EDISON, N.J., May 13, 2005 â€“ One of the most successful game franchises for Windows PC comes to the Nintendo DS handheld system as Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), a provider of diversified products and content for digital entertainment platforms, and Digital Eclipse, a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment and a leading developer of interactive entertainment, introduce Age of Empires Â®: The Age of Kings. The standard-bearer for real-time strategy games on the Windows platform, Ensemble Studios' Age of Empires property has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling games for Windows franchises of all time. The Nintendo DS game is scheduled for release this holiday.
"Age of Empires has set the gold standard for real-time strategy games and its global audience continues to grow," said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. "Our portable version provides an exceptional game experience by taking advantage of the new DS features, and we are excited to have such a high-profile and well-regarded property spearhead our DS lineup for the back-half of 2005."
Age of Empires: The Age of Kings boasts turn-based strategy gameplay â€“ a first for the franchise â€“ asplayers move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: domination of the known world.
Features of the game include:
Command one of five different civilizations: the Britons, Franks, Mongols, Saracens, or Japanese;
Control special 'hero' units such as Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc and Genghis Khan, whose special 'hero' powers affect the entire battlefield;
Lead over 45 different types of units into battle - from bowmen and monks to hand cannoneers, mercenaries and samurai;
Players' can construct and upgrade buildings to help their units learn new skills and create resources for their civilizations;
Research over 50 different technologies like chemistry, ballistics, siege craft and spying to advance civilization into the next age;
A new Combat Advisor offers advice on certain campaign strategies and provides an assessment of the battle's outcome;
Multi-player scenarios allow up to four players to wirelessly battle each other;
By gaining Empire Points, players can unlock maps and units to improve their Emperor Rank;
Includes the music and sounds from the best-selling PC version.
More information about Majesco's entire product line can be found online at www.majescogames.com.
About Digital Eclipse
Digital Eclipse is a division of Foundation 9 Entertainment, the largest independent developer in North America. With studios in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Honolulu, Foundation 9 Entertainment develops games for all platforms and all genres. Through its core brands, The Collective, Backbone, and Digital Eclipse, Foundation 9 Entertainment has developed more than 250 games since its inception. For more information, please visit: www.f9e.com
About Ensemble Studios
Ensemble Studios is one of the world's premier entertainment software developers. Ensemble Studios is best known for its blockbuster Age of Empires game series. Ensemble's titles are distinguished by the highest-quality art and gameplay dynamics applied in familiar historical settings, and appeal to hard-core gamers and mass audiences. Ensemble Studios is based in Dallas, Texas.
About Majesco Entertainment Company
Headquartered in Edison, NJ, Majesco Entertainment Company ( NASDAQ : COOL ) is an innovative provider of digital entertainment products and content. The Company's three product lines include Games, which includes highly anticipated titles such as Advent Rising and JAWSTM Unleashed; Videos, which highlights the Company's platform-independent video compression technology; and Gadgets, which includes innovative digital entertainment products like FroggerÂ®TV Arcade. More information about the Company can be found online at www.majescoentertainment.com.
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