CDV and Ascaron Announce Reciprocal Publishing Agreement
March 3, 2006â€”CDV Software Entertainment has entered into a publishing agreement with Ascaron Entertainment GmbH to publish Ascaron titles in North America in 2006. As part of the agreement, Ascaron will likewise represent CDV titles in the United Kingdom.
Roger Swindells, UK Managing Director for Ascaron said, â€œThis is an exciting deal for us, we have increased our internal resources and expanded our portfolio over the last four years as we look forward to the continuing growth and development of our business, with particular emphasis on growth in North America.â€
Tom Gross, CEO and President of CDV Software Entertainment USA, added,â€We are delighted to be working with Ascaron as a partner. The reciprocal agreement allows us to publish our titles more effectively in the UK and provides CDV with access to additional high quality product for our North American and international customers.â€
The first two titles CDV will publish as part of the agreement are:
Tortuga â€“ Two Treasures:
Scheduled for a summer 2006 release, the action adventure Tortuga - Two Treasures will have players setting sail as pirate captains in search of action, adventure and of course, treasure. The game tells the story of the young swashbuckler Thomas â€˜Hawkâ€™ Blythe, a pirate in the employ of the sinister Blackbeard. After Hawk is captured and betrayed, a dramatic battle for power, romance, treasure and truth commences beneath the Jolly Roger. Two Treasures features epic land and naval battles, featuring everything from sword fights to cannon-battles.
Darkstar One is a space-based action adventure title that will deliver fast-paced action within a vast and authentic universe. As Kayron Jarvis, the youthful commander of the Darkstar One, players will explore the immenseness of space, encountering a variety of aliens, both friend and foe. A deep story will immerse players in the adventures of Kayron and the Darkstar One as they aim to bring peace back to their galaxy. Game play will adapt dynamically to the playerâ€™s preferences and allow both tactical and strategic decision-making to overcome the myriad of challenges presented. Darkstar One is set to ship in North American in September 2006.
About CDV Software Entertainment, USA
CDV Software Entertainment is dedicated to publishing and distributing top-notch video games worldwide. The publicly traded company, founded and headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, has its North American offices located in New Jersey and North Carolina, and partners with leading distribution partners across the globe. As publisher of critically acclaimed titles like Codename: Panzers, Divine Divinity, American Conquest, Combat Mission, War Front: Turning Point, Cossacks and the Blitzkrieg series, CDV is Europeâ€™s foremost publisher of PC strategy titles.
Ascaron Entertainment is one of the pioneers in the development of computer games. It is also one of the leading developers of computer games in Germany and has been prominent in the sales charts for more than a decade with titles such as Patrician, ANSTOSS, Port Royale and SACRED.
Ascaron is headquartered in GÃ¼tersloh and Germany and maintains a development studio in Aachen (Germany) and Berlin, as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). The UK office provides a bespoke publishing, sales and marketing function to selected European Affiliate label partners. Currently, Ascaron markets its products in more than 30 countries.
For further information about Ascaron Entertainment GmbH, please visit http://www.Ascaron.com.