HISTORYTM Great Empires: Rome

Varese, 24th of April 2008 – Black Bean, a leading European publisher of video games, is pleased to announce the release of Slitherine’s HISTORY™ Great Empires: Rome, on the Nintendo DS™ format. The video game will be released in Summer 2008.

HISTORY™ Great Empires: Rome follows the successful release of Slitherine’s THE HISTORY CHANNEL ® Great Battles of Rome videogame, published on PC, PlayStation®2 and PSP® which launched in May 2007 and achieved significant chart success at launch, including top 5 and top 10 positions throughout Europe. The game continues to sell well to a mass market audience.

HISTORY™ Great Empires: Rome is an accessible and compelling strategy game in which the player takes centre stage in building the biggest empire the world has ever seen. Through a fascinating blend of strategy, diplomacy and warfare, players develop vast, diverse cities and create powerful armies to defend, explore and conquer.

The game offers exceptional historical accuracy, drawing on the programming resources of the global television network, HISTORY. Like the emperors of ancient Rome, players are able to direct armies, manage resources, forge alliances and go to battle on the road to creating their own Roman Empire. The inclusion of a series of bonus mini-games allows the player to be immersed in the historical context of the era.

“We are very excited to build on the success of Great Battles of Rome by creating a truly unique product for the Nintendo DS™. Drawing on the strength of the HISTORY brand, we are confident that we can capture both the strategy gaming enthusiast and the casual gaming audience”, said David Pain, General Manager of Lago srl and Black Bean.

“We are extremely pleased to be working again with Black Bean, who has been our partner since the release of Legion Arena,” said JD McNeil, Director of Slitherine Software. “Our mission has always been to create product that blends historical accuracy with an exceptional gaming experience. We are sure that this new project will once again prove us right.”

Divide et Impera! – Divide and Rule