Varese, Italy - 7th of March 2008 - announces a strategic partnership with Artematica Entertainment to bring a new line of exciting titles to adventure gamers all over the world. Their first release is to debut this year, with Black Bean acquiring worldwide publishing rights to the console versions of Artematica's latest adventure game "Diabolik: The Original Sin".
The game delivers a compelling story set in a unique stylised world originally created in 1962 by sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani, and based around the cult comic book hero Diabolik.
"Diabolik: The Original Sin" is a third person adventure game blending the heritage of the point-and-click genre with fast-paced combat and stealth sequences. Its engrossing story casts the player as a master thief called Diabolik, out to rescue his beloved Eva, in a fascinating world mixing 3D real-time graphics and 2D black & white comic-style animations.
The main character, Diabolik, is an anti-hero, a skilled thief and a master of disguise who loves luxury, expensive cars and hi-tech gadgets. He can be merciless and he has no concern for anyone but himself and his one true love, Eva.
"Diabolik: The Original Sin" features an unconventional character and graphic style, an immersive gameplay and a crime story rich in intrigue, love, vengeance and greed.
"Bringing Diabolik: The Original Sin to the market on multiple formats is a thrilling opportunity for us – commented David Pain, General Manager of Lago/Black Bean Games – We are delighted to be working with Artematica whose skill, creativity and track record in the adventure sector will ensure we deliver a great game appealing to adventure gamers and to a broader gaming audience".
"After years of mutually profitable collaboration, we're excited about this long-term partnership with Black Bean - said Riccardo Cangini, CEO of Artematica – finally an Italian joint-venture showing the skills and the determination required to obtain a relevant position in the international market".
Diabolik: The Original Sin is developed by Artematica Entertainment and will be released in Autumn 2008 for PC (excluding French and Russian speaking territories), PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), Nintendo DS™ and Wii™.
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. Lago is based in Gazzada (Varese) which is situated 30 miles North of Milan in Northern Italy. Black Bean label's philosophy is to focus on a wide range of game genres 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 Artematica Entertainment. Artematica is one of the most active Italian videogame developers, founded in 1996 by the team in charge of I PLAY 3D SOCCER, the first 3D soccer game released on Amiga in 1990. Artematica boasts a series of internationally acclaimed titles, such as BELIEF & BETRAYAL, DUCATI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and award-winning MARTIN MYSTERE (a.k.a. Crime Stories).