ULTIMATE BATTLE STRATEGY ANTHOLOGY UNLEASHES WORLD WAR II, THE COLD WAR AND ARMAGEDDON

8th December 2008

The Hearts of Iron II Collection is the definitive battle strategy pack for PC due for release early next year by Ascaron Entertainment. The collection contains Hearts of Iron II plus the Doomsday and Armageddon expansion packs, covering World War II and the Cold War to provide a value for money gaming experience for all war gaming enthusiasts.

Hearts of Iron II

Set during World War II, Hearts of Iron II provides challenging and innovative gameplay in detailed historical accuracy. Players can command any World War II frontline as one of 175 countries, experiencing famous events such as the D-Day landing and Operation Barbarossa. As well as mastering battle tactics, combat techniques and technological research, players have access to an extensive global map and can interact with 12,500 historical military and political leaders brought to life through authentic portraits and different methods of war.

Doomsday

The stand-alone expansion pack Doomsday enables players to relive a realistic depiction of the Allies and Axis conflict in the early years of the Cold War. New campaigns include a US/USSR invasion of Japan that allows players to command Cold War military elements such as attack helicopters, nuclear submarines, H-bombs, rocketry and jet aircraft. Espionage also plays an important role in the game, as strategically placed intelligence units can steal nuclear technology to provide their nation with the atomic edge.

Armageddon

Booster pack Armageddon offers further campaigns, Abyss and Armageddon, while also including a‘what if’ scenario based on an alternative world map to what is known today. Players can take command as the US, Japan, Germany, Italy, Argentina and South Africa, providing hours of varied gameplay. Armageddon also features upgraded units, giving ships improved radar and fire control; and air raid defences new damage systems to allow them to fight for longer.

The Hearts of Iron II Collection will be released early next year by Ascaron Entertainment.

Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment

Web: www.ascaron.com

Developer: Paradox Interactive

Release date: Q1 2009

PEGI: 3+

Format: PC

Genre: Battle Strategy

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 Blitzkriegseries of games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, TrackMania United, and City Life 2008.

www.ascaron.com

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