Toronto, Canada – May 29, 2008 – Today leading computer software Publisher Lighthouse Interactive and developer Nitro Games launched a totally revamped website for their upcoming Real-time Strategy War-game East India Company. Located at www.eic-game.com, the new website has undergone a complete makeover to reflect the game's progress. It now features more interactivity and content, such as: streaming videos, interactive forums, and a Designer's Blog.
East India Company is based on the exploits and adventures of the infamous 18th century East India Companies. Developed by Finland based Nitro Games Ltd., players will enjoy building the World's largest trading empire and engaging in vigorous warfare on the open sea in both single and multiplayer modes. Scheduled to release in Q4 2008 for Windows, East India Company promises to take Real-time Strategy War-games to new levels with its technically advanced proprietary game engine and breathtaking cinematic game environment. Players will have the opportunity to fight, manage and rule one of eight nations from Europe to the Far East.
"East India Company has taken on new form with significant advancement over the past six months," said Kim Soares, Lead Designer of Nitro Games. "We decided it was time to redesign the official website to reflect the game's progress and create a home for the growing EIC community. We have added forums and a Designer's Blog that I will be updating on a regular basis. New screenshots, videos and the latest news will be posted over the next few weeks, so check it out!"
For more information on East India Company, bookmark the revamped official website at www.eic-game.com and also visit www.lighthouse-interactive.com to keep up with the latest breaking news.
In East India Company, players assume the role of Governor Director of one of the East India Companies or other rival companies. There are eight nationalities to choose from: British, Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian or Spanish. Your goal – bring new colonies and wealth such as: tea, spices, gold, diamonds and other precious cargo back to Europe, but you must dominate the other rival empires along the way. Wars will be waged and blood will be spilled. Conquer the open sea and explore 40 different cities, towns and villages.
Starting modestly, you will build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and keep the rivaling nations at bay. Choose from an array of ship classes, types of transport and military vessels: small sloops, schooners, brigantines, frigates and ship-of-the-line. Create different fleets and assign them to specific trading routes. Controlling well situated ports and upgrading them is one key to success.
Conflicts and wars are inevitable. When hostile fleets engage each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought at a real-time tactical level. Devastating broadsides are fired with a deafening roar and cannon balls tear through enemy ships and their crew. For greater tactical depth, you can, at any point, take direct command of any of your ships and feel the battle close up! Fight against the other European powers to create a trading empire that will rule above all others!
- Declare war on rival empires fought at a real-time tactical level
- Command ships and fleets independently
- Wage war on the vast open sea
- Sink your rivals' ship or board them to take control in bloody hand-to-hand combat
- Hire and manage your own crew
- Buy guns and ammo
- Repair and upgrade your ships at port
- Buy and sell goods
- Establish profitable trading routes
- Open diplomatic relations or declare war
- Negotiate tense political situations
- Lead the most powerful company in history
- Take over colonies and expand your empire
- Build a powerful fleet to rule the seas
- Conquer strategic ports
- Accomplish tasks ordered by your company or the Crown
Multiplayer (Internet or LAN) Features:
- Supports up to 8 simultaneous players
- Player statistics tracked on the EIC game server
- Raise your ranking by thwarting your opponents
- Head-to-head missions are a true test of strategic skill
About Nitro Games Ltd.
Nitro Games Ltd. (previously Encore Games based in Finland) is a newly founded subsidiary of Nitro FX Ltd. Nitro FX is a leading Finnish company in the digital media field. The company currently employs 60 professionals with a high level of expertise in programming, 3D animation and design. Entering the video game industry was a natural addition to company's portfolio. www.nitrogames.fi
About Lighthouse Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive is a fast growing publisher of interactive entertainment with offices in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Montreal, Canada and London, England. Lighthouse's titles include the critically acclaimed adventure title Keepsake, the surprise sim hit Ship Simulator 2008 and the award winning 4x space strategy hybrid Sword of the Stars. Staffed with industry veterans and with offices in key locations around the world, Lighthouse is the right choice for developers looking to bring their products to a worldwide audience. www.lighthouse-interactive.com
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