating with international developers and publishers since 2002 to publish creative and innovative computer and video games. The multi-award-winning X2 and the daring Singles have already put Deep Silver at the top of the charts. Pipeline projects include co-publishing titles with Sunflowers (ANNO 1701, ParaWorld) and JoWooD (SpellForce 2, Gothic 3, etc). www.deepsilver.com

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