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The Stage is set!

Theatre of War Release Date announced

Press information for immediate release

1C and Battlefront.com are thrilled to announce the official release date for Theatre of War, the much anticipated World War Two real-time strategy game by the creators of IL-2 Sturmovik and the makers of Combat Mission!

Theatre of War will be released worldwide on April 19, 2007. The game is not sold in stores due to Battlefront's "independent publisher" policy, and is available directly from www.battlefront.com with several purchase options:

- digital download for $45

- mail delivery for $45 plus S&H

- both immediate download AND mail delivery for $55 plus S&H

All mail orders are shipped out of Battlefront's two warehouses located in the US and in Ireland, Europe.

Pre-orders will be opening later this week with an extra $10 savings, and a free downloadable Gold demo is planned for early April.

Localized versions of Theatre of War are already in the making for Spain, Italy and France, and WILL be released in stores in those countries by Battlefront's partner distributors.

Theatre of War - GAME FEATURES

Theatre of War depicts stunning battles of World War II between 1939-1945. Command hundreds of different unit types in 5 historical campaigns (US/UK, Soviet, German, French and Polish). This isn't just another WW2 RTS click-fest, but a thrilling Real Time Combat Simulator with an emphasis on realism and detail, and real world military tactics that will challenge even the most battle hardened armchair general!

Real Time Combat Simulation - Realistic engagement ranges of up to 2 km, detailed shell ballistics, armor penetration calculations and damage effects coupled with destructible environments, trenches, fortifications and individually tracked weapons, equipment, ammo and vehicles 5 Historical Campaigns, each with unique units and equipment - US/UK, Soviet, German, French and Polish Over 40 campaign missions based on real WWII battles Over 30 different maps designed using historical military documents and covering a variety of seasons, weather conditions and environments Single (non-campaign) Battles plus Training scenarios Unique Role Playing Elements: soldiers gain experience and new skills as they progress though the campaigns Soldiers can be Promoted and awarded Medals and Decorations Real World Military Tactics: Units fight using authentic tactical formations and realistic battle drills. Amazing Freedom of Action: Replace and reinforce gun crews, pick up dropped weapons, capture enemy equipment and even select specific weapons and ammo to use Advanced Individual Unit AI: Units intelligently react to changing battle situations and conditions. They will take cover, avoid obstacles and seek to gain the upper hand against their enemies Huge assortment of units, uniforms, equipment and vehicles: hundreds of different unit types including Tanks, AT Guns, Support Vehicles, Armored Cars, MG Teams, Anti-Tank Rifles, Aircraft, Artillery, Infantry and more from the major nations of WWII; all based on historical military sources Dynamic Battlefields; Wage war in all four seasons over beautifully rendered landscapes. Watch as trees get knocked over by tanks, vehicles crush men and equipment under their treads, tracers stitch across no mans land and high explosive shells leave huge smoking craters Devastating Airstrikes and Artillery Barrages State of the art 3D character animation and graphics Easy to use order system. Command your troops quickly and efficiently and keep tabs on their individual status with the innovate soldier monitor system Multiplay Support (Internet/LAN) Powerful Mission and Campaign Editor included!

For more information about the game, please bookmark:

http://www.battlefront.com/products/tow/index.html

Official Theatre of War discussion forum (meet the developers!) open at:

http://www.battlefront.com/cgi-bin/bbs/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum;f=63

STATEMENTS

Martin van Balkom, Battlefront.com president: Many people have been waiting for this day for a long time. Formerly known under the working title WW2RTS this game has seen a long and let's say "eventful" development cycle during which it has been voted several times as one of the top 10 most anticipated titles. With the joint venture between 1C and our team at Battlefront the expectations have even grown, and after a few busy months of concentrated efforts since last year the game that so many fans have been dreaming about is almost ready for prime time. We're excited and thrilled about the end product which is building a bridge between fun and fast real-time action while at the same time presenting the player with a credible simulation of World War Two combat from all the European fronts. The stage has been set for the Theatre of War!

Nikolay Baryshnikov, International Sales Director, 1C Company: We are happy that the development stage of Theatre of War has finally reached its finish line. We were working on it for a long period of time and tried to take into account as many opinions and requests of the community as possible. We wanted to make a game we would be proud of. By all means the final verdict will be delivered by customers but I think that together with Battlefront we made Theatre of War a game capable of setting new standards for the genre.

COMPANY BACKGROUND INFORMATION

About Battlefront.com

Battlefront.com is an independent, internet-based publisher and developer of superior war and strategy games, among them the award-winning 3D tactical WWII combat simulation series Combat Mission (three successive Wargame of the Year Awards). Other titles include the grand strategy classic Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg by award-winning designer Hubert Cater, the WWII air combat game Down in Flames and the Eastern Front expansion by Dan Verssen, the uniquely "realistic" Sci-Fi combat game DropTeam and the famous TacOps 4 modern combat simulation, a commercial version of the official tactical training tool used by the U.S. Army. Upcoming titles include, the ultimate Napoleonic combat simulation HistWar: Les Grognards from Jean-Michel Mathé, and the long awaited next installment in the Combat Mission series, Combat Mission Shock Force, with an all new focus on modern tactical combat! Besides computer games, Battlefront.com offers a selection of books, prints, and other warfare related articles to one of the world's largest and fastest growing wargamer fan communities!

Find out more at www.battlefront.com

About 1C Company

1C Company specializes in distribution, publishing and development of interactive entertainment products and business software. Founded in 1991, 1C has become the leading publisher and distributor of computer games in Eastern and Central Europe. 1C Company is widely acknowledged as a game developer and has several internal studios. Internal developments of 1C include IL-2 Sturmovik, IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles, Aces Expansion Pack and Pacific Fighters. 1C Company works as a publisher and producer with over 30 independent development studios and has produced over 100 projects for PC and consoles.

For more information about 1C Company, please visit: http://int.games.1c.ru

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