Never Mind the Ballots - Rule Your Own Empire !
Company: Ubisoft
Think you can build a stronger empire than Julius Caesar or Hasting, leader of the Vikings? Then take a giant step forward into a thriving civilisation, and use all of your tactical and planning skills to create a rich and diverse gameplay universe! Create your own empire and rule your own industrious races in this fantastic collection of three amazing Settlers games in one: 'The Settlers IV', 'The Settlers IV Mission CD and the add-on 'The Settlers IV - The Trojans and the Elixir of Power'.

Each game tests your real-time strategy skills and provides hours of exciting gameplay! Play alone, or, for each title up to eight players can battle it out on a local area network (LAN) or the dedicated Settlers Internet server.

Let's take a look at each of the 3 games:

The Settlers IV
Decide whether to lead the Romans, the Vikings or the Mayas and build up a robust colony with a thriving industry, combining skilful resources with the get-up-and-go of the Settlers characters! Ensure the settlement is as attractive as possible, and it could soon become a paradise - if it wasn't for the evil Morbus and his dark tribe....

Morbus is an instigator with decidedly darker ambitions than the Settlers. He has been banished to Earth by HIM - the highest God of all. But for Morbus this is the most torturous punishment of all - he can't stand the sight of anything green! As soon as he arrives on Earth, Morbus and his Dark Tribe begin their battle against earthly greenery and the Settler world.

Key Features:


The Dark Tribe: Stop Morbus and his creepy crew in their tracks in a new, special campaign!


New Graphic Engine: See characters, buildings, animals and landscapes in meticulous detail.


Improved Transport: Load up your donkey carts and the whole Settlers world is your oyster.


New Strategy Options: Show off your tactical genius and steel your defences by appointing Squad Leaders and deploying your soldiers with more precision than ever before.

The Settlers IV - The Trojans and the Elixir of Power
There's a bright new bundle of joy in the Settlers world! A new tribe has joined the Settlers microcosm and is about to change their bustling activity forever. Morbus, leader of the Dark Tribe, refuses to throw in the towel and is searching for a cure for his hatred of all things green and invincibility is his goal! But the Trojans have a thing or two up their sleeves...a new unit, the Backpack Catapult Carrier, will aid them in their battle against the Dark minions.

Key Features:


Experience the main campaign with the Trojans in a total of twelve missions!


New video sequences, music for the Trojan tribe, and an observation window.


1 new campaign each for the Mayans, Romans, Vikings and settlement, with 16 missions!


26 new single-player and multiplayer maps.


New map editor allowing you to create missions for the Trojans.

The Settlers IV Mission CD
Morbus has been defeated and turned into stone, but still some enclaves of the Dark Tribe are threatening your peaceful settlements. As chief of the Romans the fate of your people lies in your hands - rebuild your destroyed empire and stop the advance of the Dark Henchmen!

Key Features:


Map editor and random map generator.


5 brand-new campaigns with 55 new single and multiplayer missions.


16 new single player maps.


18 multiplayer maps (Co-operative, Economy and Conflict modes).


3 different game speeds.

Craig Johnson, managing director of Focus Multimedia commented: "We are extremely delighted to be offering our UK customers the chance to own this exclusive Settlers IV Gold Edition pack. It offers hours of fantastic gameplay and is certain to build on the success of the existing Settlers games in our range. At just £3.33 per game, this represents superb value for money for all fans of the real-time strategy genre."

Charlie Barrett, Head of Strategic Sales & Licensing at Ubisoft, added "We are very pleased to be working with Focus Multimedia yet again to produce another title in the hugely successful Settlers series. Settlers is one of Ubisoft's key strategic brands - selling over 5 million units worldwide - and the new product from Focus is sure to contribute greatly to the continued success of this brand."

The Settlers IV Gold Edition is available from all good stockists of PC software, with an RRP of only £9.99 including VAT. Alternatively the product, along with hundreds of other Focus Multimedia titles, can be purchased direct from www.focusmm.co.uk .

About Focus Multimedia:
Focus Multimedia is one of the one of the leading PC CD-ROM budget software publishers in UK retail (Source: Chart Track), specialising in high quality, affordable PC CD-ROMs aimed at both children and adults. The Focus Essential range consists of over 200 titles priced at £9.99 each in 9 different categories - including Games, Lifestyle, Creativity, Knowledge and Travel. Focus Multimedia has distribution channels into major retail outlets such as PC World, WHSmith, Staples, Game, via the Internet through www.amazon.co.uk as well as non-traditional chains.

About UbisoftTM:
Ubisoft is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubisoft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as has Ubisoft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubisoft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. Ubisoft generated a turnover of 453 million euros for the 2002/2003 fiscal year, up 23% over the previous fiscal year. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.
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