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Meridian4 and Frozenbyte Release Patch for Shadowgrounds!

For Immediate Release



Montreal, Canada. June 2, 2006 - Game publisher Meridian4 and developer Frozenbyte are releasing a patch for their very successful Action/Shooter; Shadowgrounds.


About the Patch


The patch features some minor fixes within the game and some additional features. The patch also prepares the game to support the upcoming downloadable Level Editor, which will be available next week. Below is a list of some of the fixes and added features:

FIXES:

* Crash bug related to fonts fixed (this affected PDAs, weapon upgrade menu and some others)
* Minor text fixes throughout the English version
* Many collisions fixed in the missions, the player should no longer be able to get to the "edge of the world" in any mission
* New sound drivers should help with some sound issues
* Mission 4: ISERCom; Some people have experienced problems like getting stuck in the corridor fight in the middle of Mission 4. (The doors should open automatically after x minutes).
* Mission 7: Provectus; in co-op, players should be able to continue the game if they die during the Provectus reactor fixing.
* GeForce 6600GT; some graphics bugs fixed (new NVIDIA drivers fix a lot of bugs too)

FEATURES:

* Keyboard-only aiming possibility added (no mouse required)
* Windowed mode now with titlebar (movable window)
* Unofficial support for more keyboard buttons
* After completing the game on "Hard" difficulty, a new difficulty setting "Very Hard" becomes available.
* After completing the game on "Very Hard" difficulty, the ultimate difficulty setting becomes available: "Impossible".
* "Reset After Load" added to Shadowgrounds Launcher; if the game crashes when you press "START" in the Loading Menu, disabling this feature may help on some graphics cards.
* Cheat code support added
* Configuration to allow future Level Editor support

For more information about Shadowgrounds or to download the patch, go to www.meridian4.com.

About Shadowgrounds

Shadowgrounds is an epic sci-fi game that blends addictive old school gameplay and modern technology creating one big, nasty alien-battling carnage festival. Played from a top-down perspective, Shadowgrounds give you full control over the battlefield and features a devastating arsenal of weapons, realistic and sometimes hair-raising lighting effects and tons of monsters to shoot, slice, electrocute and even flame broil!

* Upgrade weaponry with powerful modifications
* Face enormous monsters in boss battles
* Destructible environment allows players to wreak havoc with their arsenal
* Visit many exciting locations, including a secret military base and the alien-infested colony New Atlantis
* Fight side-by-side with NPC allies against the massive alien hordes
* Check security cameras and computer logs to investigate alien origins
* Realistic lighting with gameplay effects bring the aliens out of the shadows
* Enjoy horrifying sound effects and a thrilling music soundtrack made exclusively for Shadowgrounds
* Powered by Frozenbyte's incredible 3D engine!

SPECIAL FEATURE:

2-4 PLAYER CO-OP MULTIPLAYER! - 2-4 players can play the co-operative mode on the same computer to maximize the destruction.

About Frozenbyte

Frozenbyte is an independent game developer based in Helsinki, Finland. Founded in 2001, the company is out to show the world that dedication, hard work and innovation can still deliver inspiring games. Highly-anticipated Shadowgrounds is Frozenbyte's first commercial game and has already received much critical acclaim in Finland and Germany, where the game was released in November 2005.

About Meridian4

Meridian4 is an interactive software publisher located in Montreal, Canada. We are a new publishing company, with new ideas and a different approach to forming partnerships with developers. The difference is we actually form a partnership - a true relationship characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility to achieve the best possible performance for their products.

For more information or to request a review copy of Shadowgrounds, contact me at:

Steve Milburn
steve@meridian4.com
www.meridian4.com
514-697-2165

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