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Focus to Release IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles

For Immediate Release

September 2004

Focus Multimedia is further strengthening its relationship with leading games publisher Ubisoft by licensing the strong title, 'IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles,' which will enter Focus Multimedia's range of budget PC CD-ROM software at an RPP of £9.99, available in DVD style packaging.

Riding on the success of 'IL-2 Sturmovik,' which sold over 120,000 units in Europe alone and received numerous awards, including 'Best PC Simulation Game of E3 2001,' 'IL-2: Sturmovik Forgotten Battles' offers all the improvements and modifications needed to make it the best flight simulation game in the PC market.

'IL-2: Sturmovik Forgotten Battles' has become the reference in the combat simulation genre. Brand new missions (both solo and multiplayer) and a new innovative solo dynamic campaign system have also been implemented, with the constant will of sticking accurately to the tiniest historical facts (1941-1945).

Craig Johnson, Managing Director of Focus Multimedia commented, 'We are pleased to have licensed this product from Ubisoft, allowing us to now offer both the IL-2 titles within our range at very competitive price points.'

With modelisation of 129 aircrafts and cockpits and a huge degree of variety in the environment, 'Forgotten Battles' reaches a level of realism never experienced before. Over 80 of the aircrafts are flyable with the option of managing the engine and while players can select their preferred aircraft, they can also individually select the nation and squadron. Adjustments to the flight dynamics of every aircraft promise accurate replication of even the tiniest historical facts.

'Forgotten Battles' offers 20 single player missions and 10 multi player missions, but with the introduction of the 'mission builder,' limitless missions are available over existing areas and also five new maps covering Hungary, Finland and the Ukraine.

With 'IL-2 Sturmovik' entering Focus Multimedia's Revival range of super budget PC CD-ROM software and retailing at £4.99, players can get double the experience and enjoy both products at an attractive price.

About Focus Multimedia

Focus Multimedia is the leading PC CD-ROM budget software publisher by value in UK retail (Source: Chart Track), specialising in high quality, affordable PC CD-ROMs aimed at both children and adults. The Focus Essential range consists of over 200 titles priced at £9.99 each in 9 different categories - including Games, Lifestyle, Creativity, Knowledge and Travel. Focus Multimedia has distribution channels into major retail outlets such as PC World, WHSmith, Staples, Game, via the Internet through as well as non-traditional chains.

About UbisoftTM

Ubisoft is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubisoft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as has Ubisoft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubisoft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. Ubisoft generated a turnover of 453 million euros for the 2002/2003 fiscal year, up 23% over the previous fiscal year. To learn more, visit

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Emma Warburton - PR & Marketing Executive

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