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1C Company and 505 Games Launch New Label

505 Games today announced plans to significantly bolster their PC portfolio by signing a new deal with Russian games giant 1C Company to exclusively publish their PC games and to launch its new label, under the 1C Company brand across Europe. The agreement grants 505 Games European co-publishing rights in conjunction with 1C’s Western European team, 1C Publishing. 1C’s current range of titles falls under this new deal, as well as new games currently in development. The new label aims to reinvigorate the PC market with exciting, high technology titles being developed in Eastern Europe.

Working with the 1C Europe team, 505 Games will launch, promote and build the 1C brand across Europe. 505 Games will manage the marketing, PR, sales and distribution across the 1C Company range, including eagerly anticipated titles including Cryostasis, NecroVisioN, and Death Track in the first cycle of launches. Over a dozen titles are scheduled for release in 2008.

"We are incredibly excited to be working with 1C Company to bring the fantastic range of top quality titles to a PC-hungry European market," commented Ian Howe, Managing Director of 505 Games. "1C's PC portfolio further enhances our release schedule for 2008 and offers the PC gamer something new and stimulating."

"We are delighted to be working so closely with 505. Not only does our range complement its portfolio perfectly, but its team's long term experience, creative drive and personality matches ours and fits the way we like to operate to a tee," said Darryl Still, 1C's International Marketing Director. "Having worked closely with the key 505 Games people in the past, we confidently look forward to a long term and successful partnership that will have a real impact on the industry," added Peter King, Managing Director at 1C UK.

The first PC titles from 505 Games and 1C Company are scheduled for a Q1 2008 release.

Fantasy Wars on Gamespot

Fantasy Wars received 7.5 out of 10 on Gamespot.

The review mentions that "Fantasy Wars is aimed at veteran gamers who remember the days before the real-time revolution. But more than just nostalgia buffs will appreciate its intricate mission design, detailed units, and outstanding interface. It sure helps if you're old enough to have played such classics as Fantasy General back in the day, especially because the difficulty is aimed at turn-based vets. Still, you don't need to have any previous experience to get into such timeless game concepts as these".

Read the full text.

Fantasy Wars Review on IGN

IGN published a review of turn-based strategy Fantasy Wars which received 7.8 out of 10.

IGN published a review of turn-based strategy Fantasy Wars. "A great use of terrain, decent number of units, and large number of unit upgrades make the strategic decision about where and when to attack both important and interesting. The turn countdown is a decent idea as well and forces players out into the field a little quicker, but can tend to cut off the chance to fully explore a map in some cases", says the review. The game received 7.8 out of 10 and the overall rating Good. Read the full text.

Death to Spies gets high rates

Two more websites have posted reviews of Death to Spies. The game scored 80 out of 100% on Game Vortex and 7.5 out of 10 on GameZone.

"One of my favorite parts of Death to Spies is the fact that it is not a Sunday stroll in the park. It is a difficult and methodical game, the way a stealth game should be", says the Game Vortex review. "The design came through and showed great care to really cover many aspects of the genre that are lacking in other stealth titles". Full text can be found here.

Another review at GameZone mentioned that: "Death to Spies stands out in two different ways, by offering a Hitman-esque approach to the timeframe, and offering a unique perspective that many games don’t touch on, that of the Soviet SMERSH agents and their missions throughout Germany". The game received 7.5 out of 10. You can read the review here.

Fantasy Wars Official Website

Fantasy Wars official website launched.
From now on you can read all the last news about the game, overview and description of its world, heroes and units, see screenshots and sketches, download demo, videos, wallpapers or music theme, and learn everything about the Fantasy Wars tournament and wining a custom painted PC case here.

Fantasy Wars US Tournament

1C Company starts the US tournament dedicated to the new award-winning game Fantasy Wars. The tournament begins at midnight, December 3, 2007 and ends at midnight, January 21, 2008.

1C Company starts the US tournament dedicated to the new award-winning game Fantasy Wars. The tournament begins at midnight, December 3, 2007 and ends at midnight, January 21, 2008.

Participate in the tournament and win a unique painted Cosmos 1000 case with original Fantasy Wars artwork! Simply beat the "The King and the General" level in the fewest moves. 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive stylish T-Shirts and a copy of one of the 1C’s recent releases.

Find out more information and read the rules of Fantasy Wars tournament here.

Game Over Reviews Death To Spies

Death to Spies scored 78 out of 100% on Game Over Online. "In the 10-mission campaign that comes with Death to Spies, you get to visit some expected locations, like a prison camp where you need to rescue a captured soldier, and a military compound where you have to assassinate three enemy captains, but there are some oddities, too", says the review.

"In many ways, Death to Spies plays like the Commandos games from a few years ago. Although it’s given to you as an option, you can’t really just shoot your way through the missions."

You can read the full review here.

Death to Spies: From Russia with Intelligence!

Death to Spies scored 8/10 on "In Death to Spies, you play the role of a World War II Soviet counterintelligence agent whose assignment is to infiltrate the Nazi machine and wreak as much havoc as possible from within", says the review.

"From a presentation standpoint, Death to Spies is nothing if not atmospheric. Horrifically difficult at times, the game is nevertheless always interesting and wholly addictive." You can read the full text on Death to Spies here.

1C Publishing EU Brings Oniblade

1C Publishing EU brings the first anime-style action game developed in Russia to certain markets, primarily in Europe.

Long-long ago, in the times which may only the Earth and the Sun remember, the universe was governed by two divine creatures, who were worshipped and iconized. But has there been someone more powerful? Someone powerful enough to curse one of them…

Oniblade is the nickname of our young heroine. It might have been given to her because of the weapons she carries, or simply thanks to the fierceness she fights with - “Oni” is a “demon” in Japanese. After finding a map which shows the way to an abandoned temple, Oniblade sets on her way that eventually stirs up an ancient war between good and evil, between The Light One and The Dark One - the two creatures that used to be brothers until their fight for supremacy divided them. Now the outcome of this war is in Oniblade’s hands. Will she be able to overcome the curse and the terrors of hell that are waiting for her and the whole world at once?

This intense anime action is now brought by 1C Publishing EU to certain markets primarily in Europe. The first anime-style game developed in Russia by Gaijin Entertainment is not only chock-full of action, it also brings RPG elements, over twenty deadly weapons and lethal spells to counter various enemies in many visually stunning extensive locations throughout an astonishing fantasy universe.

For more info go to the Oniblade page or Read the full text in the Press Release

Fantasy Wars In-depth Interview

RPG Vault published an in-depth interview with Alexey Kozyrev, the leader of 1C: Ino-Co team – developers of Fantasy Wars strategy. You can read the interview and see exclusive screenshots from Fantasy Wars here.