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Unique Role Playing Aspects Of Hard To Be A God Revealed


28th February 2008

Hard To Be A God, the new action and adventure game from Ascaron to be released in April, uniquely combines the sci-fi and medieval fantasy genres with a mix of Hack & Slash and RPG gameplay. Exceptional attention to detail during game development results in an in-depth storyline, advanced character development and a diverse range of quests, set on a planet locked in medieval times.

Blurring genres

The original storyline distinguishes it from other role playing games. The crossover of medieval fantasy and sci-fi provides a unique opportunity to combine the archaic with the futuristic, mixing a medieval backdrop with technologically advanced items. The in-depth and intriguing story development immerses the player in the role of a secret agent sent from a futuristic Earth to the medieval, alien planet of Arkanar.

Character customisation

As the game progresses a unique individual, far removed from the secret agent at the start, will have evolved. Customisation of the character is made possible through combat skill or ability development, such as swordsmanship or negotiation. This fine-tunes the character to suit a particular type of gameplay. The different guises that the character is forced to take on, including bandit, don, aristocrat and monk, will affect the combat methods and style of gameplay.

Range of quests

A variety of quests needs to be completed, from defeating ruthless bandits to recovering a lost child. Different individuals will be met along the way, each with their own background storyline, adding to the depth of the game. Alternate ways to complete quests give the player choice in how best to progress; some quests require clever battle tactics or diplomacy, i.e. if outnumbered by a gang, kill the leader and the rest will cooperate, while others are dependent on nerve and strength.

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Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment / Nobilis

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Developer: Akella

Release date: 11thApril 2008

Price: £29.99

PEGI: 12+

Format: PC

Genre: RPG/Hack & Slash

About Ascaron Entertainment

>From Day One in 1989 Ascaron Entertainment has become one of the leading European "boutique" developers and Publishers of games for the PC, with many successful titles including Patrician, Port Royale, DarkStar One and SACRED.

Ascaron maintains development studios in Berlin, Gutersloh and Aachen (Germany), as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Ascaron currently markets its products in more than 40 countries and over 15 languages.

Ascaron Entertainment (UK) is an independent office and is highly regarded on a domestic and global scale. With a professional reputation, full-service product management, and a wealth of experience in the games industry, the UK operation manages the international releases of Ascaron's entire catalogue, whilst also providing a bespoke publishing, sales, PR and marketing function to selected affiliate label partners. Ascaron Entertainment (UK) continues to be responsible for successfully launching titles into the UK market from developers and publishers worldwide. Titles include the popular UFO, Panzers, Cossacks and Blitzkrieg series of games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle and TrackMania United.

About Nobilis

Nobilis Group, founded in Lyon in 2001, is specialized in the publication and distribution of video games and video game accessories. Nobilis produces multi-platform games for PC, XboxTM, Xbox360TM PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3, PSPTM, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSTM, and Interactive DVD.

Nobilis has distribution subsidiaries in France (Nobilis France in Lyon), Spain and Portugal (Nobilis Iberica in Madrid), Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg (Nobilis Benelux) and Italy (Rome).

Some of the most prominent partners that feature in Nobilis' catalogue feature 1C Company, Akella, Capcom, Cenega, City Interactive, Enlight Software, Focus, JoWooD, Lago, Lighthouse, RTL Enterprises GmbH, ZUXXEZ Entertainment AG

Nobilis' own games include "Destination Treasure Island"(PC), "The Secrets of Da Vinci, the forbidden manuscript"(PC), " Mountain Bike Adrenaline featuring Salomon"(PlayStation®2), "Moto Racer 3 Gold Edition"(PC), "Coffee Break" (PC), "Destination: Treasure Island", "Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny" (PC), "Emma® at the farm" (Nintendo DS) ...

Nobilis France is also a manufacturer/distributor of accessories thanks to his own brand: Subsonic . Nobilis produces multi-platform accessories for Xbox360TM, PSPTM, PSPTM Slim & Lite, PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3, Nintendo DSTM & Nintendo DSTM Lite and Nintendo Wii.

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