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Great Battles of Rome

'Si vis pacem, para bellum ' - ' If you seek peace, prepare for war'- Publius Renatus, 390 AD

Rome/New York - February 12th, 2007 - Friends, Romans, Gamers prepare to delve into the world of ancient Rome as never before!

Leading videogame developers Slitherine Software and Black Bean Games have partnered with The History Channel® to deliver their latest and most exciting gaming experience, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® Great Battles of Rome. Combining cutting-edge gameplay, historical footage and battle simulation, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® Great Battles of Rome allows players to fully immerse themselves into history as never before.

Merging action and strategy in a setting that replicates the atmosphere of the period, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® Great Battles of Rome allows players to take control of a series of campaigns against Barbarian hordes, while carving out the Roman Empire.

Over 100 battles are available for play including the Punic and Samnite Wars, and Julius Caesar's conquest of Britain. Players can customize and control massive armies with an array of soldiers including legionaries, archers, cavalry and even mighty war-elephants. The game delivers battle realism in various environments, including steppe, forest, desert and coastline, with both day and night lighting.

Players can also choose to either plan their own battle tactics by selecting an army to suit a gameplay situation, or they can leave strategy decisions to the AI, freeing them to be involved in nothing but action!

THE HISTORY CHANNEL® Great Battles of Rome also features 3D special effects and instant control response.

In addition, 30 program clips from the archives of The History Channel have been specially blended and narrated to match the game and guide the player through the greatest story of all time.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL® Great Battles of Rome will be released on PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and PC DVD.

Let history remember the GREAT BATTLES OF ROME !

Marco Minoli, Head of Marketing at Black Bean: "We are proud of this collaboration between The History Channel, Slitherine and Black Bean enabling us to publish a licensed video game with excellent graphics and realism. The endorsement of such a prestigious brand, reinforces and confirms Black Bean's global credentials as one of the most innovative and respected publishing houses in the business."

Iain McNeil - Slitherine: "We have been working with The History Channel and our partner Black Bean to bring the highest quality and exciting historical video games to our audience. Our relationship with The History Channel has enabled us to use material from their archives that we could only dream about. This builds on our previous range of historical strategy games and brings a new dimension to the genre"

Carrie Trimmer, Director of Licensing - The History Channel: "We are very pleased to be working with Slitherine and Black Bean on the development of THE HISTORY CHANNEL Great Battles of Rome, the first international console game to be released under our brand. The History Channel is always looking for ways to make history experiential for our viewers, and by giving them the power to build their own armies and plot battle strategy, this game truly allows players to be a part of the building of the Roman Empire."

About The History Channel

Now available in over 125 countries in more than 210 million TV households, The History Channel is the only international television network devoted exclusively to historical programming, featuring informative and entertaining series, specials and documentaries. The network reveals the power and passion of history, allowing viewers to experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past.

About Slitherine Software UK Ltd

Created on the 4th of July 2000, Slitherine Software UK Ltd. is a privately funded and independent UK developer and publisher. The team are all industry professionals with experience dating back to the early 1990's. Prior to forming Slitherine, the team worked on a range of triple A titles such as Red Alert, Dune, Dune Emperor, Deus Ex, Urban Chaos and Harry Potter. Since launching its Slitherine Strategies brand the company has released numerous historical strategy games including Legion, Legion Gold, Chariots of War, Spartan, Gates of Troy, Legion Arena and Cult of Mithras. Slitherine in collaboration with The History Channel is now to add a further great title to its portfolio, The History Channel: Great Battles of Rome. Additionally there are three new games in development, scheduled for release next year. Website - http://www.slitherine.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 in the market. By adding original content to the products and by fully localising the titles Black Bean's vision is to remain close to the player's needs. Black Bean has distribution partners all across Europe and PAL territories including Australia and South Africa. www.blackbeangames.com


For Slitherine Software:


Tel: +44 1372 812132


For Black Bean:

Livio Cantagallo

Tel: +39 0332 874 329


For The History Channel:

Kerri Tarmey

Tel: +1 212 551 1504


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