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Space Trader - Merchant Marine

Nominated for Best Simulation game of the year and seeking votes.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada – February 4, 2009 – Meridian4 ( http://www.meridian4.com) and Hermitworks Entertainment Corporation are pleased to announce that their Trading Sim/FPS game; Space Trader – Merchant Marine has been nominated for Best Simulation game of the year and is looking for your votes.

"Every year we let our readers choose to nominate their favorite games for the year. We believe this gives a true measure of what games are good, as opposed to some editors sitting around in a back room and plotting the results. This year over 50,000 readers took up the call and put their favorite games up for a vote," said John Breeden II, chief editor of Gameindustry.com. "The top five games in each category are the nominees for the year, and now the full voting takes place. We anticipate over 100,000 votes will be cast between now and February 15th. But just getting nominated is tough, and there are a ton of great games to choose from. I don't envy the readers' jobs, trying to pick out the best from this fine group."

"Meridian4 has always known that Space Trader is a great game and it is wonderful to see that it is getting this kind of recognition. What makes it even better, is that this independently developed game was nominated by the gamers.” said Andy Sher, CEO of Meridian4. "So we encourage everyone to vote and vote often because it is great to be nominated, but even better to win.”

To vote got to www.gameindustry.com and click on the GiN Game of the Year icon.

About Space Trader

In the far future, humanity is ruled by The Ministry of Accounts, an oppressive bureaucracy that tracks, records and taxes every transaction of daily life. From the depths of Red Tape, a new breed of marketeer arises to challenge the authority and make a profit: the Space Trader is born!

As a Trader, you will attempt to amass a fortune beyond your wildest imagination, buying and selling commodities and taking up arms against the oppressors or even accepting bounty missions, hunting down crime bosses and their thugs.

Trader Campaign: Start as a rookie trader and earn your way to Master Trader using shrewd trades, back alley deals, bribes, a well placed bullet and more through a challenging 5-level single-player campaign.

Three Ways to Challenge: Master your trading skills in three unique challenge missions; Moon Madness, Free Trade and Red Eye Trader.

From Iron Ore to Organs: Turn misfortune to profit. Buy low, sell high. Over 40 different commodities to supply the demand.

Have Ship, Will Travel: Visit seven planetary locations, their moons and stops along the way and interact with over 100 characters.

Conflict Builds Character: Using an assortment of unique weapons, bring dozens of crime bosses to justice and turn a tidy profit.

Competitive Cooperative: Challenge your friends and family, not just your peers over LAN or Internet. Working together has never been so competitive!

About Meridian4

Meridian4 is an interactive software publisher located in Montreal, Canada. A new publishing company, with new ideas and a different approach to forming partnerships with developers, Meridian 4 aims to actually form a partnership – a true relationship characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility to achieve the best possible performance for developers’ products. For more information, visit http://www.meridian4.com.

About Hermitworks

HermitWorks Entertainment Corporation is an independent game company founded in 2004 by industry veterans Cameron and Marcia Tofer. HermitWorks is an innovative company interested in developing games that casual and hard core gamers can play together. Using current and emerging technologies the HermitWorks team is known for inspiring new ideas. For more information, visit http://www.hermitworksentertainment.com.

For more information about this title or any of our games, do not hesitate to contact me.

Steve Milburn



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