AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - Sept. 2, 2009 - 505 Games, in collaboration with 1C Company, today announced that the demo for IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey has reached a combined one million downloads on Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3. The game will release in North America on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 for Xbox 360™ and PLAYSTATION®3, and on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 on Nintendo DS and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.
"One million demo downloads clearly showcases undeniable interest in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey among gamers," said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games U.S. "With the amount of attention paid to every detail of this title, from environments based on a hybrid of period maps and satellite data to our powerful tangible damage effects engine to audio recorded from vintage aircraft, we're thrilled that so many players are eager to play this year's most authentic World War II flight combat game."
In IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, players engage in the most famous confrontations of the European front, piloting fighters or heavy bombers across a range of missions. There are six theatres of war in which to engage - The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and Korsun - representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe.
Taking environmental and landscape visuals to new heights by incorporating satellite technology, IL-2 also boasts a tangible damage effects engine. Players will see real-time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dogfights. IL-2 will support up to 16 players in multiplayer aerial combat set across four scenarios - Dogfight, Team Battle, Strike and Capture the Airfield.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey will be published by 505 Games in collaboration with 1C Company, and will be available in North America on September 8, 2009 for Xbox 360 and PS3, and on September 15 for DS and PSP. For the latest information, visit the official Web site at http://www.il2game.com or follow IL-2 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IL2BirdsOfPrey.
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About 505 Games
505 Games, headquartered in Milton Keynes is dedicated to the publishing and international distribution of full price, mid-range and budget computer and videogames in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) markets and Australia. The current portfolio includes the best selling games Cooking Mama, ArmA: Armed Assault, Bust-a-Move and Armored Core and covers all gaming platforms, including next generation consoles like Sony PlayStation® 3, Nintendo Wii™ and Microsoft Xbox 360™. For More information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.co.uk.
About 1C Company
1C Company specializes in distribution, publishing and development of business, entertainment and educational software. Founded in 1991, 1C has become the largest publisher and distributor of computer and video games in Eastern and Central Europe. 1C Company is widely acknowledged as a game developer and has several internal studios. Internal developments of 1C include IL-2 Sturmovik series and Theatre of War. 1C Company works as a publisher and producer with over 30 independent development studios and has produced over 100 projects for PC and consoles including titles like Space Rangers, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, Men of War, Perimeter, Fantasy Wars, Elven Legacy, Death to Spies, King's Bounty: The Legend. For more information, please visit www.1cpublishing.com.
About Gaijin Entertainment
Gaijin Entertainment specializes in creation of games for various platforms (PC/PS3/Xbox 360) and also gives much attention to technology-related research work which provides attraction and applicability to the company's solutions in changeable IT market conditions. At the moment Gaijin team is represented by six departments and over sixty highly qualified employees. The company's projects have received a range of mass media and game industry awards including a few Russian Game developers conference "Best simulator", "Best game for next-gen consoles" (IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey / PS3, X-box 360), "Best technologies" for Dagor Engine™, "Best sound" and many more.