Koch Media Announces Distribution Agreement for S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat in UK, Nordic and Italy

Basingstoke, UK, January 5th, 2010

Koch Media, a leading distributor and publisher of video games today announced their partnership with bitComposer Games to distribute the forthcoming title S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat in the UK, Nordic and Italian markets, while also confirming that the game will be available to buy in those territories on February 5th 2010.

“After the distribution success we saw with S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our involvement with the franchise through bitComposer and Call of Pripyat” states Craig McNicol, Managing Director, Koch Media UK.

“We look forward to working with Koch Media and anticipate a very successful release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat”, says Wolfgang Duhr, Director of bitComposer Games.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat takes PC gamers once again into the deadly area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion of 1986. Cordoned off by the military, this highly contaminated "Zone" is scoured by treasure hunters known as STALKERS, who search the wasted lands for unique artifacts. In the role of Agent Alexander Degtyarev, players must go undercover as a S.T.A.L.K.E.R., to investigate the mysterious disappearance of five military helicopters while facing off against various S.T.A.L.K.E.R. factions.

Using the time-tested X-Ray graphic engine developed by GSC, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat skillfully combines first-person shooter action with role-playing elements in a realistic post-atomic world now with DirectX11 support. The grim realities of this deadly environment are underscored by the many desolate industrial ruins, reproduced using aerial pictures and the developers' own photographs. Mutants, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. groups, and lethal anomalies are everywhere, posing a constant threat to the player. The thrilling story is advanced through numerous quests, taking gamers through such diverse areas as a secret military base, the Jupiter factory site, and the city of Pripyat. The player decides how far to explore and which tasks they undertake– freedom determines the game play. Other S.T.A.L.K.E.R. groups respond to the player in a friendly or hostile manner, depending on the group to which they belong. In this ever-dangerous world, the player is supported by various weapon systems and upgrades, as well as several types of equipment.

About Koch Media

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and movies on DVD). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous software and games manufacturers: Kaspersky Labs, Nero, Cyberlink, PC Tools, Net Nanny, Cakewalk, Gotham New Media, AVG Technologies, Eleco, Mr Site, Braingame, Mindscape, Slitherine, RTL, Blade Interactive etc. Headquartered in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the USA. www.kochmedia.com

About bitComposer Games GMBH

Based in Eschborn, Germany, bitComposer Games is an independent publishing company specializing in PC and video games. The team focuses on national and international marketing of entertainment products for the PC, consoles, and handhelds. bitComposer Games works with experienced development teams and service providers in the implementation of their own projects, licensed products, and contract productions. More information on bitComposer Games can be found at www.bit-composer.com.

About GSC GAME WORLD

Founded in Kiev in 1995, GSC Game World is Ukraine’s leading computer game development company. Projects that have been developed and launched by GSC Game World include Cossacks: European Wars, Cossacks: The Art of War, Cossacks; Back to War, American Conquest, American Conquest: Fight Back, Alexander (Oliver Stone’s movie tie-in), and Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars, among others. Titles recently released by GSC Game World include Heroes of Annihilated Empires (self-published worldwide), as well as the best-selling S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. Currently, the team is developing a stand-alone expansion, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, for PC. Official web site: www.gsc-game.com

Press Contact: Suzanne Panter

Koch Media Ltd Tel: 0870 027 6534

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