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Virtual Skipper 5

What's that, Skippy? There are some new videos?

26th September 2008

Virtual Skipper 5, the latest edition of the successful series of 3D regatta simulation games from Ascaron and 93 Games will be released in October 2008. In this new version players take the helm of luxury sailing boats, racing across the open water of more internationally renowned ocean courses than ever before, including Qingdao, the sailing venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Ascaron and 93 Games have released a new game trailer and five in-game videos, which can be viewed online at the new web site,

To watch the new trailer online visit:

Enjoyable to watch even for non-sailors, the official Virtual Skipper 5 videos introduce the boat classes featured in the game; the Offshore Racer, Melges 24, ACC and Class Open 60 trimarans. All the boats are authentically rendered and animated as they navigate through 14 renowned sailing courses.

Virtual Skipper 5 uses multiple high-quality shaders to create realistic nautical water and weather effects. Changeable factors which will affect sailing conditions are water depth, which changes colour as it varies, weather conditions and the time of the day.

The game offers sophisticated wave animations that mimic actual wave dynamics, currents, rotating winds and chop, all of which are integrated and interdependent.

Virtual Skipper 5 is the re-released version of the successful 32nd America’s Cup sailing simulation game.

Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment

Web: /

Developer: 93 Games

Release date: 3rd October 2008

PEGI: 3+

Format: PC

Genre: Sailing Simulation

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 93GAMES

Founded in 1996, 93GAMES is a French publishing and distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity, quality and originality of its catalogue, 93GAMES now publishes and distributes many of its titles throughout Europe and also world-wide in both boxed retail and digital distribution formats. The last five years have been very successful for 93GAMES in France, with many of its PC licenses becoming top-sellers. 93GAMES has also published several original titles, including the adventure game Runaway, the renowned Cycling Manager and the much-loved TrackMania. The coming months will be exciting and full of surprises with the release of high-quality games such as Blood Bowl, TrackMania DS, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Sherlock Holmes and sport games dedicated to major events such as the America’s Cup or the Tour de France.

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