BASINGSTOKE, England (November 12th 2004) - International software publisher DEEP SILVER and EGOSOFT are delighted to confirm further details on the impending launch of XÃ‚Â²- THE RETURN on PC CD ROM. Enhancing and extending the gameplay of the award winning XÃ‚Â²- THE THREAT; the expansion pack adds many exciting new features and involves players in a thrilling new storyline. Set for launch FEBRUARY 2005, XÃ‚Â²- THE RETURN will be priced at Ã‚Â£19.99.
XÃ‚Â² - The Return picks up only weeks after the end of XÃ‚Â²- THE THREAT. The battle at Omycron Lyrae has left the Argon fleet depleted and stretched. Green pilots are being drafted in as the Khaak continue their attacks on the X-universe. No one is immune, whole Terracorp convoys are being destroyed and the Paranid have been hammered by the heaviest attacks.
With no one to spare, Argon intelligence turns to Jules Brennan - for help. A mysterious ship with the power to appear and disappear at will has been seen. The Yaki pirates have taken advantage of the weak Argon fleet to carry out raids on Argon facilities and a machine left by an ancient species has been stolen. What does this machine do? Will the races of the X-universe survive the merciless attacks from the Khaak? And will the reason for their onslaught be discovered?
XÃ‚Â² - The Return fires the player into a galaxy at war. To survive the player must learn new skills. Manning turrets to defend convoys, flying escort and attack missions, piloting stealthy spy missions, building super factories and commanding fleet sized actions. And with every new mission comes a new twist in the plot.
# FOR THE FANS: a chance to uncover some of the biggest secrets in the X-universe in a new fast paced and twisting plot. With a story over six times larger than XÃ‚Â² - The Threat, The Return is more than an expansion pack.
# COMPLEX BUILDING: Ability to connect factories to form large industry complexes. This way the player can now build gigantic constructions and make more money than ever before.
# IMPROVED MENU SYSTEM: A new graphical quick menu system, allows for complete and easy control of many advanced features, while not interrupting control of the ship.
# BUILD YOUR OWN HQ with lots of new strategic command features.
# NEW SHIPS & WEAPONS, including; factory tugs; anti missile defence systems, & rapid fire lasers.
# FULLY CUSTOMISABLE CONTROLS: Players can define his own profile & many new keys are introduced.
'BEST PC GAME OF 2004' nominee, XÃ‚Â²- THE THREAT beat off fierce competition at the recent GOLDEN JOYSTICK AWARDS 2004, held in London on 5th November 2004. Voted by readers of PC ZONE and COMPUTER & VIDEO GAMES ONLINE, XÃ‚Â²- THE THREAT came second in the voting, beat only by the readers choice of 'GAME OF THE YEAR'.
Developed by EGOSOFT and published by DEEP SILVER, XÃ‚Â²- THE RETURN is exclusively distributed world wide (excluding North America) by KOCH MEDIA. XÃ‚Â²- THE RETURN will require XÃ‚Â²- THE THREAT to play. For additional information visit the official XÃ‚Â² website at: www.x2thethreat.com .
ABOUT DEEP SILVER:
Deep Silver is the recently established games publishing division of KOCH Media. Headed up in the UK by Geoff Glendenning (ex-head of marketing for SCEE UK), the label launched in 2003 with a policy of recruiting passionate gamers to work closely with International developers and publishers to bring groundbreaking and creative projects to market. Recent launches include the award winning X2: The Threat along with the innovatively quirky; Singles: Flirt up your Life. For further information on DEEP SILVER and their upcoming products, visit www.deepsilver.net
EGOSOFT, founded in 1990, is one of the oldest game development companies from Germany. Its team of industry veterans and dedicated game enthusiasts entered the international stage with the widely acclaimed X-Beyond the Frontier space simulation game in 1999. EGOSOFT is now exclusively dedicated to setting new standards in the space game genre and constantly improves the level of freedom in the X Universe. For more information on EGOSOFT and its products visit http://www.egosoft.com