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Legion Arena ready to conquer Europe

Black Bean announces the new RPG for the Autumn

"Caesar primum suo, deinde omnium ex conspectu remotis equis, ut aequato omnium periculo spem fugae tolleret, cohortatus suos proelium commisit. Milites loco superiore pilis missis facile hostium phalangem perfregerunt. Ea disiecta gladiis destrictis in eos impetum fecerunt." [De Bello Gallico; Liber I- XXV "Elvezies leaves the country"] *

Varese, 6th July 2005. Plunge into the Roman world and take part in the most famous battles of the ancient world. Some you will already have seen in strategy games. But Legion Arena is much more than a battle game!

Many recent strategy games have tried to take the genre in a different direction by adding action and stealth gameplay. Legion Arena instead adds all the progression and story elements of a role-playing game. Legion Arena is a pure entertainment cocktail with epic battles and highly scalable gameplay.

All set in a realistic and stunning world, Legion Arena allows you to retrace the most significant moments of Roman history, but with you in command! Take your army from its humble begins through over 100 scenarios to re-live the history and carve out an Empire.

Recruits are turned into hardened warriors by battle, gaining skills and characteristics as chosen by you. Only a true commander will be able to train his troops, choose their skills, determine their battle plans and guide them to victory on the battlefield and become the master strategist.

Legion Arena will release in Autumn 2005 on PC. This confirms Black Bean's position as a rising star in the strategy game genre.

Marco Minoli, head of marketing for Black Bean, says: "Legion Arena is an idea before being game. It brings strategy to a level where entertainment and fun are directly linked to the gamer's capacity to plan the battles and to succeed as a commander. There is no boring time at all during the gameplay, because even in the most strategic part, there is always a chance a single move can be wrong and cause defeat. What we liked in Legion Arena is all here: to combine a mind breaking experience with a stunning real time action engine. Slitherine are delivering a huge and entertaining experience this time around".

Confirming their choice of Black Bean and enthusiasm for this new title Iain McNeil, Lead Designer of Slitherine Strategies, adds: "Black Bean are growing publisher. We were impressed their professionalism and the direction the company is taking. You can expect great things from them in the future and we're really pleased to be working with them."

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*"Caesar, having removed out of sight first his own horse, then those of all, that he might make the danger of all equal, and do away with the hope of flight, after encouraging his men, joined battle. His soldiers hurling their javelins from the higher ground, easily broke the enemy's phalanx. That being dispersed, they made a charge on them with drawn swords." [De Bello Gallico - Book I]

For further information

Tania Rossi

Black Bean Pr Manager

tel: +39 (0)332 874 451

@: t.rossi@blackbeangames.com

About Lago/Black Bean. Black Bean is the games label of Lago Srl, which is part of the Leader Group. Leader SpA has been the leading independent distributor in Italy since it started business in 1984. Leader is based in Gazzada (Varese) which is situated 30 miles north of Milan in northern Italy. Black Bean philosophy is to focus on a wide range of games genre leveraging on the niche targets that remain uncovered into the market. By adding original content to the products and by fully localising the titles Black Bean's vision is to remain close to player's needs. Black Bean has distribution partners all across Europe and PAL territories including Australia and South Africa. www.blackbeangames.com

About Slitherline. Created on the 4th of July 2000, Slitherine Software UK Ltd. is a privately funded limited company.

Slitherine Software is an independent UK developer. We are a small and talented team who have been in the games industry since the early 1990's working on games such as T-Tex, Desert Strike, Red Alert, Dune, Dune Emperor, Deus Ex and Urban Chaos on platforms from the Amiga, Lynx, SNES, PSX, GBC, Dreamcast to PC.

Slitherine Software have recently launched the Slitherine Strategies brand. Through this brand we are dedicated to bringing highly playable and approachable strategy games to the mass market. Slitherine Software are uniquely placed to deliver due to our experience within the industry and also the wider gaming community. Two of our founding members are also world champions in table top wargaming, giving us an incomparable insight into the workings of strategy games. This combined with our experience of working on high profile entertainment software mean we are well placed to meet our promises. Legion, Slitherine's first game, has sold over 150,000 copies world wide and is still selling thousands every month.

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