New Release Date for Real-time Strategy War Game East India Company
Toronto, Canada – July 24, 2008 – Today a new release date was announced for real-time strategy war game East India Company. Originally scheduled for release in Q4 2008, leading software publisher Lighthouse Interactive and developer Nitro Games decided to extend the release date to Q1 2009 in the best interest of fans and the game. This dynamic real-time strategy war game for Windows® PC is based on the exploits and adventures of the infamous 18th century East India Companies. Playing as one of eight nations spanning Europe to the Far East, players are challenged to build the World’s most powerful trading empire as they engage in fierce open sea battles in both single player and multiplayer modes.

“East India Company promises to take Real-time Strategy War games to new levels,” said Raymond Snippe, Senior Development Manager of Lighthouse Interactive. “Allowing more development time further ensures that Nitro Games will deliver the best gaming experience possible. We want to wow strategy fans with EIC’s technically advanced proprietary game engine and incredible cinematic game environments. We are confident that gamers will agree it’s worth the wait.”

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In East India Company, players will assume the role of Governor Director of one of the East India Companies or other rival companies. There are eight nationalities to choose from: British, Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian or Spanish – with the goal of bringing new colonies and wealth such as: tea, spices, gold, diamonds and other precious cargo back to Europe, but they must dominate the other rival empires along the way. Wars will be waged and blood will be spilled. Players will also conquer the open sea and explore 40 different cities, towns and villages.

Starting modestly, you will build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and keep the rivaling nations at bay. Choose from an array of ship classes and types of transport and military vessels: small sloops, schooners, brigantines, frigates and ship-of-the-line. Create different fleets and assign them to specific trading routes. Controlling well situated ports and upgrading them is one key to success.

Conflicts and wars are inevitable. When hostile fleets engage each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought at a real-time tactical level. Devastating broadsides are fired with a deafening roar and cannon balls tear through enemy ships and their crew. At a tactical level, you have direct command over your ship and give independent orders to each of your other fleets. Fight against the other European powers to create a trading empire that will rule above all others!


Declare war on rival empires fought at a real-time tactical level
Command ships and fleets independently
Wage war on the vast open sea
Sink your rivals’ ship or board them to take control in bloody hand-to-hand combat

Hire and manage your own crew
Buy guns and ammo
Repair and upgrade your ships at port
Buy and sell goods
Establish profitable trading routes
Open diplomatic relations or declare war
Negotiate tense political situations

Lead the most powerful company in history
Take over colonies and expand your empirE
Build a powerful fleet to rule the seas
Conquer strategic ports
Accomplish tasks ordered by your company or the Crown

Multiplayer (Internet or LAN) Features
Supports up to 8 simultaneous players
Player statistics tracked on the EIC game server
Raise your ranking by thwarting your opponents
Head-to-head missions are a true test of strategic skill

About Nitro Games Ltd.
Nitro Games Ltd. (previously Encore Games based in Finland) is a newly founded subsidiary of Nitro FX Ltd. Nitro FX is a leading Finnish company in the digital media field. The company currently employs 60 professionals with a high level of expertise in programming, 3D animation and design. Entering the video game industry was a natural addition to company’s portfolio.

About Lighthouse Interactive
Lighthouse Interactive is a fast growing publisher of interactive entertainment with offices in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Montreal, Canada and London, England. Lighthouse’s titles include the critically acclaimed adventure title Keepsake, the surprise sim hit Ship Simulator 2008 and the award winning 4x space strategy hybrid Sword of the Stars. Staffed with industry veterans and with offices in key locations around the world, Lighthouse is the right choice for developers looking to bring their products to a worldwide audience.