Haarlem, The Netherlands - March 20, 2008 - Leading computer software publisher Lighthouse Interactive and Dutch developer VSTEP are proud to announce that the next incarnation for their successful Ship Simulator franchise: the official Ship Simulator 2008 add-on: New Horizons has gone gold.
The Dutch duo confirmed the eagerly awaited game is ready to set sail on retail shelves on the 4th of April, 2008 in the UK and Scandinavia. Release dates for other European countries and North-America are to be determined. This new edition to the popular franchise is packed with upgrades and is Windows® Vista™ compatible.
Erik Schreuder, CEO of Lighthouse Interactive: "The Ship Simulator series has already generated a large community of Ship Sim fans. They will now be able to extend their naval experience with the official Ship Simulator 2008 Add-on: New Horizons. There are so many improved elements to the game that make this a challenging true-to-life experience– everyone interested in simulator games should really check this out."
VSTEP's CTO Pjotr van Schothorst: "After months of intensive development and testing, we are proud about New Horizons reaching gold status. With its brand new features, improved visuals and added gameplay options, New Horizons provides an exciting addition to Ship Simulator 2008 and will surprise Simulation fans worldwide. New Horizons is the next step in creating an even more immersive experience for our Ship Simulator fans."
This press release is accompanied by six screenshots from the game. To download these assets visit: ftp://ftp.lighthouse-interactive.com.
About the game
Challenge your friends online with New Horizons. Try your hand at sailing a luxury cruise liner&a classic yacht or feel the impact of the waves as you guide your fishing vessel home through a storm! New Horizons offers new highly realistic environments and adds eight exciting new vessels for your sailing pleasure. Includes 20 all-new missions and free roaming multiplayer mode too! The add-on will require the original game to run and will automatically upgrade any version of Ship Simulator 2008 with all previous updates and patches.
KEY FEATURES 'Ship Simulator 2008 Add-on: New Horizons'
• Online multiplayer free-roaming action, including towing.
• Eight new vessels for Ship Simulator 2008, including a modern harbour tug with advanced azimuth thrusters and a push boat with 4 different cargo barges.
• Brand new sailing area - Cornwall (Padstow), England, built with advanced visuals and bump mapping technology.
• 20 new missions, involving the new vessels and the new environment.
• Unlimited gameplay: in-game downloading of new missions.
• Option to connect and disconnect barges to the push boat in-game.
• New walkthrough options: explore the push boat's highly detailed engine room.
VSTEP develops professional simulators for fire-fighters, train drivers, safety officers, and nautical training. Since its initiation in 2002, VSTEP has completed over 30 training simulators for customers like the Royal Dutch Navy, the Port of Rotterdam, Falck/Nutec, and the Dutch Railways. VSTEP's experience and core technology from these projects has been adapted to deliver a "true to their roots" simulator for the home PC user. www.vstep.nl
About Lighthouse Interactive
LighthouseInteractive Game Publishing B.V. 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