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Frontline: Kursk takes you back to the classics of Blitzkrieg

New York, USA (October 17, 2006) - Recently, Paradox Interactive and Nival Interactive announced a collaboration around a new RTS series where players are taken to the frontline and where the gameplay is going back to its RTS roots - inspired by games like "Blitzkrieg".

Now Paradox Interactive elaborates on what players can expect from the first installment in the series - "Frontline: Kursk".

Frontline: Kursk takes you back to the classics of Blitzkrieg

"Frontline: Kursk" follows in the footsteps of the original "Blitzkrieg" and incorporates the best aspects of the now classic RTS games. While fans of "Blitzkrieg" will recognize some familiarities, there are plenty of new and exciting features that promise to occupy gamers'. Most of the focus has been placed on the reinforcements system and the balance of the game. The project's corner stones are the historical method and the authenticity. Accordingly in "Frontline: Kursk", the player gets all reinforcements as rewards for the completed mission tasks. The only "free" reinforcement available to players is calling air forces to their aid. The reinforcement's staff corresponds with historical realities. That means that the "tank rush" tactics are not as effective as they would have been in previous "Blitzkrieg" games. The victory in a battle depends on how well the different units cooperate under the player's command, much as if it was in real life.

The new (but still recognizable to original "Blitzkrieg" fans) reinforcements system in combination with the overhauled balance opens great perspectives for different tactic and strategic methods. All units' parameters have been religiously corrected in compliance with their real historic analogues. For example, the shoot range for most of the units has grown, but infantry is not cannon fodder any more. The neatly thrown grenade can completely disable the tanks track, turning the threatening fighting vehicle to an easy mark for infantry. It is also worth noting that the typical promotion system found in "Blitzkrieg 2" has disappeared. In "Frontline: Kursk" there is only one hero - the player - who gets the experience as well as the ranks and rewards.

"Frontline: Kursk" is scheduled for a release during Q1, 2007 and is developed by Nival Interactive and N-Game Studios.

For more information about the upcoming worldwide release of Frontline: Kursk or Paradox Interactive, please contact pr@paradoxplaza.com.

About Paradox Interactive

Paradox Interactive has been a leading publisher and developer of strategy games for the PC platform since 1999. Well-known worldwide for their strategy titles, the company has a particularly strong presence in Europe and the US. The steadily growing publishing portfolio includes in-house developed titles such as critically acclaimed franchises Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron; as well as third party titles that include Rush for Berlin in North America, Galactic Civilizations II in Europe and upcoming worldwide release of Frontline: Kursk.

The experienced Paradox development team is currently working on Europa Universalis III, its biggest production yet. Visit Paradox Interactive

About Nival Interactive

Nival Interactive, Inc. is an international game developer and publisher, and the largest development studio in Eastern Europe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with a main creative studio based in Moscow, Russia, the company is expanding its expertise and experience in gaming to achieve aggressive growth in the production of PC, console, handheld, mobile and casual games. Founded by Sergey Orlovskiy in 1996, over the past decade Nival has developed more than 15 high quality and internationally successful games. Nival is currently in development on several new products, including Heroes of Might and Magic V for Ubisoft Entertainment, which will join a prestigious family of titles that includes the Blitzkrieg, Etherlords, Silent Storm and Rage of Mages franchises. For more information about Nival, visit Nival.

Nival Interactive's majority shareholder is Ener1 Group, a privately held, diversified technology investment holding company with offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, New York and Moscow. The firm's assets include ownership in 11 portfolio companies in a variety of technology and technology-driven industries.

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