UBISOFT TAKES TO THE SKIES IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN Ubisoft and 1C:Maddox
Games strengthen partnership to bring History's most famous firefights to
aviation buffs worldwide
London, UK – October 6, 2003 – Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video
game publishers, revealed plans today to expand its line of flight Sims through
a partnership with 1C: Maddox Games. The publishing deal includes the
announcement of The Battle of Britain, a brand new World War II flight
simulation game, which is expected to build on the enormous success of the IL-2
SturmovikTMfranchise. Ubisoft also plans to publish an expansion pack for IL2
SturmovikTM Forgotten Battles that will let owners of Forgotten Battles take to
the skies again, to engage in more World War II dogfights alone or with players
around the world via the internet.
Ubisoft's partnership with 1C: Maddox Games began with the highly acclaimed
IL-2 Sturmovik, lauded for revolutionizing the flight sim genre. The attention
to detail, technical accuracy and beautiful graphics completely immersed players
in World War II skies like never before. The Battle of Britain will be packed
with even more historical realism, and will utilize a new engine, a dynamic
campaign system and new weather effects. The game will take place in 1940 during
the infamous "Battle of Britain", between England, Germany and Italy,
and it will allow players to fly for the British, German or Italian air force.
"IC Maddox Games has a stellar reputation in the industry for making
quality games," said Jay Cohen, VP Publishing, Ubisoft. "We believe
that our partnership with their talented team has made Ubisoft the world's
premiere publisher of historical flight sims and we can't wait to bring these
two new games to fans everywhere."
"Ubisoft shares the passion we feel for flight sims and they believe in
our goal to constantly work at improving the gaming experience for sim
fans," said Oleg Maddox.
"The Battle of Britain will be our most ambitious work to date and we
are looking forward to the challenge."
The Battle of Britain is scheduled to ship in 2005. The IL2 SturmovikTM
Forgotten Battles Expansion Pack is scheduled to ship in early 2004.
Ubisoft Entertainment is an international producer, publisher and distributor of
interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia
industry, Ubisoft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as
has Ubisoft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several
high-profile companies, Ubisoft has also confirmed its presence on the global
market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France,
Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different
countries including the United States, Morocco, Germany and China and through
sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering
high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world.
Ubisoft generated a turnover of 453 million euros for the 2002/2003 fiscal year,
up 23% over the previous fiscal year. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com
About Maddox Games:
Maddox Games was founded in 1992, developing more than 40 games and multimedia
products for MS-DOS, Windows and Pen Pad platforms. The company developed music
players, puzzles, simulators, 3D-shooters as well as serious products like
special electronic maps and scientific software tools. Maddox Games is a
multi-award winning software company in Russia, earning several national prizes
in different contests. In 1999 Maddox Games joined the 1C company, the largest
Software House in Russia, giving the team a new name - 1C: Maddox Games. Years
spent in research and development by the team, produced a good and stable base
to build upon with making games in various genres, from 3D strategy games and
vehicles simulators, to flight and space simulators. You can also check out the
web site: http://www.il2sturmovik.com
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