New York, NY December 15, 2009—Viva Media and bitcomposer games announced today that they signed a North American publishing deal for S.T.A.L.K.E.R CALL OF PRIPYAT. Beckoning players to enter the Zone, Viva Media’s latest release clearly marks the publisher’s stake in yet another category of PC gaming.
Viva Media CEO Carlo Voelker commented,“S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat is the third in the highly successful Shooter/RPG franchise developed by GSC Game World. The game opens up a dark world where players can immerse themselves into a gripping storyline full of action and suspense.”
bitComposer CEO Wolfgang Duhr stated,““We look forward to working with Viva Media and anticipate a very successful release in the US for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat.” The game is slated to launch in North America on February 2, 2010.
ABOUT THE GAME:
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 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.S., 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. 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. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is one of the first PC games that supports DirectX®11 technology.
About bitComposer Games
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. Visit the official web site at: www.gsc-game.com
About Viva Media:
Viva Media LLC is a New York based company dedicated to publishing a wide array of interactive content of the highest standards. The company's collection of over 150 games boasts more than 100 awards for excellence in publishing. Recent releases include Grand Ages Rome, the wildly popular Crazy Machines series, the Learn to Play Chess series based on the world's #1 chess software engine, the renowned car racing simulation games RACE, GTR Evolution, RACE ON and a variety of casual games including the best seller, Treasure Masters, Inc. For more information about Viva media, please visit www.viva-media.com