The Ukrainian publishing house GSC World Publishing has signed Focus Home Interactive to distribute the forthcoming RTS/RPG Heroes of Annihilated Empires, developed by the GSC Game World studio, in France.
GSC World Publishing CEO Sergey Grygorovych praises the cooperation with Focus Home Interactive as very promising: "We are glad to start working with Focus. Our company has exciting publishing plans for titles developed by GSC Game World and other Ukrainian and foreign developers throughout the world. Hence we rely on Focus's experience in the field of competent distribution of our products in France".
The game trilogy Heroes of Annihilated Empires is the first project to be published by GSC World Publishing in Europe and North America. Concurrently with the games, their novelisations are expected for release. The latter are created by Ilya Novak, recognized as the best European new writer (at Eurocon 2005 in Glasgow, UK), who also took part in the development of the games as script writer.
The first episode of "Heroes of Annihilated Empires" is slated for release in 2006.
GSC World Publishing is the publishing branch of the biggest Ukrainian PC games developer GSC Game World, founded in 2004. The first games released by the publishing house were Alexander, a tie-in of the Oliver Stone's movie (in 2004) and Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars (in 2005). Both of them were released by GSC World Publishing in the territories of ex-USSR. Heroes of Annihilated Empires is the first game to be published by GSC's publishing branch outside of ex-USSR and is already singed for distribution in a number of European countries. In the nearest time, the game's distributors in North America and Russia will be announced.
GSC World Publishing's practice of self-releasing PC games outside Ukraine is unprecedented in the history of Ukrainian games industry.
Official Website: www.GSC-Game.com
Focus Home Interactive has become, in just a few years one of the leading publishers and distributors of PC games in France. Focus Home Interactive is critically acclaimed and recognized for its savoir-faire and the numerous successes the company has achieved since its creation.
The company's vast catalogue includes best-seller series like TrackMania, Cycling Manager, Cossacks, Runaway... Focus has discovered and supported a large number of games, many of which have become references on the PC game market.
Focus has constantly endeavoured to offer only high quality and original games. Today, Focus is present across Europe and in many countries throughout the world thanks to a strong network of partners and distributors.
Focus Home Interactive is headquartered in Pantin, near Paris, France.