London, UK - 23rd September, 2004 - Ubisoft, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, today announced that its new flight combat title Pacific Fighters will launch with a multiplayer mode that will allow up to 128 players to participate in live online aerial dogfights. In addition, Ubisoft has re-launched the IL-2-series community website that will now feature forums, news and updates on Oleg Maddox's upcoming Pacific Fighters, as well as information on other titles from the award-winning IL-2 series.
For the first time in any retail combat flight simulation, Pacific Fighters will allow massive live engagements for up to 128 players in dogfight mode on the same dedicated server via Internet or LAN. Cooperative play and dynamic online campaigns are also available for up to 32 players. Whether it's in dogfight or cooperative mode, Pacific Fighters will provide an unparalleled online multiplayer experience. In addition to live players, the game also includes a large number of AI-controlled aircraft, ships and ground vehicles. Pacific Fighters provides a faithful re-creation of the most decisive battles of WWII's Pacific theater, in famous locations like Midway, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, where the courage of a single pilot could turn the tide of war.
"We are thrilled to offer flight-sim enthusiasts the opportunity to fight in massive live engagements. Aerial dog-fighting between live opponents in multiplayer will never be the same again. The opportunity to join huge squadrons or plan a Task Force to route the enemy will be amazing in Pacific Fighters," said producer Fabrice Cambounet.
In addition, Ubisoft is proud to announce the re-launch of its extremely popular Il-2 series community website www.il2sturmovik.com, which has been updated to include the latest info for Pacific Fighters. New content for this site includes new screens and an all-new, downloadable trailer featuring Pacific Fighters combat. View some of the 40 flyable aircraft in action, including the popular Corsair in carrier engagements, dogfights and ground attacks. Backed by Oleg Maddox and the team that created the IL-2 series, Pacific Fighters allows players to participate in the most compelling Pacific air war experience ever created.
"It's great to be able to provide one place for fans of 1C: Maddox games to visit for the most up-to-date content, forums and news on the entire line of Oleg Maddox games, including the IL-2 games already released and the new Pacific Fighters, which is coming soon," said Ilya Shevchenko, lead development producer. "Fans who have played and enjoyed any of the IL-2 games will love Pacific Fighters with its new Pacific theater location and its upgraded multiplayer options."
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1C Company specializes in the distribution, publishing and development of interactive entertainment products and business software. Founded in 1991, 1C has become the leading Russian company publishing and distributing computer games in the former USSR. 1C Company is widely acknowledged as a game developer and has two internal studios. Internal development projects include Konung Legends of the North, IL-2 Sturmovik, IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles and Wartime Command. 1C Company works as a publisher and producer with over 20 leading Russian independent development studios and has produced over 50 projects for PC, Xbox®, and PlayStation®2. More information about the company is available at http://int.games.1c.ru.
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