Open Beta Announced for Legion Arena
Montreal, Canada. July 18, 2005. Software publisher Strategy First, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Silverstar Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSTR), and Developer Slitherine Software, UK Ltd. are pleased to announce they have begun accepting applications for the open beta test for their upcoming strategy game, “Legion Arena,” all set to hit store shelves this fall.

Go back in time. Recruit, train, and command both the Romans and Celts and battle to victory! Follow this link, and sign-up now for the “Legion Arena” open beta test. Space is limited, so it’s first come, first served!

http://www.strategyfirst.com/beta/

About Legion Arena
“Legion Arena” is a role-playing strategy game created on a massive scale, providing gamers with much more than just the brutal taste of battle. Set during the period of the Roman Republic, players take command of a band of simple peasant warriors and train them into a formidable fighting force. With each victorious battle, gamers can reap the rewards of fame, money and experience along with the opportunity to “level up” their units. Troops will learn hundreds of new talents through their field experience, and will progressively upgrade their skills with each new combat they face. Gamers can play as the Roman Empire and Celtic Clans through over one hundred scenarios, and must use calculated strategies in an attempt to crush their Roman enemies on the front line while fighting for the pride and glory of the battlefield.

Features:
Easy to learn, hard to master—keeps you coming back for more!
Gamers recruit and train their troops.
RPG aspect makes each unit specialized—buy equipment and chose your armies’ skills with over 100 to choose from!
Personalize the appearance of each squad by selecting their textures.
Command vast armies in epic 3-D battles. Over 100 scenarios!
Earn experience and denari for every victory.
Play as both the Romans and Celtics in over 100 different scenarios!
Over 20 unique unit types including Legionnaires, Praetorians, Elephants, and Naked Fanatics.
Special effects including water, particles, lighting, night battles, weather, and grass.
Detailed combat model design by twice world wargaming champion, Iain McNeil.
Deploy troops and issue orders before battle.
Real time control in battle using Slitherine’s innovative order time system.
Every unit has strengths and weaknesses. Gamers learn how to use their strengths and exploit their enemies’ weaknesses.
Real terrain effects—cavalry are weaker in woods, light infantry are weaker in the open.
Sandbox mode to allow the design of scenarios for the gamer and other players to challenge.
Two-player head-to-head mode over LAN & Internet.

About Slitherine Software
Created on July 4th 2000, Slitherine Software, UK Ltd. is an independent UK developer that has worked on games such as “T-Tex,” “Desert Strike,” “Red Alert,” “Dune,” “Dune Emperor,” “Deus Ex,” and “Urban Chaos” on platforms ranging from the Amiga, Lynx, SNES, PSX, GBC, and Dreamcast systems to the PC. Having recently launched the “Slitherine Strategies” brand, they remain dedicated to bringing highly playable and approachable strategy games to the mass market. Slitherine Software is uniquely qualified to deliver due to their experience in the industry and with the wider gaming community. Two of their founding members are also world champions in table top wargaming, giving them incomparable insight into the workings of strategy games. “Legion,” Slitherine’s first game, has sold over 150 000 copies worldwide and is still selling thousands every month. www.slitherine.com

About Strategy First
Strategy First, Inc. is a leading developer and worldwide publisher of entertainment software for the PC. Founded in 1990, the Company has grown rapidly, publishing major games in the industry such as “Supreme Ruler 2010” and “Disney’s Aladdin Chess Adventures” and simultaneously developing its own in-house titles such as “O.R.B.” and “Disciples II”. After winning numerous awards for games such as “Disciples: Sacred Lands”, “Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns”, “Steel Beasts”, “Galactic Civilizations”, and “Jagged Alliance”, Strategy First continues to push the gaming envelope with its own groundbreaking titles, while maintaining its reputation as a unique alternative for independent developers seeking to market their games to a worldwide audience. www.strategyfirst.com .

About Silverstar Holdings
Silverstar Holdings, Ltd. is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: SSTR), focusing on acquiring controlling positions in high growth retail driven and fee-based electronic game businesses that stand to benefit from the economies of scale generated by the Internet and other technology related platforms. It currently owns Fantasy Sports, Inc., a dominant provider of fee-based NASCAR related and other fantasy sports games, Strategy First, Inc. a leading developer and worldwide publisher of entertainment software for the PC, as well as a stake in Magnolia Broadband, a fab-less semiconductor company and innovator of radio frequency (RF) solutions for the cellular industry. www.silverstarholdings.com
Related Resources:
None
Game: Legion Arena (PC)
DEMOS
PATCHES - CHEATS
REVIEWS
GAME VIDEOS
NEWS ENTRIES
THIS WEEK'S MOST POPULAR DOWNLOADS