London, UNITED KINGDOM - September 22nd, 2005 - Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced that it has reached a co-publishing and distribution agreement with Hip Interactive Europe, an international publisher of PC and video games, to bring Rugby Challenge 2006 on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and Windows® PC DVD-ROM in Europe and PAL territories. Developed by Swordfish studios, the creators of the critically-acclaimed Jonah Lomu Rugby, Rugby Challenge 2006 is scheduled for November 2005.
Earlier this year Ubisoft announced its intention to enter the sports arena, and one of its first titles - And 1® Streetball - will be released during Q4 of its fiscal year. Rugby Challenge 2006 is an example of its commitment to the sports genre, and will be the first title published by Ubisoft in this segment to hit shelves.
"Rugby Challenge 2006 brings sports gamers and rugby fans the most complete and intuitive Rugby simulation" said John Parkes EMEA marketing director at Ubisoft. "Not only will Rugby Challenge 2006 offer plenty of living-room fun with realistic graphics and animations but also a wide choice of real teams and stadiums along with the new 2006 Rugby content."
- A new reference in rugby simulation: The game provides up-to-date 2006 content (names, teams, tournament, and rules) and the fluid and quick play phases of a real rugby game. 5 official stadiums have been reproduced and more than 450 teams & 2000 players in total.
- Prestigious official licenses: National teams, the "Six Nations tournament", the official leagues (Top 14 in France, Premiership in England, Celtic league in Scotland, Ireland and Wales).
- Editor mode to customize players, teams and tournaments: Create your own leagues and cups.
- Complete training and tutorial modes: Learn and understand the rules of Rugby (easy, normal, and difficult). Become the stadium god!
- A realistic detailed and fun career mode: Player transfers, player recruitment, hiring coaches, weekly training sessions, financial management, injury management, and more.
- Live commentaries by official commentators: John Inverdale from BBC & Dewi Morris from Sky Sports for England. Jean Abeilhou & JérTMme Cazalbou from France 2 for France.
- Up to 4 players on the same platform
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8% over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
About Hip Interactive Europe: (www.hip-europe.com ):
Hip Interactive Europe is a full subsidiary of Hip Interactive (TSX: HP). Hip Interactive is a publisher and distributor of videogames and accessories for interactive leisure. With its headquarters in Marseilles (France), Hip Interactive Europe publishes and distributes videogames on all the European territories as well as other PAL territories. Hip Interactive Europe is present on all the main platforms: PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance. Hip Interactive Europe produces games based on its own brands but also on licences coming from the most important Hollywood Majors such as The Mummy The Animated series from Universal or Garfield from PAWS.
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