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Cursed Mountain

"Athena" game engine promises an ultra-realistic rendering of the Himalayas.

VIENNA, Austria – August 11, 2008 – Sproing Interactive Media GmbH, Vienna, today announced that is currently developing the Wii™ Survival Horror game Cursed Mountain for, and together with, Deep Silver. The player takes on the role of a fearless mountaineer as he climbs into the Himalayas on a quest to find his lost brother. As he ascends the mountain, he encounters an ancient curse: the souls of the people who died in that region are stuck in limbo, caught in the Shadow World. Deep Silver announced the first details of the upcoming Wii hit title Cursed Mountain on July 31st.

“Aside from the challenge to develop an innovative title with spectacular levels and new controls, the focus in Cursed Mountain is the overwhelming environment of the Himalayas,” said Harald Riegler, CEO of Sproing. “It is really important to us that the player experiences nature’s powers as realistically as possible, and that the game’s viewing distance allows the player to see the monumental landscapes at all times. We are also going to great lengths to make the dead souls look as convincing as possible in order to deliver the level of immersion necessary for really effective and believable survival horror.”

To deliver on these goals, the Sproing team relies on its proprietary “Athena” game engine, which is rendering the Himalayas on Wii at a quality never seen before. The engine highlights of “Athena” include amongst others, HDR-Rendering, shader simulations developed especially for Wii in order to display ice, heat and water (realistic reflections and refractions), an ultra-fast particle system for amazing snow storms, soft particles for realistic fog and smoke, depth of field, motion blur, dynamic soft shadows, spherical harmonics lighting, as well as a high performance level-of-detail and streaming system in order to provide long viewing distance of the entire surrounding. In order to create an exciting atmosphere when battling the ghosts, the game employs a number of custom-created special effects such as the shader simulations as well as a newly developed post-processing framework. “Our engine technology really takes the Wii hardware to its limits and Wii gamers can really look forward to a heart-stopping, and breath-taking world that comes alive with this title,” said Gerhard Seiler, Technical Director of Sproing.

Cursed Mountain will be released worldwide for Wii in 2009. More information is available at:

About Sproing:

Founded in 2001, Sproing Interactive Media GmbH is Austria's leading game development studio. The studio takes pride in its reliability and passion for quality which it has earned by shipping over 30 titles on all major platforms, including several German chart-toppers. A completely independent studio, financed with its own resources, over the last seven years the company has grown from the two founders to more than 40 employees and is one of the top development studios in the German-speaking territories. The team is currently working on Cursed Mountain as well as several other unannounced titles. The company develops games on all available console platforms as well as on the PC using its proprietary real-time multi platform WYSIWYG game technology “Athena.”

Key titles created by Sproing include: Panzer Tactics (DS), Undercover: Dual Motives (DS), My Riding Stables (Wii), Best Friends: Dogs & Cats (PC, DS, GBA), Undercover: Operation Winter Sun (PC), Jacked (PC, PS2, Xbox, GC) , Riding Star 3 (PC, PS2). Upcoming releases in 2008 are Scotland Yard (DS) and My Vet Practice (Wii) .

Sproing is a member of G.A.M.E. and TIGA. For more information on Sproing, please visit:

About Deep Silver

Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all computer and video gamers who enjoy and share a passion for thrilling gameplay in modern game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver products are designed to equally appeal to professionals and beginners, children and adults.

Deep Silver has published around 40 games since 2003, including the most successful adventure of 2006, Secret Files: Tunguska, the bestseller ANNO 1701 (co-published with Sunflowers), the challenging CrossworDS knowledge puzzle game, the horse simulation Horse Life DS, and the soccer MMOWorld of Soccer Online. Current developments include Warhammer® - Battle March™ (in cooperation with Namco Bandai), the action role-playing game Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (in cooperation with Ascaron), S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, the sinister Chernobyl shooter for PC, and the new game from the Piranha Bytes team. Deep Silver's own developing studio opened in 2007. For more information please

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Harald Riegler

Sproing Interactive Media GmbH

Fernkorngasse 10

A-1100 Wien

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