Toronto, Canada– January 7, 2009– Leading video game publisher Lighthouse Interactive and acclaimed developer Kerberos Productions continue to prove their commitment to the dedicated Sword of the Stars community, by releasing the second update (1.6.4) for A Murder of Crows (PC) to the public shortly after a surprise, early release to gaming fans on the Kerberos and Lighthouse messageboards.
The following key features are included in Update 1.6.4:
• Auto-pause feature added to single-player games.
• Added tech negotiation news event art.
• Fleet list can now be filtered by Flagship or Deep Scan.
• Slavers are back!
• Research bonus added for killing the VN grand menace.
• New avatars are available
• Morale bonus is now awarded when a grand menace is destroyed.
• Increased Cruiser and Dreadnought targeting manoeuvrability.
• Increased income from Q-ships.
• Added new controls to set ship or fleet facings… including Broadsides!
• Zuul alien language research now yields improved slave lifespans.
A Murder of Crows (PC) is the latest expansion to the highly acclaimed 4X space strategy game Sword of the Stars (PC). It is available for digital download at GamersGate.com and the Lighthouse Interactive webshop. Players are required to have either Sword of the Stars: Collector’s Edition or Born of Blood in order to play this new addition to the franchise.
To download Update 1.6.4 and view the complete feature list, visit:
Lighthouse Interactive is part of SilverBirch Inc.’s (SVB:TSXV) video game division.
While the four civilized races battle back the voracious Zuul and seek advantage over each other, a ghost from the past returns to the galaxy in the form of the manipulative Morrigi. Already known for their dark crow-shaped attack drones and deadly traps, this race once thought long extinct, returns looking for vengeance.
Using never-before-seen weapons, ships and tactics, the Morrigi fall upon the other five races of the Sword of the Stars universe, who must now adapt to the ancient masters of space or be destroyed.
Time is of the essence as world after world falls to the black winged ships that surge out of the dark like A Murder of Crows.
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About Kerberos Productions
Kerberos Productions is a gathering of seasoned video game developers, with over 35 years of collective experience, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Before forming their own company, the team was responsible in the development of both Homeworld: Cataclysm for Sierra and Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon for Disney Interactive. Team members have also worked on over a dozen hit games, including: Homeworld, Ground Control, Team Fortress, and Counterstrike. With an interest in games of all types, Kerberos intends to establish a reputation in the gaming industry by applying their experience against a high standard of strategy and action games. Kerberos is a unified group of industry veterans who do not just make video games… but play and understand them! www.kerberos-productions.com
About SilverBirch Inc.
Toronto-based SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV) is a leading digital company operating in the fastest growing sectors of the video game and mobile markets. The company’s video game operations include: SilverBirch Studios, a mobile and handheld video game developer; Lighthouse Interactive, publisher of interactive entertainment based in the Netherlands; and a co-venture with G4Box Inc. who operates licensed English language online multiplayer games. In its mobile division it provides mobile marketing services through Jambo Mobile Solutions and mobile content by way of an investment in CrossRoad Mobile. For more information, please visit www.silverbirchstudios.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