October 12 - Moscow, Russia: Akella announces the agreement with French publisher and developer Monte Cristo Multimedia to publish life-simulation game 7 Sins for PC and PS2 in Russia and CIS.
7 Sins is fast-moving story-based life simulation game in which players are plunged into a city ruled by sex, wealth and fame. Through a single-player campaign of seven single missions the player will be confronted with an assortment of risque, funny and dangerous missions. His ability to build his character and perform in over 20 hysterical mini-games (from the "vodka race" to the "toilet's Mozart") will be the key ultimately becoming the boss of Apple City.
"We're very happy to start our partnership with Monte Cristo with such a promising title as 7 Sins", said Vladimir Koudr, Akella's Vice-President of Publishing. "Monte Cristo is a well-established company and they proven themselves as talented and professional developers".
7 Sins is tentatively scheduled for February 2005 release.
About Akella (http://www.akella.com)
Headquartered in Moscow, Akella is one of the leading companies on Russian gaming market. Founded in 1995, Akella specializes in developing, publishing and distibuting of computer games and multimedia products, having more than 20 projects developed and more than 200 published. Main Akella's in-house titles are Sea Dogs, Age of Sail 2, Privateer's Bounty: Age of Sail 2, and Pirates of the Caribbean. All of them were critically acclaimed both in Russia and outside it. Moreover, Pirates of the Caribbean was first Russian product based on Hollywood blockbuster movie.
Much attention is paid to fast-growing console games market. Akella is the first Russian company that started deloping projects for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Since 1997, Akella localizes and publishes products of its foreign partners on Russian market. Among others, company has localized such bestsellers as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and XIII from Ubisoft, Akella actively collaborates with independent developers, dustributing their games on ex-USSR territory and worldwide.
About Monte Cristo Games
Monte Cristo, founded eight years ago, has become a respected player in the sector of management and strategy games. Medieval Lords, D-DAY, Desert Rats vs. Afrika Koprs, Fire Department, Platoon, The Partners and Airline Tycoon have contributed to Monte Cristo's expertise. Monte Cristo is now focusing its production and design resources towards life simulation, builders and tactical management with the intention of reaching a larger international audience.