Epsom, 12th October 2007,
Following the success of THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of Rome video game, THE HISTORY CHANNEL and Slitherine Strategies announce the development of a new title in the series, THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of the Middle Ages. The game will feature a new engine optimized for next generation consoles and will be released in 2008.
"The huge commercial success of our first release has pointed us in the right direction," said Iain McNeil, Director of Slitherine. "For us it's a fresh challenge to develop a game that will embrace new audiences of the next-gen consoles. It's also an opportunity to listen to the community of thousands of players we established with THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of Rome. We are sure we will match their expectations with the release of our next title."
The new title is based on the story of the Hundred Years War and will release next year. It will feature a completely new graphic engine and a totally new game play system that will allow the player to be in complete control of massive armies. From the thunderous charge of the knights to the men-at-arms fighting for their lives in hand-to-hand combat, the game will recreate the epic feel of medieval battles, featuring thousands of characters simultaneously.
THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of the Middle Ages will integrate film clips from THE HISTORY CHANNEL programming library.
"The success of THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of Rome was the result of close collaboration between Slitherine Strategies and THE HISTORY CHANNEL," added Carrie Trimmer, Director of Licensing at A&E Television Networks, parent company of The History Channel. "The combination of an innovative game engine and contextual programming content made for truly experiential gameplay. We anticipate even greater success with this new title."
"Our licensing relationship with THE HISTORY CHANNEL allows us to maintain focus on the accurate historical detail that we always aim for," said JD McNeil, Business Development Director of Slitherine. "We know how difficult it is to create a game that is not only accurate from a historical perspective, but also allows players to enjoy exciting and compelling game play. With a decade of successful launches, we're confident that we can give players the gaming experience they require from us."
The game follows on the release of THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of Rome earlier this year which has topped the charts in 5 European countries on the PlayStation 2, PSP and PC DVD Rom formats.