Quebec City, Canada â€“ October 20th 2005 - Sarbakan, a leading Canadian casual game development studio, has announced today the launch of its highly anticipated game property Obscura as a 3D action adventure PC downloadable available on www.trygames.com and throughout Macrovisionâ€™s Trymedia game distribution network.
Obscura â€“ The Shadow Blade is an intense 3D action adventure game set in dark and gothic 16th century Venice. The player takes on the role of Zephira, a supernatural being that once was a teenage girl, on her quest to retrieve the Eye of Death from the hands of Andreas Strozzi, a vampire renegade. Only by exploring the eeriest locales of old Venice and by fighting wave after wave of supernatural creatures such as Reapers, Golems and Mummies will she be able to get back the precious ancient artifact.
Obscura â€“ The Shadow Blade features intuitive mouse-driven combat and magic skills and a creepy atmosphere enhanced by a haunting soundtrack. The game is available in both trial and full mode on the Trygames network (www.trygames.com) and on Obscuraâ€™s official Website (www.obscuraonline.com).
â€œWith Obscura â€“ The Shadow Blade, our team has delivered a compelling and chilling action adventure experience for gamers of all ages, says Sarbakanâ€™s Creative Vice-President Richard Vallerand. We are convinced that players will relish the relentless action, the memorable dark fantasy universe and the intuitive gameplay of this gothic fantasy titleâ€.
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Founded by pioneers of the interactive entertainment industry in 1998, Sarbakan (www.sarbakan.com) is a creative studio supplying cross-platform interactive entertainment content for clients such as Warner Bros, AOL, WB Kids, ABC, Hasbro, Viacom and Sony. In addition to providing its clients with licensed games production services, Sarbakan also offers titles based on its own roster of intellectual properties which have included in the past successful products such as Firechild, Good Night Mr. Snoozleberg, The Black Squirrel, Arcane and Steppenwolf.