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bhv Software Launches New Games Label And Ankh: Heart Of Osiris


News release

2nd March 2007

bhv Software GmbH & Co.KG in Germany, a leading publisher of entertainment software, has launched a new games label in the UK. Under its new label XIDER, bhv Software will be launching at least a dozen new role play, adventure, racing and sporting gaming titles for PC and Nintendo DS in the coming months via its UK distribution partner Pinnacle Software.

As part of the launch of XIDER, bhv Software has released its exciting new sequel to its 2005 hit PC game Ankh. In 'Ankh: Heart of Osiris' the player is once more transported back into ancient Egypt to explore the sensual bazaars, subterranean temple and dark alleys of Cairo as the young adventurer and reluctant daredevil Assil (UK street date 27th April).

XIDER has responded to the feedback of loyal players and ensured that many of the favourite features from the first version have been included and developed further to enhance the gaming experience. Ankh: Heart of Osiris is an exciting and zany story that will amuse and engage at every turn, enabling players to get more involved with the main characters and immerse themselves in the mysterious Egyptian world with the addition of several new locations and characters.

The environments are richer and more detailed, allowing for more in-depth exploration and a vivid in-game experience. Superior voice acting, cinematic full motion sequences plus sophisticated graphics with dynamic light, shadow and glow effects provide additional dimensions to the game. A 'hands-on' codewheel has also been incorporated into the game that will solve a cocktail puzzle inside the game and is included in the box.

Helmut Schmitz, Managing Director at bhv Software says, "We are very excited about the launch of XIDER and the prospect of bringing many new titles for PC and Nintendo DS under this label to gamers in the UK. We have been successfully publishing games across Europe under this label for several years and look forward to recreating this success in the UK. The launch of Ankh: Heart of Osiris is a great new title to start with and we hope gamers will agree."

XIDER will also be launching a number of new titles in the coming months for PC and Nintendo DS. New titles include:

Bone: Out from Boneville (PC) - Due date March 2007 (£19.99) Bone: The Great Cow Race (PC) - Due date March 2007 (£19.99) German Street Racing (PC) - Due date April 2007 (£9.99) Luminator DS - Due date May 2007 (£29.99) World of Chaos - Due date May 2007 (£19.99) European Street Racing - Due date May 2007 (£19.99) Ankh 1 (DS) - Due date August 2007 (£29.99) Basketball Manager 2008 (PC) - Due date August 2007 (£19.99)

Peter Sleeman, Managing Director of Pinnacle Software, added "We really look forward to working with bhv Software and maximising the awareness of XIDER in the UK channel. In view of the number and quality of titles to be launched by the new label in the coming months, we anticipate a very positive response from our retail accounts."

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Notes to Editor:

Ankh: Heart of Osiris will be available from all good retail outlets priced £19.99 from 27th April 2007.


XIDER is a division of bhv Software GmbH & Co.KG, one of the leading independent software publishers in Germany, successfully publishing innovative products for PCs for more than 20 years with a range of products covering digital media, education, tools and games.

In recent years bhv Software has become the unquestioned market leader in educational software in Germany. In 2003 bhv Software started to sell its product outside Germany and is now becoming successfully established in UK, France, Spain and other European countries as well as North America. www.bhv-software.com

Throughout 2007, XIDER is launching a number of role-play, adventure, racing, sporting and combat games targeting all age groups. The games are available on PC or Nintendo DS platforms. More information about the original Ankh and Ankh: The Heart of Osiris is available at



About Pinnacle Software

Pinnacle Software was formed in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Entertainment, the leading independent music distributor. It was formed to introduce the concept of exclusive distribution to the UK Software market, and succeeded in doing so with groundbreaking deals with Electronic Arts, MicroProse and Ubisoft in 1994.

Completely format independent, our sales representation is publisher focused, aimed at maximising sales for our partners, and by supplying them with the most accurate market information on their products. Our current roster includes Electronic Arts, Ubi Soft, Midway, SCI, NC Soft, Digital Jesters, Ascaron, Winning Moves, Black Bean, GMX, ,BBC Multimedia, The Worm That Turned Ltd, Encore Software, Fusion, Introversion and Hollywood Sales.


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