KEEP PACE WITH TOUR DE FRANCE 2008 WITH NEW CYCLING GAME

9th July 2008

Cycling’s biggest tournament, the Tour De France, started on July 5th with the world’s best cyclists battling through the 22 day race. Cycling fans can get a unique insight into the epic competition with Pro Cycling Manager– Tour De France 2008. This is the latest version of the popular racing management game for PC and PSP, available now from www.Amazon.co.uk, www.play.com, GAME and all good retailers.

Aspiring sports managers must build the best team and implement strategically sound race tactics throughout their own Tour de France, as they mastermind a bid for the prestigious yellow jersey. Players are in charge of every aspect from start to finish, including selecting the best riders and setting training schedules to prepare the team for the arduous race ahead.

Once the tour begins, the team of cyclists has to be guided through the 21 stages and 2000 miles of gruelling competitive racing. Starting in Brest, the stages make up a round trip of France, including races through Nantes, Toulouse and the famous Alpe D’Huez. Cyclists will finish the three week stint with the traditional loop around the historic Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Highly detailed rider models and animations combine for a realistic environment that accurately recreates buildings and tracks, giving players and fans a chance to experience the most famous cycle race in the world.

Watch the trailer here

http://www.cycling-manager.com/pcm2008/trailer_int

Visit http://www.cycling-manager.com for more information.

Sales Information for Pro Cycling Manager– Tour De France 2008

Available from: www.Amazon.co.uk, www.play.com, GAME and all good retailers

Distributed by: Ascaron Entertainment

Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment / 93GAMES

Web: www.ascaron.com / www.cycling-manager.com

Developer: Cyanide

Release date: 27th June 2008

PEGI: 3+

Format: PC / PSP

Genre: Management / Racing

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, Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle and TrackMania United. www.ascaron.com

About 93GAMES

Founded in 1996, 93GAMES is a French publishing and distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity, quality and originality of its catalogue, 93GAMES 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 93GAMES in France, with many of its PC licenses becoming top-sellers. 93GAMES 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.

http://www.focus-home.com

About Cyanide

Cyanide is a French game development studio, based in the Paris region. It currently employs forty people. Best known for its sport management sims Cycling Manager and Pro Rugby Manager, Cyanide broke the mould in the heroic-fantasy universe with its 2004 release of Chaos League, Loki and currently works on the video game adaptation of Games Workshop's famous board game: Blood Bowl.

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