Empire Interactive To Publish and Distribute Hit Ultimate Board Game Collection Across Europe
LONDON, ENGLAND, October 24th, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Empire Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silverstar Holdings (NASDAQ: SSTR), today announced it has signed an agreement with Valcon Games LLC to publish and distribute in Europe and all PAL territories the Ultimate Board Game Collection, a compendium of classic board and table top games for the PlayStation 2Ã¢â€žÂ¢, PSPÃ¢â€žÂ¢ (PlayStation Portable) and WiiÃ¢â€žÂ¢.
Containing 20 of the most recognisable and popular board and table top games played by families around the world (see list below), Ultimate Board Game Collection is already a huge hit in the US, having sold almost half a million copies to date.
“We are excited to work with Empire to bring these classic titles to the European market,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Glenn Halseth, CEO of Valcon Games. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Given EmpireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s direct marketing distribution network across Europe, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re confident they can reproduce the phenomenal success we’ve enjoyed in North America.”
Parents are often concerned about video games full of violence, but they can rest assured that the Ultimate Board Game Collection is full of good, clean family fun that everyone will enjoy. Each of the games will be fully customisable to suit any playerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tastes with different rule sets, environments, piece types and sound tracks. Also, every game will also have specific goals and award trophies to players who master them.
Ian Higgins, CEO Empire Interactive said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re delighted to bring this collection of classic board and table games to European households. Publishing on a range of formats gives us an opportunity to fulfill the sales potential and family wide appeal of these timeless games and the Wii console provides the perfect demographic for our first launch on this platform.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Clive Kabatznik, CEO of Silverstar Holdings, added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ultimate Board Game Collection is our first Wii release and another milestone in our plan to maximize product potential across all game formats and leverage the power of EmpireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unique European distribution network. This is also a significant move for us into the casual game market and the Ultimate Board Game Collection is a fantastic title to lead this initiative.Ã¢â‚¬Â
* 24 Classic board game style games, PSP, (20 on PS2).
* Enhanced physical gesturing and unique game play via the hand held wireless controller on Wii (12 games).
* Customise each game by selecting different rules, environments, piece type and sound tracks.
* Play against the CPU or up to 6 other players.
* User selectable sound track; chose from 4 different styles.
* CPU opponent has multiple difficulty levels.
* Includes 100 different Jigsaw pictures.
* Each game has a trophy that can be unlocked by completing a specific goal. Can you unlock all twenty trophies?
* Suitable for players of all ages.
* Snakes & Ladders
* Chinese Checkers
* Word Cubes
* Mahjong Solitaire
* 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
Ultimate Board Game Collection will be released Q1 2008. RRP tbc.
Apparently this game has already sold near half a million copies in America to date. I didn’t even realize it was out until I saw it on Gamefly. It should be noted that that figure is for sales across all platforms, not just the Wii version. Either way, Europe can expect to play board games on their Wii in the first quarter of ’08.