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CDV Secures Exclusive North American Promotion and Distribution Rights to GSC’s Heroes of Annihilated Empires

[For immediate release]

December 5, 2005 -- CDV Software Entertainment USA has secured the exclusive rights to distribute and promote GSC World Publishing's upcoming fantasy title, Heroes of Annihilated Empires. Heroes is the first title in a trilogy of games, and is set to ship in 2006. The games will offer an extraordinary blend of RTS and RPG gameplay, challenging gamers to create a powerful leader and a dominant military force through battle, diplomacy and treachery in a rich fantasy world. CDV's agreement with GSC World Publishing is a part of CDV Software Entertainment's ongoing efforts to provide developers worldwide with high-quality, personalized attention for publishing, marketing and public relations services in all key gaming markets.

According to GSC World Publishing CEO Sergey Grygorovych, this signing is a major step in the maturation of the videogames industry of Eastern Europe, as only a few publishing houses from this region have tried to self-publish in the American market directly before. "Having collaborated with CDV Software Entertainment since the release of our very first title, Cossacks (which sold over 2.5 million copies to date), we are confident of CDV's ability to market our games in North America".

In development by GSC Game World, Heroes of Annihilated Empires will offer a unique combination of RTS and RPG gameplay, as players build massive armies and develop a heroic character in a rich fantasy world filled with magic, myth and monsters. Four distinct races will battle for domination using both swords and sorcery. Heroes' new 3D engine shows the astonishing beauty of the created world, reflecting the peculiarities of various races' territories. The game's setting will also be represented in novelizations by writer Ilya Novak. For more information about Heroes of Annihilated Empires, please visit http://www.heroesofae.com/.

GSC World Publishing is the publishing branch of the largest Ukrainian PC games developer GSC Game World, founded in 2004. Previous GSC titles include the American Conquest series, Cossacks, Alexander and Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars. The latter two titles were released under the newly formed GSC World Publishing effort in the territories of the former Soviet Union. Heroes of Annihilated Empires will be the first title to be self-published outside these territories. For more information about GSC World Publishing, please visit http://www.GSC-Game.com

CDV Software Entertainment is dedicated to publishing and distributing top-notch war and strategy games worldwide. The publicly traded company, founded and headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, has its North American offices located in New Jersey and North Carolina, and partners with leading distribution partners across the globe. As publisher of critically acclaimed titles like Codename: Panzers, Divine Divinity, American Conquest, Combat Mission, Hammer & Sickle, War Front: Turning Point, Cossacks and the Blitzkrieg series, CDV is Europe's foremost publisher of PC strategy titles.

For additional information, please contact:

Ted Brockwood, ted@calico-media.com, at (503) 231-2410

Mario Kroll, mario.kroll@cdvus.com, at (919) 386-3475

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