Ascaron have today announced that they have acquired the exclusive UK & Ireland Co Publishing Rights for an exciting new range of products from the Czech Publisher Cenega Publishing. Ascaron have been working closely with Cenega Publishing over the past few months to close the deal which will see 4 new products added to the range of Ascaron titles for 2005.
The range of products is set to include the sequel to the highly successful UFO: Aftermath, along with a third person tactical action game and an action RPG. The signing of these titles will allow Ascaron to move into the console market for the first time.
Ascaron will be representing Cenega Publishing for Sales and Marketing in the UK, distribution will remain with Pinnacle.
Roger Swindells, UK Managing Director for Ascaron said: 'This is a great signing for us. We are very pleased to be working with Cenega and this signing is going to be the first of many to expand and develop our portfolio over the next year.'
Cenega Publishing CEO, Slavomir Pavlicek added: 'We are very excited to be working with Ascaron, who have over the last year continued to strengthen their position in distribution and publishing. We strongly believe that our relationship will help us to reach the largest audience possible for our future releases. We look forward to a long-term partnership.'
This new signing of the three titles follows the move of Ascaron to larger offices in January of this year and the recruitment of Marketing and PR Executive Claire Malone, previously of Codemasters.
Titles to be published by Ascaron and Cenega Publishing in the UK are:
El Matador - a third person, tactical action game, where the player takes on the role of a DEA agent, whose aim is to bring down the Narcomafia, an organised crime syndicate in South America.
UFO Aftershock – The sequel to the highly successful 2003 title - UFO: Aftermath - and follows directly from one of the final scenes of the first title, where the player agrees to hand over the Earth to the Alien scientists, who are trying to change the planet into a giant living organism.
The Roots – An action RPG with a complex, multi-threaded storyline and a vast world, which the player discovers whilst travelling with his party, fighting various monsters and living through great adventures
Creature Conflict: The Clan Wars - is a blend of turn-based tactical and real time action/arcade elements following the successful Worms-tradition.
Ascaron GmbH is one of the pioneers in the development of computer games. It is also one of the leading developers of computer games in Germany and has been prominent in the sales charts for more than a decade with titles such as Patrician, ANSTOSS, Vermeer, Port Royale and SACRED.
Ascaron is headquartered in GÃ¼tersloh and Germany maintains a development studio in Aachen and GÃ¼tersloh (Germany). Ascaron also have an expanding international department in Birmingham (UK). Currently, Ascaron markets its products in more than 30 countries. For further information about Ascaron Entertainment Ltd, please visit http://www.ascaron.com
CENEGA PUBLISHING, as an established world publisher, is dedicated to sourcing quality games for PC and console formats with a focus towards Central European, as well as worldwide, developers. Main office of operations is centralized in Prague, Czech Republic. Its satellite offices are based in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. For more information on CENEGA PUBLISHING and its products visit www.cenega.com