Austin, TX - October 10, 2005 - Aspyr Media today announced it has signed an exclusive publishing agreement with JoWooD to publish four of JoWooD's award-winning compilation PC titles in North America. This is the first time North American players will be able to purchase SpellForce Platinum, Gothic II Gold, Silent Storm Gold, and The Guild Gold in the U.S. and Canada. All of the compilations include the original title and their corresponding expansion packs. In SpellForce Platinum, players will get three games in one – the original, its sequel, and the game's add-on pack. Each compilation pack will sell for $19.99 and all are scheduled for release in November 2005.
JoWooD CEO Albert Seidl commented: "We are very delighted to have teamed up with such a young, aggressive and exciting partner to establish our products and brands in the North American market. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Aspyr, and are proud to have our products placed in their incredible line-up."
"Aspyr Media is very excited to offer these JoWooD games which deliver tremendous value to their players through hours of quality gameplay," said Ted Staloch, VP of Aspyr Media. "These four games have been extremely well received and we know they have a strong following who have been greatly anticipating their U.S. and Canadian release."
The four games, which offer a mix of role-playing, real-time strategy and simulation action include:
SpellForce Platinum – SpellForce Platinum features three games in one box – SpellForce Gold Edition, which includes The Order of the Dawn and Breath of Winter, plus the expansion pack Shadow of the Phoenix. In SpellForce's single-player action, players will enjoy a unique mixture of RTS and RPG elements that offer the player exciting gaming challenges through a persistent game world with a continuous, gripping storyline and numerous sub-quests. While under SpellForce's spell, player will encounter more than 150 new items and 27 powerful set items (some of which can be modified by the player). The game offers multiplayer action where up to three gamers can play cooperatively over a LAN.
Gothic II Gold – Gothic II Gold includes the original game plus its expansion pack, Gothic II Night of the Raven. In this popular RPG of action and adventure, players experience a storyline of intrigue and mystery as they wander through massive fully 3D lush environments, where players may encounter more than 500 characters. With more than 50 magical artifacts, such as rings, amulets and belts; 50 magic spells to cast; and 150 powerful weapons to wield, players will have more than enough power to take on Evil.
Silent Storm Gold – Silent Storm Gold includes the original game plus its expansion pack. This game is a true 3D tactical turn-based RPG set against the backdrop of WWII. In order to win, players will need to successfully complete their missions through two non-linear campaigns while fighting on former battlefields and battling a secret terror organization. As a bonus, this Gold pack includes new mission goals, such as infiltration of enemy buildings, destruction of enemy establishments and assassinations. With an arsenal of more than 75 authentic weapons from WWII, players will have the gun power and blade power to achieve their goals.
The Guild Gold – The Guild Gold includes the original game plus its expansion pack. In Guild, players jump into an authentic simulation of life in the middle ages. In this edition, not only will players get to experience the original game, but they will also have three new ranks/titles to choose among, five new offices and more privileges. Players will also enjoy the three new levels, three new locations such as the cannon tower and the Emperors Town of Nuremberg which is 3 times larger then previous towns.
Aspyr Media will continue to expand its PC line in the coming months. Look for more announcements for games releasing from Aspyr in Q1 and Q2 of 2006.
Aspyr Media is a leading entertainment publisher. Founded in 1996, Austin-based Aspyr identifies diverse entertainment opportunities and leverages them across multiple platforms by tailoring its services to suit the product and consumers interests. Visit Aspyr Media on the web at www.aspyr.com.
JoWooD develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment software for all major existing and coming systems. JoWooD`s games are distributed in all territories by a worldwide net of distribution partners.
Please visit the homepage www.jowood.com for further information.