SAN FRANCISCO â€“ AUGUST 4, 2005 â€“ Today Ubisoft, one of the worldâ€™s largest video game publishers, announces the development of Dark Messiahâ„¢ of Might & MagicÂ®, a new first-person action game for the PC, powered by an enhanced version of the Sourceâ„¢ Engine, the award-winning game technology Valve created to power Half-LifeÂ®2.
Developed by Arkane Studios, the team behind the critically acclaimed Arx Fatalis game, Dark Messiah of Might & Magic puts players in a first-person perspective, allowing them to immerse themselves in the legendary Might and Magic universe as never before. It is also the worldâ€™s first fantasy action game to feature a complete first-person combat system. It takes full advantage of the Sourceâ„¢ Engineâ€™s exceptional technological enhancements in areas such as character animation, advanced AI, real-world physics and shader-based rendering.
Ubisoft acquired the Might and Magic brand in 2003, and Dark Messiah of Might & Magicis the second title Ubisoft will be launching as it restores this famed franchise to glory. Dark Messiah of Might & Magic is scheduled for a summer 2006 release and will be shown for the first time at the Games Convention in Germany on August 17, 2005.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. Ubisoft is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of â‚¬538 million for the 2004â€“2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
About Arkane Studios:
Arkane Studios is an independent game development studio created in 1999. Based in Lyon - France, Arkane released its first game, Arx Fatalis, in 2002. With its innovative magic and items combination systems and gorgeous graphics, this critically acclaimed first-person action RPG earned major awards, including a nomination as "Rookie Studio of the Year" at the prestigious GDC Awards Ceremony. Today Arkane Studios builds on this expertise to develop innovative Action-RPGs.