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SOTS Enhanced Demo Released

HAARLEM-The Netherlands- October 13th 2006- Leading publisher Lighthouse Interactive and Canadian developer Kerberos Productions announced today the release of a new Enhanced Demo version of their groundbreaking 4x space PC strategy game "Sword of the Stars".

Raymond Snippe, Development Manager at Lighthouse said: "We have been overwhelmed with the response that Sword of the Stars has been receiving since its release several weeks ago. The team has continued implementing some improvements and enhancements to the overall game and we have already issued a major patch that addressed some of the fan feedback." He went on to say: "We felt it was important to let interested gamers in on the improved experience by incorporating the changes into a new demo release. While the basics of the demo have stayed the same, the changes have made a world of difference. You gotta try it."

Following the English retail version, this enhanced demo has been updated to the latest 1.1.1 version of the full game and holds a number of fixes and updates compared to the previous demo that was released in July 2006. The enhanced demo contains a.o. the following improvements:

Tactical GUI enhancements to make command and control of ships and targeting of enemies easier for new players.

Additional feedback and more automatic navigation in Strategy screens.

Improved multiplayer lobby features - making it easier to find and join games.

New player avatars and player configurable "hot keys" and more game play options.

Addressed several compatibility and networking issues for smoother gameplay.

The enhanced Sword of the Stars Demo weighs about 230 MB and is available from one of the mirrors on our product page.

About Sword of the Stars

Developed by key members from the Homeworld and Homeworld: Cataclysm team, Sword of the Stars offers players a breakthrough gaming experience by incorporating a unique multiplayer capability into the modern 4X-era. Players 'eXplore', 'eXpand', 'eXploit', and 'eXterminate' their way across the galaxy and can now also do so against other players, resulting in epic online multiplayer battles across deep space.

Sword of the Stars brings a dynamic mix of strategic turn-based empire building and real-time tactical combat resolution and is designed to be both inviting to the newest 4X gamer and satisfying for the most die-hard gaming strategists. With stunning graphics, a random technology tree and an immersive universe to explore, Sword of the Stars will thrill and delight players as they take control of cosmic empires, alien technologies and vast interstellar armadas.

For more information about Sword of the Stars please visit the official website at: www.swordofthestars.com

Special Notes:

1. A complete list of fixes and upgrades for the 1.1.1. version of the game is available at the Lighthouse forum

2. A German language version of the enhanced 1.1.1 Demo was released several weeks ago and can be found here

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