Haarlem, The Netherlands– September 23, 2008– Leading video game publisher Lighthouse Interactive, part of SilverBirch Inc.'s (SVB:TSXV) video game division, and developer Nitro Games, today revealed three impressive ships from their upcoming real-time strategy game East India Company. These never-before-seen print quality images feature the Cutter, East Indiaman, and Flute; just some of the warships and merchant vessels found in East India Company. In the 17th century, European powers dominated the highly profitable trade of silk, spices, tea, and other valuable imports. With mighty fleets and armies at their command, players will be challenged to build the World's greatest trading empire, ruling nations from Europe to the Far East. East India Company (PC) is scheduled for release across Europe in Q1 2009.
Download the images (both print quality and low resolutions) at: www.lighthouse-interactive.com
In the 17th century, European powers created East India companies– nations within nations that conquered cities, local towns, and villages to establish large commercial centres. In East India Company, you will assume the role of Governor Director of one of the East India Companies or other rival companies. There are eight nationalities to choose from: British, Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian or Spanish– with the goal of bringing new colonies and wealth, such as: tea, spices, gold, diamonds, and other precious cargo back to Europe, but you must dominate the other rival empires along the way. With mighty fleets and armies at your command, the power to choose between diplomacy or war is yours.
Starting modestly, you will build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and keep the rivalling nations at bay. Choose from an array of ship classes, types of transport, and military vessels: the Cutter, East Indiaman, Flute, Frigate, Ship of the Line or Xebec. Create different fleets and assign them to specific trading routes. Controlling well situated ports and upgrading them is one key to success.
Conflicts and wars are inevitable. When hostile fleets engage each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought at a real-time tactical level. Devastating broadsides are fired with a deafening roar and cannon balls tear through enemy ships and their crew. At a tactical level, you havedirect command over your ship and give independent orders to each of your other fleets. Create a trading empire that will rule above all others!
• Declare war on rival empires fought at a real-time tactical level
• Command ships and fleets independently
• Wage war on the vast open sea
• Sink your rivals' ship or board them to take control in bloody hand-to-hand combat
• Hire and manage your own crew
• Buy guns and ammo
• Repair and upgrade your ships at port
• Buy and sell goods
• Establish profitable trading routes
• Open diplomatic relations or declare war
• Negotiate tense political situations
• Lead the most powerful company in history
• Take over colonies and expand your empire
• Build a powerful fleet to rule the seas
• Conquer strategic ports
• Accomplish tasks ordered by your company or the Crown
Multiplayer (Internet or LAN) Features:
• Supports up to 8 simultaneous players
• Player statistics tracked on the EIC game server
• Raise your ranking by thwarting your opponents
• Head-to-head missions are a true test of strategic skill
About Nitro Games Ltd.
Nitro Games Ltd. (previously Encore Games based in Finland) is a newly founded subsidiary of Nitro FX Ltd. Nitro FX is a leading Finnish company in the digital media field. The company currently employs 60 professionals with a high level of expertise in programming, 3D animation and design. Entering the video game industry was a natural addition to company's portfolio. www.nitrogames.fi
About SilverBirch Inc.
Toronto-based SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV) is a fully integrated developer, publisher and distributor of high quality interactive media content and, through its Jambo Mobile division, provides mobile marketing and direct-to-consumer mobile content. In addition, the company is a multi-platform video game developer and operates an MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role-playing game) game called Metin 2 (see www.metin2.us). For more information, please visit www.silverbirchstudios.com and www.jambomobile.com.
About Lighthouse Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive, a division of SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV) is a fast growing publisher of interactive entertainment with offices established in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, Haarlem, The Netherlands and London, England. The company is focused on bringing strong titles to the worldwide market in a wide array of genres including: RPG, Simulation, Adventure, Action and Strategy. Staffed with industry veterans, Lighthouse is the right choice for developers looking to bring their products to a worldwide audience.
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