Montreal, Canada. July 6, 2005. Software publisher Strategy First, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Silverstar Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSTR), is pleased to announce an exclusive publishing deal with Slitherine Software, UK Ltd. under which Strategy First will publish Slitherineâ€™s â€œLegion Arenaâ€ in North America with an anticipated launch in late 2005.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to be working with Strategy First again. They did a superb job for us on the original â€œLegion.â€ â€œLegion Arenaâ€ is a much more advanced and visually pleasing game, and we expect another success story this time,â€ said Iain McNeil, Lead Designer at Slitherine Software.
â€œWeâ€™re very pleased to be publishing â€œLegion Arenaâ€ in North America. Slitherine Software is well-known for developing high quality strategy games, and from what weâ€˜ve seen so far, â€œLegion Arenaâ€ will be their most ambitious and addictive game to date,â€ said Pro Sotos, Business Development Manager at Strategy First.
About Legion Arena
â€œLegion Arenaâ€ is a role playing strategy game created on a massive scale, providing gamers with more than just the pure 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 â€˜level upâ€™ 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 a hundred scenarios and must use calculated strategies in an attempt to crush their Roman enemies on the front line--Fighting for the pride and glory of the battlefield!
Gamers recruit and train their troops.
Buy equipment and choose their skills. Over 100 skills to choose from!
Personalize the appearance of each squad by selecting their textures.
Command vast armies in epic 3-D battles.
Earn experience and denari for every victory.
Choice of two campaign pathsâ€”play as Romans or Gauls. Get drawn into the story of the rise of Rome.
Over 100 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 Slitherineâ€™s innovative order time system.
Every unit has strengths and weaknesses. Gamers learn how to use their strengths and exploit their enemiesâ€™ weaknesses.
Real terrain effectsâ€”cavalry are weaker in woods, light infantry are weaker in the open.
Sandbox mode to allow the design of scenarios for gamer and other players to challenge.
Easy to learn, hard to master.
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 â€œT-Tex,â€ â€œDesert Strike,â€ â€œRed Alert,â€ â€œDune,â€ â€œDune Emperor,â€ â€œDeus Ex,â€ and â€œUrban Chaosâ€ on platforms ranging from the Amiga, Lynx, SNES, PSX, GBC, and Dreamcast systems to the PC. Having recently launched the â€œSlitherine Strategiesâ€ 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. â€œLegion,â€ Slitherineâ€™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 â€œSupreme Ruler 2010â€ and â€œDisneyâ€™s Aladdin Chess Adventuresâ€ and simultaneously developing its own in-house titles such as â€œO.R.B.â€ and â€œDisciples IIâ€. After winning numerous awards for games such as â€œDisciples: Sacred Landsâ€, â€œKohan: Immortal Sovereignsâ€, â€œSteel Beastsâ€, â€œGalactic Civilizationsâ€, and â€œJagged Allianceâ€, 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