Haarlem, The Netherlands, September 13, 2007. Leading publisher Lighthouse Interactive and Dutch developer VSTEP today announced the release of a new FREE add-on and the Mission Editor to their hit sim game Ship Simulator 2008. The add-on contains many upgrades and an amazing amount of new content. The free add-on will upgrade the base game to version 1.1 and is available for download at www.shipsim.com. Ship Simulator 2008 was released for Windows® in July in the UK and Scandinavia by Lighthouse.
FREE ADD-ON v1.1 FEATURES:
• Mid-mission save function
• Two new player vessels: jet-ski and hovercraft
• Enhanced ship bridges with more interactive elements
• 20 new additional missions– Now 50 missions in total!
• A system for sinking ships during missions when damaged below the water line
• An advanced system for establishing ranks in different ship classes linked to the online player profile
• Setting a trajectory with waypoints in free-roaming mode by pointing-and-clicking on the game map
• Extended environments for Rotterdam and Hamburg harbours
• Option for dual-screen users (full chart on second monitor)
• Rating missions indicated by stars
In addition to the free add-on, VSTEP and Lighthouse Interactive today released the Mission Editor in a separate download. The Mission Editor is available in English only, but can be used in combination with Ship Simulator 2008 in any language. The Mission Editor includes an English PDF Manual which explains all features and functionalities.
VSTEP's Producer, Pjotr van Schothorst said, "After the UK release of the game in July, the large community flooded us with positive reactions, as well as suggestions. We take our users very seriously and went to work on this huge content upgrade to fulfil the requests on our users' wish lists. We also added a couple of fast and exciting vessels to this add-on, which may expand the player base beyond the realm of pure simulation and ship lovers."
Erik Schreuder, Lighthouse Interactive CEO added, "This is an uncanny amount of free stuff that is being releasedfor an already awesome simulation game. We continue to prove to our customers that we are in this game for the long run and we promise there is much more to come!"
To download the add-on, please visit the lighthouse interactive homepage here:
A brand new video showcasing features in the new add-on is now available at http://www.vstepvideos.com/ShipSim2008/video/SS08_Promo_v11_1024x768_3Mbps.wmv
and new screenshots highlighting the new ship bridges can be found at http://www.vstepvideos.com/ShipSim2008/add-on1.1.
Ship Simulator is a revolutionary simulation game that puts players at the helm of some of the mostvaried and detailed ships to be found at sea. Players will need to perform a multitude of tasks; all set within a stunning 3D environment, taking control of a wide array of ship types– from massive cargo ships and ferries, to speedboats, yachts, water taxis and even the mighty Titanic. The waters you sail are as varied as the ships, with newly added harbours such as Southampton, Marseille and San Francisco. Ship Simulator 2008 will amaze you with its progress and will rock your simulated world!
Lighthouse will be releasing Ship Simulator 2008 in France, Spain and Italy on September 28, 2007 (a version that already includes the free add on).
VSTEP develops professional simulators for fire-fighters and nautical training. Since its inception in 2002, VSTEP has completed 32 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. In 2006, VSTEP amazed the simulation community with its revolutionary Ship Simulator game. www.vstep.nl
About Lighthouse Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive is a fast growing publisher of interactive entertainment with offices in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Montreal, Canada and London, England. Lighthouse's titles include the critically acclaimed adventure title Keepsake, the surprise sim hit Ship Simulator 2008 and the award winning 4x space strategy hybrid Sword of the Stars. Staffed with industry veterans and with offices in key locations around the world, 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