Haarlem, The Netherlands– September 24, 2008– Today leading video game Publisher Lighthouse Interactive and accomplished developer Kerberos Productions, announced that A Murder of Crows, the latest expansion to their highly acclaimed 4X space strategy game Sword of the Stars (PC) franchise, has gone gold. In addition to the debut of the Morrigi (the sixth new race in the Sword of the Stars universe) new ships, sections, and weapons are available for the Human, Zuul, Hiver, Liir, and Tarkas races, which brings a competitive and fresh style of gameplay to the series. A Murder of Crows will begin hitting store shelves across the United Kingdom on October 10, 2008 and is currently available for pre-order at GamersGate.com. Players are required to have either Sword of the Stars: Collector's Edition or Born of Blood to join in the action.
"This new expansion exemplifies Kerberos' continued commitment to the vast and dedicated SotS community," said Steve Wall, Vice President Business Development at Lighthouse Interactive. "Fans will revel in the dynamic new gameplay they're about to experience. For those new to the SotS universe, we encourage you to check out the teaser we released this week and visit the official website. This IS the game for space strategy fans, so you don't miss it!"
Six never-before-seen screenshots accompany this press release. Download them at: www.lighthouse-interactive.com
Lighthouse Interactive is part of SilverBirch Inc.'s (SVB:TSXV) video game division.
While the four civilized races battle back the voracious Zuul and seek advantage over each other, a ghost from the past returns to the galaxy in the form of the manipulative Morrigi. Already known for their dark crow-shaped attack drones and deadly traps, this race once thought long extinct, returns looking for vengeance.
Using never-before-seen weapons, ships and tactics, the Morrigi fall upon the other five races of the Sword of the Stars universe, who must now adapt to the ancient masters of space or be destroyed.
Time is of the essence as world after world falls to the black winged ships that surge out of the dark like A Murder of Crows.
• A New Sixth race– The Morrigi, who appeared as a series of mysterious random events in Born of Blood (the first Sword of the Stars expansion pack), continues to evolve the ever-expanding Sword of the Stars universe
• New Ship Sections - Over a dozen new ship sections for all races to match against your opponents
• Unique 'Grav Flock' Drive System for Morrigi Ships– The more Morrigi ships in a fleet, the faster they can travel, continuing the racial diversity unique to the Sword of the Stars gameplay experience
• 15 new weapons
• 27 new technologies and the new Xeno-Cultural and Drones tech trees
• Sword of the Stars gameplay continues to deepen with Civilian populations, independent worlds, Espionage options, and demands for planetary surrender
• Drone carrying ships in all three size classes
• Construction ships, a variety of orbital stations, spy ships, Police Cutters, and more
• A whole new set of GUI enhancements and additions
RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
OS: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista™
CPU: 2.5 GHz Intel® Pentium® or equivalent AMD® processor
RAM: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended for Windows® Vista™)
Video: DirectX® 9 compliant video card with 256 MB RAM
PC CD/DVD-ROM: 4x speed
Available Hard Disk Space: 4 GB
Sound: DirectX® 8.1 compatible sound card
Multiplayer: High-speed Internet connection
Other: Mouse, Keyboard, and Sound Speakers
About Kerberos Productions
Kerberos Productions is a gathering of seasoned video game developers, with over 35 years of collective experience, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Before forming their own company, the team was responsible in the development of both Homeworld: Cataclysm for Sierra and Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon for Disney Interactive. Team members have also worked on over a dozen hit games, including: Homeworld, Ground Control, Team Fortress, and Counterstrike. With an interest in games of all types, Kerberos intends to establish a reputation in the gaming industry by applying their experience against a high standard of strategy and action games. Kerberos is a unified group of industry veterans who do not just make video games… but play and understand them! www.kerberos-productions.com
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.
Tel: +31 23 540 9449