Haarlem, The Netherlands– October 7, 2008– Today leading video game publisher Lighthouse Interactive and developer G5 Software proudly announced that WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger (PC), their interactive and exhilarating multiplayer tank simulation game, has achieved Gold Master status. Following in the footsteps of their massively successful Ship Simulator series, Lighthouse is confident that WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger will impress simulation fans with yet another high quality and genre-defining simulation game.
"The team at Lighthouse strives to provide fresh content for different segments within the gaming community," said Erik Schreuder, President of Lighthouse Interactive. "Partnering with G5 Software to bring T-34 vs. Tiger to market has given us the opportunity to offer a stimulating new experience that invigorates the simulation genre. The multiplayer component will further compliment the game's realism and bring a whole new level of gameplay to the forefront."
Players will experience the power of some of the most advanced tank weaponry of its time, as they battle the enemy head on during critical World War 2 campaigns. Its historically accurate representations of environments and vehicles (interiors and exteriors), realistic physics, and Internet and LAN multiplayer gameplay for up to sixteen players, promises to engage simulation fans in true-to-life tank warfare.
WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger for Windows® will begin storming retail shelves across Europe and digital download sites, including: GamersGate.com and TotalGaming.net beginning October 24, 2008.
Accompanying this press release are six never-seen-before screenshots. Download them at: www.lighthouse-interactive.com.
Lighthouse Interactive is part of SilverBirch Inc.'s (SVB:TSXV) video game division.
WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger takes place in Belarus during the summer of 1944, in which the Soviet Union launched 'Operation Bagration', the Belarusian offensive, against the retreating German Wehrmacht. After Kursk, this was the most significant struggle of the two tank armies that resulted in the complete destruction of the German Army Group Centre and the Soviet recapture of all territories within their 1941 borders.
Experience the battlefield from within the Russian T-34 and the German 'Tiger' tanks, with fully animated 3D interiors and playable Driver, Gunner, and Commander positions. The tanks' dynamics include: realistic physics, accurate ballistics, and elaborate damage models. Interior models feature historically accurate gun-sight optics.
The vast Belarusian landscape of the early 20th century– with its rolling hills, villages, and large forests– was carefully recreated from historical reference photos and maps. The rich battlefield environment features AI controlled Russian and German tanks, infantry, armoured-personnel carriers, anti-tank guns, and airplanes.
Stunning special effects such as: explosions, fires, and smoke, and the ability to completely destroy vehicles and buildings, all combine to create a lifelike combat environment. The action can be viewed from various camera angles in first or third person.
WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger includes two single-player campaigns and two multiplayer modes (skirmish and team-play) for LAN and Internet play for up to 16 players.
• German and Russian Campaign missions are based on 'Operation Bagration', the codename for the Soviet Belarusian Offensive during World War II
• Playable Tanks: The Russian T-34/85 and the German Sd.Kfz. 181 'Tiger' Ausf. E.
• Control your tank from fully modelled and animated 3D positions (driver, gunner, and commander)
• The Napalm Engine's 3D technology allows for impressive effects, such as: dynamic shadows, glow, and bloom, self shading, bump mapping, and specular maps
• Stunning realistic graphics and vast landscapes to explore
• Interactive environment with various levels of destruction– buildings, trees, and vehicles can be damaged or destroyed by cannon, MG fire or ramming attacks
• AI Controlled Vehicles: T-34/85, T-34/76, Tiger, Sk.Kfz.251, M3A1,ZIS-5, Opel Blitz, ZIS-3, Pak. 40, IL-2, FW-190
• Multiplayer LAN and Internet for up to 16 players with Skirmish and TeamPlay modes
• GameSpy® Arcade ready for online multi-player sessions and uses DirectPlay™ technology for direct IP multiplayer connections via LAN and Internet
• TrackIR™ support immerses the player in hands-free first person views for all available crew positions.
For more information on 'WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs Tiger' and to keep up with the latest breaking news, visit www.lighthouse-interactive.com.
OS: Windows® 2000 / XP / Vista™
CPU: 2,4 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or equivalent AMD® Athlon™ processor
RAM: 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended for Windows® Vista™)
Video: DirectX® 9.0c compliant video card with 128 MB RAM (NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6600 or better/ATI® Radeon 9600 or better)
PC DVD-ROM and CD-ROM: 4x
Available Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
Sound: DirectX® 9.0 compatible sound card
Multiplayer: LAN or 56 Kbps Internet connection or faster
Other: Keyboard, Speakers and Mouse
IDDK Group is an independent Russian publishing house, incorporating multimedia and games publishing, manufacturing, distribution and retail networks. The Games Department of IDDK had been created four years ago and "T-72: Balkans on Fire!", became its first international release. IDDK works in collaboration with dozens of Russian and Ukrainian game development studios, focusing on realistic battle sims, innovative action games and games for kids based on original stories and characters. For more information about IDDK, please visit: http://www.iddk.ru/en and http://games.iddk.ru
G5 Software is one of the leading Russian PC games developers producing world-class games for the international market. PC titles developed by G5 including "Whirlwind over Vietnam", "The Cuban Missile Crisis" are distributed all over the world by the leading international and Russian publishers. G5 Software along with G5 Mobile company is a part of the Swedish holding G5 Entertainment AB. Official site: www.g5e.com.
About SilverBirch Inc.
Toronto-based SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV) is a leading digital company operating in the fastest growing sectors of the video game and mobile markets. The company's video game operations include: SilverBirch Studios, a mobile and handheld video game developer; Lighthouse Interactive, publisher of interactive entertainment based in the Netherlands; and a co-venture with G4Box Inc. who operates licensed English language online multiplayer games. In its mobile division it provides mobile marketing services through Jambo Mobile Solutions and mobile content by wayof an investment in CrossRoad Mobile. For more information, please visit www.silverbirchstudios.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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