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Ubisoft brings call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth on PC to Europe

Coming to all corners of Europe via Ubisoft.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

6 March 2006

Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that it has reached an agreement with Bethesda Softworks to publish the highly anticipated survival horror game, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the EarthTM.

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the EarthTM is based on the Call of Cthulhu paper-and-pencil role-playing game, which is itself inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's novels. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the EarthTM, developed by Headfirst Productions, will be available on PCs in UK on March 24th 2006.

"Ubisoft is excited to enable PC gamers in Europe to enter the cult universe of fearsome creatures and occult plots created by H.P Lovecraft." said Alain Corre Executive Director for EMEA territories at Ubisoft. "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth offers a diverse range of cutting edge special effects that ensures both unprecedented levels of realism and visual exhilaration."

We are thrilled to be working with Ubisoft on Call of Cthulhu", said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. "PC gamers throughout Europe are eager to get their hands on a title with such dynamic gameplay and intense horror elements."

About Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the EarthTM:

As Private investigator Jack Walters, the player is sent to the little town of Innsmouth to look into a missing person case. He will soon understand that several persons are missing and that the town hides terrible secrets. His adventure will lead him to face terrifying situations and hideous adversaries. Not only will the player have to keep Jack Walters alive, he will also have to preserve the detective from going insane if he wants to uncover the mysteries of the Great Old Ones.

Set during the 1920s, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is based on the Cthulhu Mythos inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, an American fantasy and horror writer. Lovecraft, whose work has profoundly influenced numerous fantasy and science fiction writers including Stephen King and Anne Rice, tells stories of unthinkable evil, psychic possession and mythical worlds. The game's technology enables Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth to be presented as an incredibly detailed and accurate depiction of the sights and sounds of this unique 1920's setting inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. A diverse range of cutting-edge special effects is utilized to ensure both unprecedented levels of realism and a thorough portrayal of the character's mental degradation.

Key features:

  • Fight enemies using the environment, powerful and evil artifacts, Alien technology, and authentic weapons.
  • Dynamic Sanity system results in hallucinations, panic attacks, vertigo, paranoia, and more!
  • Advanced AI system enables enemies to roam freely - opening doors and tracking you down single-handedly or in groups.
  • Experience Unparalleled Survival Horror Action and suspense involving puzzle solving as well as combat and exploration
  • Experience an incredibly immersive gaming environment with no interface or 'HUD' on screen at any time during normal gameplay, realistic combat and an advanced AI system.
  • Experience the horror of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos (Lovecraft's famous monsters and locations)
  • Diverse array of levels from quaint towns to alien locations, including Deep One City
  • 1920s weaponry and vehicles as well as evil artifacts and alien technology
  • Incredibly detailed real-time graphics with atmospheric lighting and dynamic shadows

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the EarthTM 2006 Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company. Co-published and distributed by Ubisoft Entertainment with Bethesda Softworks LLC. Developed under license from Headfirst Productions Ltd. (UK). Call of Cthulhu is a registered trademark of Chaosium Inc. Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax Media and their related logos are registered trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.

About Ubisoft:

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 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

About Bethesda Softworks:

Headquartered in Rockville, MD, Bethesda Softworks LLC, a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media Inc, is a premier developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles, most recently with the 2002 PC and Xbox Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrrowind. Among Bethesda's more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls series and Fallout, as well as its licensed properties, Pirates of the CaribbeanTM and Star Trek. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda Softworks' products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about UbiSoft's business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of UbiSoft's future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for UbiSoft's products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions. Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in UbiSoft's current report on Form 8-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 21, 2001. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting UbiSoft or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and UbiSoft does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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