GRAND AGES: ROME, meet the families!

Worms / Bracknell, 16th February 2009

Kalypso Media today release details of the five Roman families featured in their upcoming Roman epic, GRAND AGES: ROME. GRAND AGES: ROME is the sequel to Kalypso Media’s city building strategy game Imperium Romanum, a top 10 European hit title. Previous players of Imperium Romanum will not be disappointed with GRAND AGES: ROME’s massively updated graphics, more complex combat and a wealth of new features to please new and old fans alike. GRAND AGES: ROME gives the player the opportunity to rule the greatest empire the world had ever known. Is there an Emperor within you?

The character you choose to play can belong to one of five families. Your choice of family is important to your future strategy, as like in life, families have character traits which lead to both strengths and weaknesses.

The Five Families

The Aemilii are born soldiers, not afraid to resort to unpopular actions in time of crisis. Their iron resolve and decisiveness brought them the recognition and loyalty of the militant Equites. Cold-blooded and merciless, the Aemilii always find a way out.

Motto: The end justifies the means

The Valerii are skillful merchants and control the largest trade network in the Republic. While their contacts are hard to trace through time, a well-placed bribe and favors from distant connections are the main tools for achieving their goals.

Motto: Throw enough money at a problem and it will go away

The Lucii are crafters and workers and have the reputation for being able to produce large quantities of any commodity in the shortest time. Their taskmasters make excellent use of slave workforce, often basing major enterprises on slave labor. The abundance of goods and slaves allows the house to accomplish even the hardest of projects with ease.

Motto: Work hard, seize the rewards

Sophisticated and refined, the Flavii are the ideal young nobles often aspired to. Lavish lifestyle, strong connections, and devotion to knowledge describe the family quite well. Some prominent family members have taken keen interests in philosophy and history, which has caused many famed scholars to regard the Flavii as their patrons.

Motto: Knowledge is power

Holding vast amounts of fertile land, the Julii have helped solve Rome’s problems with starvation on several occasions. But the real power of the family is their ability to bend the plebs to their needs. As a rule, a member of the Julii will accomplish his goals with the support of the crowd, cheered by the common people while doing so.

Motto: Bread and circuses

The developers of Grand Ages: Rome are Haemimont Games.

About Kalypso Media

Specialising in the publishing of interactive media– primarily computer games - Kalypso Media was founded in summer 2006 by industry veterans Simon Hellwig and Stefan Marcinek. A year later, the sister company Kalypso Media UK Ltd. was opened in England and is now led by Andrew Johnson and Charlie Barrett, two experienced members of the Kalypso Media Group management team.

About Haemimont Games

Haemimont Games is an independent games development team brought together by a common passion: to thrill, engage and provoke gamers worldwide. Since 1997, the studio has developed eight original titles with numerous add-ons. It is currently working on "Grand Ages: Rome" and "Tropico 3" among others. More information on the company can be found by visiting www.haemimontgames.com.

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Chaloner Associates Ltd

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