EXPERIENCE THE SINISTER SETTING OF DRACULA'S LAIR AS THE HUNT FOR TRANSYLVANIA'S MYSTERIOUS MENACE BEGINS

News release

24th April 2008

Dracula: Origin is the dark and chilling new adventure game for the PC, released in May 2008 from Ascaron Entertainment and Focus Home Interactive. Take on the role of vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing, in a fearsome quest to hunt down Dracula.

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s novel

Dracula: Origin is inspired by the world imagined by author Bram Stoker, with a rich storyline taking you from London to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. The game puts you in the role of the infamous Van Helsing, who must kill Dracula before he raises the dead. Other characters from the novel who also feature in the game are Mina Murray and her fiancé Jonathan Harker, who has suspiciously disappeared.

Puzzling gameplay

Use Point&Click gameplay to explore the many gothic settings, solving puzzles and collecting clues to progress through the game. Challenges range from painting with blood, rearranging gothic carvings to open locked pathways, and solving word puzzles. Think outside the box to progress; use alcohol to distract a monk and steal his clothes as a disguise, or create a makeshift key to open a secret door.

Stunning graphics

The world of Dracula: Origin is reproduced through immensely detailed graphics, set in realistic gothic environments. Engage with the animated 3D characters in the atmospheric surroundings to become thoroughly immersed throughout the game.

Prevent Dracula from finding and using a manuscript that will give him the power to raise the dead. Then kill him in order to liberate the souls of all those who have perished in his path. Good luck on your dark and deadly quest…

Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment / Focus Home Interactive

Web: www.Ascaron.com / www.Dracula-Origin.com

Developer: Frogware Studio

Release date: May 2008

Price:£19.99

PEGI: 12+ (Expected)

Format: PC

Genre: Point&Click Adventure

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 and SACRED.

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 and Blitzkrieg seriesof games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, TrackMania United, and City Life 2008.

www.ascaron.com

About Focus Home Interactive

Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is a French publishing and distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity, quality and originality of its catalogue, Focus now publishes and distributes many of its titles throughout Europe and also world-wide in both boxed retail and digital distribution formats. The last five years have been very successful for Focus in France, with many of its PC licenses becoming top-sellers. Focus has also published several original titles, including the adventure game Runaway, the renowned Cycling Manager and the much-loved TrackMania. The coming months will be exciting and full of surprises with the release of high-quality games such as Blood Bowl, TrackMania DS, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Sherlock Holmes and sport games dedicated to major events such as the America’s Cup or the Tour de France.

www.focus-home.com

For further press information please contact:

Sarah Holden / Stephen Denton

Media Safari

T: +44 (0)1225 731388

E: sarahh@mediasafari.co.uk / stephend@mediasafari.co.uk


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