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Legion Arena

Original game and Cult of Mithras expansion going downloadable via the Softwrap system.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

"If you want to fight epic battles in real-time and on a detailed 3D landscape, Legion Arena might just be for you" (Worthplaying)
 

VARESE, ITALY -6st MARCH 2006

The fast growing publisher Black Bean today announced that it will be joining forces with SoftwrapTM in order to supply digital downloads of its popular real time strategy title Legion Arena. In a deal that will see both the original title and the brand new expansion The Cult of Mithras available through the download service.

Legion Arena plunges gamers in to the Roman world to take part in the most famous battles of the ancient world. With epic battles and highly scalable gameplay and not to mention the in depth system where players can train and upgrade their troops, Legion Arena is an exciting prospect for any budding commander. Re-live history and carve out an Empire.

The Cult of Mithras takes the well balenced and in depth gameplay of Legion Arena and adds a mythological twist to the recipy. Command armies of ghosts and demons, watching your enemies run in terror! Spanning 7 campaigns and adding a whole host of new features the Cult of Mithras is an expansion that provides excelent value for money.

"We are extremely excited to be working with Softwrap on Legion Arena." Said Marco Minoli of Black Bean "The ability to explore new delivery methods is a fantastic step forward for us and with digital downloads becoming more prominent we are hoping that this new partnership will be beneficial to both parties."

Check it out and buy it at www.legionarena.com

LEGION ARENA FEATURES

  • Gamers recruit and train their troops
  • Buy equipment and choose their skills with over 100 skills to choose from
  • Personalize the appearance of each squad
  • Command vast armies in epic 3-D battles
  • Earn experience and denari for every victory
  • Choice of two campaign paths-play as Romans or Gauls
  • Over 100 scenarios
  • Over 20 unique unit types including Legionaires, Praetorians, Elephants, and Fanatics
  • Special effects including water, particles, lighting & night battles, weather and grass
  • Detailed combat model design by twice world wargaming champion, Iain McNeil
  • Deploy troops and issue orders before battle
  • Real time control in battle using Slitherine's innovative order time system
  • Every unit has strengths and weaknesses

Two-Player head-to-head

LEGION ARENA: THE CULT OF MITHRAS FEATURES

  • 35 new battles spread across 7 new campaigns
  • New unit types including Fire Demons, Shadow Warriors and Ghost Legions. Fight against them in the Roman campaign or play a specially modified version that lets you control the beasts
  • Take the new unit types online and battle your opponents. Only players with the Cult of Mithras expansion will be able to purchase Ghosts and Fire demos, but your opponents will be able to see them and feel the damage they do, even if they only have Legion Arena
  • Enhanced storyline, with twists and turns that really brings the game to life
  • Linked battles that prevent healing up between and add a whole new layer of strategy
  • New graphical effects including fire and ghostly figures
  • 15 new pieces of equipment
  • 12 new skills to learn
  • Receive awards from the god Mithras when your complete a campaign and ascend to the next level. These range from a crown that improves your command abilities to a Persian Sword that improves your combat skills
  • Continue your existing saved game into the Cult of Mithras or load up a default army included in the expansion

For further information

Livio Cantagallo - Italy

tel: +39 0332 874 329

@: [email protected]

David Halse - UK

Tel: +44 1372 822 842

@: [email protected]

About Lago/Black Bean. Black Bean is the games label of Lago Srl, which is part of the Leader Group. Leader SpA has been the leading independent distributor in Italy since it started business in 1984. Leader is based in Gazzada (Varese) which is situated 30 miles north of Milan in northern Italy. Black Bean philosophy is to focus on a wide range of games genre leveraging on the niche targets that remain uncovered into the market. By adding original content to the products and by fully localising the titles Black Bean's vision is to remain close to player's needs. Black Bean has distribution partners all across Europe and PAL territories including Australia and South Africa. www.blackbeangames.com

About SoftwrapTM

Softwrap is a virtual shrink-wrapping program that provides authors and distributors with a secure means of selling and distributing their software digitally, whilst at the same time providing the consumer with 'try-before-you-buy' facilities.

Softwrap Limited, a British-based company, is a leading DRM company that specializes in products and services that enable digital distribution and sales in many formats. For further information please visit www.softwrap.com

Contact: Dylan Solomon, COO, [email protected], + 44 (0) 20 7089 4111

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