Hearts of Iron II
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (January 6th, 2005) – Paradox Interactive proudly announced today that their much-awaited sequel to the multiple award-winning Hearts of Iron II will launch in the UK on 18th February 2005. Exclusively distributed in the UK by KOCH Media, HoI2 will be priced at £29.99 on PC CDROM.

"A strong vision for this sequel combined with feedback from our players has given us a product we are immensely proud of. We believe this could be our best strategy title released to date", says Fredrik Lindgren, Director of Sales and Marketing for Paradox Interactive. "Most of the basic elements have been changed to make the game smoother and give the player a better gaming experience. Our goal for Hearts of Iron 2 has been to make it easier to learn yet harder to master"

Hearts of Iron II comes with a completely re-worked interface, 19 battle scenarios, 14,000 leaders and generals and the co-operative multiplayer feature adds a new dimension to the game play. The in-depth manual and tutorial will ease new players into the game.

Hearts of Iron received international acclaim from the European and North American gaming communities, including the 'Essential Game' Award from PC ZONE in the UK and the Editor's Choice Awards from PC Gamer, IGN and Strategy Gaming Online in the USA. The franchise has been surrounded by controversy as both games have been banned by China's Ministry of Culture for allegedly "distorting history and damaging China's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

For more information on Hearts of Iron 2 and/or Paradox Interactive, please visit http://www.paradoxplaza.com/heartsofiron2.asp or www.heartsofiron2.com.

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About Paradox Interactive:
Paradox Interactive has since 1999 been a leading developer and publisher of strategy games for the PC platform. Well renowned in their niche of strategy games, the company's distribution network and followers span the globe. Paradox's experienced team has worked on more than 16 titles and includes such best-selling games as Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings and Hearts of Iron.

ABOUT KOCH MEDIA UK:
Founded in 1994, KOCH MEDIA UK develops, publishes and distributes a diverse mix of titles for home console gaming systems, personal computers and the Internet. Based in Basingstoke, the company has distribution contracts with a number of software publishers, including NINTENDO. For publishers not in the UK, KOCH MEDIA exclusively markets, sells and distributes titles, representing the publisher to the UK market place. Under its own brands of DEEP SILVER and EUROPRESS, KOCH MEDIA develops and publishes its own range of gaming and educational and lifestyle software. For more information on KOCH MEDIA and its products, visit www.kochmedia.co.uk
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