AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – August 20, 2009 – 505 Games U.S., in collaboration with 1C Company, today released a single-player demo for upcoming flight combat game IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey. The demo is now available for download on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3, in addition to being available on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
PlayStation3 owners can now join the more than 625,000 Xbox LIVE Arcade demo players already taking over the skies of Dover. The IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey demo gives players a taste of two of the game’s memorable conflict scenarios: The Battle of Britain and The Battle of the Bulge. Gaijin Entertainment’s eagerly anticipated WWII aerial combat will be available September 8, 2009 for Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo DS and PSP.
In Battle of Britain: Red Skies Over Dover, players are given the role of a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot commanding the legendary Mk. II Spitfire with B wing armament (two canons, four machine guns). What starts off as a routine ‘mopping up’ mission on a few stray He-111 German bombers soon develops into an all-out battle in which the RAF faced their finest hour. The mission demonstrates the skills required to intercept larger bombers as well as the more nimble Stuka bombers. The need to use wingmen effectively will become apparent as the mission unfolds and survivors will have the opportunity to land on a home airstrip.
In Battle of the Bulge: Tiger Hunt, the US Air Force P-51D Mustang is the weapon of choice, as players are tasked with taking out Germans ripping through the Ardennes. Defending FW-190 fighters will also have to be dispatched to help overcome the Tigers as US forces aim to stem the German advance and defend the front line. The mission will allow players to try rocket attacks on ground targets as well as sample the snow-capped vistas of the Belgian landscape in December.
Based around large-scale aerial combat over the ground-based military operations of World War II, variety is at the heart of the action in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. Players participate in the most famous confrontations of the era piloting fighters, battle planes or heavy bombers across a range of missions. There are six theatres of war in which to engage – The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and Korsun – representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe.
As well as taking environmental and landscape visuals to new heights by incorporating satellite technology, IL-2 boasts a tangible damage effects engine. Players will see real-time damage to the aircraft that includes holes on the wings and trail lines during dogfights. IL-2 will support up to 16 players in multiplayer aerial combat set across four scenarios - Dogfight, Team Battle, Strike and Capture the Airfield.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey will be published by 505 Games in collaboration with 1C Company in North America on September 8, 2009 for Xbox 360, PS3, DS and PSP platforms. For the latest information, visit the official Web site at http://www.il2game.com or follow IL-2 on Twitter http://twitter.com/IL2BirdsOfPrey.
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About 505 Games
505 Games, headquartered in Milton Keynes is dedicated to the publishing and international distribution of full price, mid-range and budget computer and videogames in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) markets and Australia. The current portfolio includes the best selling games Cooking Mama, ArmA: Armed Assault, Bust-a-Move and Armored Core and covers all gaming platforms, including next generation consoles like Sony PlayStation® 3, Nintendo Wii™ and Microsoft Xbox 360™. For More information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.co.uk.
About 1C Company
1C Company specializes in distribution, publishing and development of business, entertainment and educational software. Founded in 1991, 1C has become the largest publisher and distributor of computer and video games in Eastern and Central Europe. 1C Company is widely acknowledged as a game developer and has several internal studios. Internal developments of 1C include I L-2 Sturmovik series and Theatre of War. 1C Company works as a publisher and producer with over 30 independent development studios and has produced over 100 projects for PC and consoles including titles like Space Rangers, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, Men of War, Perimeter, Fantasy Wars, Elven Legacy, Death to Spies, King’s Bounty: The Legend. For more information, please visit www.1cpublishing.com.
About Gaijin Entertainment
Gaijin Entertainment specializes in creation of games for various platforms (PC/PS3/Xbox 360) and also gives much attention to technology-related research work which provides attraction and applicability to the company's solutions in changeable IT market conditions. At the moment Gaijin team is represented by six departments and over sixty highly qualified employees. The company's projects have received a range of mass media and game industry awards including a few Russian Game developers conference “Best simulator”, “Best game for next-gen consoles” ( IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey / PS3, X-box 360), “Best technologies” for Dagor Engine™, “Best sound” and many more.