BASINGSTOKE, ENGLAND (FEBRUARY 14TH 2005) – Masters of strategy gaming, CDV SOFTWARE ENTERTAINMENT AG are pleased to release further details of the highly anticipated grand strategy title, COSSACKS II: NAPOLEONIC WARS. The sequel expands upon the international acclaimed, award winning formula of Cossacks: European Wars, which has sold to date, over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Currently in development by GSC Gameworld, Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars will reach UK shores this April.
Strategy gamers, in the roles of diplomat, warrior and economist, will play as the 19th century leader of one of six European nations as they expand their empires through treaties, truncheons and treasuries. Utilizing a brand-new 3D engine, the game will allow up to 64,000 beautifully rendered units to be on-screen simultaneously, as army's battle across sweeping landscapes, featuring gorgeously detailed historic buildings and more than 1,000 types of realistic flora and fauna.
Diplomacy - Armchair emperors have a full retinue of diplomatic options at their disposal. Strike treaties, bargain for border-crossing rights, apply economic sanctions and find other ways to weaken the opposition while strengthening your position. Call upon your allies to help bolster your troops in combat, or sabotage the enemy before heading onto the battlefield: it's all available to you within the world of Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars.
Troop Experience and Morale System – Green troops or local conscripts are often a commander's own worst enemy, so it pays to keep your soldiers alive and find ways to strengthen their backbones. Troops that live longer will grow in experience and reinforce the morale of troops around them, thus becoming highly valuable battlefield assets. Special units—drummers, priests, officers, and flag-bearers—can bolster morale. Heavy casualties, facing particularly fierce and overwhelming opponents, or marching long distances will cause morale to drop until units rout.
Massive Historical Battles – Players will play as one of six nations, fighting through key historically inspired battles of the 19th century. Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars supports massive numbers of units on-screen at one time, for true mayhem as massive armies collide, seeking European dominance.
Economics – The sword leads to conquest, while gold keeps the empire alive. In Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars, players manage resources such as gold, coal, wood, brick and iron, while working to keep trade routes open on land and sea. By blocking enemy trade routes, players can quickly weaken their foes. Huge armies also consume significant resources; failing to keep units fed and supplied withers them as surely as marching into a massed enemy musket volley.
Varied Game Play - Those preferring set-unit actions can now walk in the footsteps of famed European military leaders in some of the most significant battles inspired by the Napoleonic era. Fans of strategic warfare can try their luck as would-be emperors, rising in rank and command authority, while competing for dominance of Europe through trade, diplomacy, and militaristic expansion. Traditional real-time strategy game fans will delight at the open-ended possibilities of skirmish mode in which resource gathering, technology trees, upgrades, strategic buildings, and, of course, effective warfare are key.
Online Play – Supporting full online play via LAN or Internet, Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars will allow players to go head to head against other armchair emperors.
Developed by GSC Gameworld and published by CDV SOFTWARE ENTERTAINMENT AG, COSSACKS II: NAPOLEONIC WARS is exclusively distributed in the UK by KOCH MEDIA. For additional information visit the official COSSACKS II: NAPOLEONIC WARS website at: http://www.cossacks2.de/index.php?lang=en
PUBLISHER: CDV SOFTWARE ENTERTAINMENT / KOCH MEDIA
DEVELOPER: GSC GAMEWORLD
FORMAT: PC CDROM
Founded in 1990, CDV Software Entertainment AG is one of the leading publishers and distributors of PC software in Europe. In 2000, the company successfully completed its initial public offering and is listed on the German Prime Standard (equivalent to the USA's NASDAQ Index). CDV is best known for titles like Sudden Strike and the Cossacks series – both of which sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
About KOCH MEDIA UK:
Founded in 1994, KOCH MEDIA UK develops, publishes and distributes a diverse mix of titles for home console gaming systems, personal computers and the Internet. Based in Basingstoke, the company has distribution contracts with a number of software publishers, including NINTENDO. For publishers not in the UK, KOCH MEDIA exclusively markets, sells and distributes titles. Under its own brands of DEEP SILVER and EUROPRESS, KOCH MEDIA develops and publishes its own range of gaming and educational and lifestyle software. For more information on KOCH MEDIA and its products, visit www.kochmedia.co.uk