Toronto, CANADA - May 13th, 2004 - Hip GamesTM, a wholly-owned division of Hip Interactive Corp. (TSX:HP), today announced it has signed "Ghost WarsTM" a new Real-Time Strategy game for its ever-growing portfolio of brands and franchises. Developed by Digital Reality "Ghost WarsTM" is scheduled for release on PC CD-ROM in early 2006.
Based on the Government Special Operations Group, "Ghost WarsTM" takes players into the clandestine and secret war against terrorism. Players take control of air, land and sea units of an Elite Special Forces group across multiple top secret missions. With the graphical quality of a first person shooter, "Ghost WarsTM" will offer gamers the most accurate depiction of modern day warfare to date.
Through Battlefield View, "Ghost WarsTM" brings the theatre of war to life. Gamers are not only tested on their strategic senses, but also on their ability to react quickly under enemy fire by directly controlling individual units. By setting up, equipping and planning troops' activities, gamers will need to utilize state-of-the art weapons and technology to defeat terrorist networks.
"We are very excited by this new franchise and the technology that it will bring to the Real-Time Strategy gamer," said Arindra Singh, Hip Interactive's President & Chief Executive Officer. "Hip GamesTM will continue to pursue an aggressive growth strategy by building its catalogue of games through a mix of worldwide licenses and internal franchises developed by the most talented teams in the industry."
Possibly the most uniquely, realistic, RTS experience in the making.
About Hip Interactive Europe ( www.hip-europe.com )
Hip Interactive Europe is a full subsidiary of Hip Interactive (TSX: HP). Hip Interactive is a publisher and distributor of videogames and accessories for interactive leisure. With its headquarters in Marseilles (France), Hip Interactive Europe publishes and distributes videogames on all the European territories as well as other PAL territories. Hip Interactive Europe is present on all the main platforms: PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance. Hip Interactive Europe produces games based on its own brands but also on licences coming from the most important Hollywood Majors such as The Mummy The Animated series from Universal or Garfield from PAWS
About Hip GamesTM
Hip GamesTM, Hip Interactive's Publishing division, leverages the Company's existing distribution infrastructure to move up the video game supply chain. Hip has entered into distribution and publishing arrangements with publishers and developers from around the world. The licenses give Hip the exclusive right to publish and/or distribute PC and video game titles in North America, with Hip Interactive Europe acting as the publishing and distributing arm of Hip GamesTM in Europe. As well, with the acquisition of ARUSH Entertainment, Hip has acquired all of ARUSH's rights to current projects, including the highly anticipated title Playboy: The MansionTM and Fear Factor: UnleashedTM video games.
About Hip Interactive Corp.
Hip Interactive (www.hipinteractive.com) is a leading provider of electronic entertainment products, including PC and video games, movies, video arcade games, and proprietary games, branded as Hip GamesTM, and accessories, branded as Hip GearTM. The Company distributes all first party products, including SCEA, Microsoft and Nintendo hardware, software and accessories, as well as third party licensed video game software. With offices across North America and in Europe, Hip uses its distribution business to leverage into higher margin, higher growth areas of the electronic entertainment industry, such as licensing, publishing and its proprietary games and accessories. Hip Interactive trades on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "HP".
About Digital Reality
Digital Reality was established in 1995 and is the largest game developer in Hungary, simultaneously producing 4 games and employing more than 70 people on its projects. All games use the brand new "Walker 3" engine, which is a huge step forward at Digital Reality. This technology allows games to be played from traditional RTS view using high-definition textures and models allowing extreme close-ups and richly detailed objects.