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King’s Bounty 2 is set to launch in 2020 across PC, PS4 and Xbox One

August 15, 2019 -1C Entertainment is elated to let the dragon out of the cave on the return of their acclaimed turn-based tactics series,  King’s Bounty! Releasing in 2020 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, King’s Bounty 2 will take players to the land of Antara, iterating on the classic turn-based tactics and RPG elements of the series. Pre-orders are now at KingsBounty2.com

Offering a fresh take on the acclaimed fantasy series, King’s Bounty 2 expands upon its tactical turn-based battles to offer players a truly immersive RPG experience. Weight is added to each move, from battles to developing relationships with the people players meet within the world of Antara. 

Taking up the mantle of one of three heroes - each with their own unique story - players embark on a non-linear, open-world adventure across a detailed and densely-packed fantasy landscape. Danger has arisen in the world, with a mysterious blight descending upon the far reaches of Antara, corrupting the land and people who reside in it. Refugees from the affected regions have begun to arrive in the kingdom of Nostria, putting food and resources in short supply. Once living souls, blight-distorted creatures now roam the countryside leaving chaos and destruction in their wake. Your actions have consequences as Antara slowly gets consumed in this great conflict. How will you forge this land’s future?

 

King’s Bounty 2 features:

Interactive and cinematic story – Told through the lens of a highly cinematic experience, King’s Bounty 2 puts choice in players’ hands rather than their mouths. Embracing classic RPG traditions, players are frequently faced with difficult moral choices that have far-reaching consequences for the fate of the realm. But instead of hinging on simple dialogue choices, it is the players’ actions that hold the true weight.

Landscape matters – When players enter combat, the battlefield directly reflects the specific part of the world map that they’re traversing. This forces players to consider their surroundings before entering combat, to minimize potential risks or even try to give themselves the upper hand.
 

No more flat arenas – Realistic, volumetric battlefields are now an integral part of combat in King’s Bounty 2. Creating maximum tactical diversity, all manner of obstacles and features can be found on the combat maps, from ravines and hills to wagons and more. Every battle now has its own unique tactical advantages and disadvantages.
 

New character development systemKing’s Bounty 2 gives players three characters to choose from, each with their own unique story. As they explore the realm, their stories change as they align themselves with different ideals: Strength, Art, Order, and Anarchy. Not only do these choices affect how NPCs react to them, but they also have a tangible impact on the world.

Unique squads – Each squad consists of wholly unique units, each with their own set of skills and visual appearance. Instead of faceless recruits, players build armies of humans, elves, trolls, and other creatures who spend the majority of their adventure fighting side-by-side, developing lasting bonds.

Tactical depth on the battlefieldKing’s Bounty 2 introduces many new tactical features to the series, such as Line of Sight, for a deeper, richer combat experience. Surprise tactical events mid-battle will also keep players on their toes.

Unique blend of realism and fantasy – Experience a vast fantasy world that expertly blends beloved genre tropes with a gritty realism to ensure players remain grounded in this desperate, realm-wide struggle.

Fantasy Tactics RPG Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is now Available on Nintendo Switch!

August 14, 2019 - 1C Entertainment and 6 Eyes Studios are happy to announce that turn-based tactical RPG Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark is now available on Nintendo Switch via the Nintendo store for $29.99/€24.99! 

From the Early Access launch exactly one year ago, to its successful release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One this May that brought a mighty 85% score on OpenCritic and an impressive 92% user score on Steam, Fell Seal now completes its journey with the release on the final major platform.

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark takes you to the world of Teora, a land once ravaged by a brutal beast bent on destruction. Teora narrowly escaped its dire fate thanks to the Council of Immortals, who now rule the land through their mortal agents, the Arbiters. The Council and their Arbiters keep the peace by enforcing stability and order... but at what cost? Step into the boots of Kyrie, an Arbiter that sets out on an adventure to protect the land and uncover centuries-old secrets that could shake the very foundation of everything her order stands for.
 
Key features:
●    Experience an epic and mature story, unfolding through over 40 story encounters and topped with challenging end-game content.
●    Classic tactical battles, with rugged terrain and elevation, taking place on beautiful hand-drawn environments.
●    A deep and complex class system with over 30 classes and 300 abilities lets you truly customize every one of your characters through the selection of their class, sub-class and passives. Carefully craft the character you envision, be it a versatile generalist, a dedicated spell-caster or a mighty foe-crushing specialist!
●    Customize your troops' appearance your way, by selecting their portrait, outfit, colors and overall visuals from a wide selection.
●    Equip your army with over 240 pieces of equipment, either purchased, gathered from fallen enemies or created from crafting.
 
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark is now available on Nintendo Switch, Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, and Xbox One. 

Vikings, Slavs, Anglo-Saxons and Germans expand their battlefields to Xbox One!

August 13, 2019 – 1C Entertainment and developer Destructive Creations are happy to announce that Ancestors Legacy in now available on Xbox One via the Microsoft Store for 39,99 USD / 34,99 EUR. After its successful launch on PC, the critically acclaimed historical RTS aims to fill in the gap of strategy games on console platforms and bring the blood-soaked battles of the Medieval years into your living room. Being developed from the beginning for the use with a controller, Ancestors Legacy guarantees to bring the original RTS experience to all strategy game fans even without the traditional peripherals.

 

Ancestors Legacy is also launching on PS4 today, published by Destructive Creations.

About Ancestors Legacy:
Ancestors Legacy is a history-inspired, real-time strategy game influenced by historical events in the Middle Ages. The game combines resource management and base building with large-scale, squad-based battles across vast battlefields, all rendered in superb detail with Unreal Engine 4. Experience medieval bloodshed like never before thanks to the cinematic action camera that puts you right in the middle of the battle at the press of a button.
 
Take command of your army as you storm through medieval Europe in an extensive series of campaigns. Choosing one of the four available nations – Viking, Anglo-Saxon, German, or Slav – you will be tasked with more than just conquering, raiding, and pillaging enemy camps, villages, and towns. Only by utilizing the full range of available tactical options, taking strategic advantage of the environment, and managing your temporary bases and settlements will you emerge victorious.
 
Main features:

●    Four playable nations in an extensive single-player campaign inspired by historical events
●    Various modes of intense multiplayer battles
●    Advanced tactical options combining the use of terrain, experience, and morale
●    Cinematic battle camera view that puts you right in the center of the action
●    Outstanding visual fidelity powered by Unreal Engine 4
●    Streamlined resource management and village construction
 

The legendary RTS series reaches the cold war era

August 8, 2019 - 1C Entertainment and developer Digitalmindsoft are excited to announce the latest iteration in its long-running Men of War RTS series: Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War. Available as a standalone expansion, the game launches on Steam on September 12. This marks the series’ first foray into this iconic era, bringing with it all the tense, military tactics players have come to expect from the series, told against the backdrop of the heated conflict between the United States and Soviet Union.

Building upon the framework of Men of War: Assault Squad 2, Cold War introduces a brand-new feature to the series: dynamic campaign creation. Mirroring the ever-present feeling of dread that permeated the era, dynamic campaign creation ensures no two campaign experiences play out the same in single player and co-op. From randomized skirmishes to custom army compositions, players will be forced to think on their feet in the heat of battle.

Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War also marks the return of the series’ genre-defining RTS combat. Players take control of vast armies of U.S. or Soviet soldiers, tanks, helicopters and more as they take this historic struggle to series-first locales. From sleepy winter villages to fortified border zones, Direct Control mode returns, giving players unprecedented control over their forces, allowing them to control single units in a bid to out-maneuver their enemies. Couple this with online multiplayer to match the game’s dynamic single player and co-op campaigns, and Men of War fans have a lot to be excited about!

Key Features:
●    Pick your side: The United States of America versus the Soviet Union
●    Dynamic campaign creation makes singleplayer and cooperative campaign play extremely replayable with randomized skirmish battles and custom army compositions
●    Competitive online multiplayer modes
●    Combined arms game mode: Capture and hold flag points using all military means possible
●    Annihilation game mode: Dominate the enemy or capture their base, as valuable resources can be secured on the battlefield
●    Command large armies or control single units with the series-defining direct control mode
 

Coming to PC on September 17th, and PS4, Switch and Xbox One in Q1 2020

August 1, 2019 - Demon’s suck. Finding out you may just be one? That’s the pits! Thankfully, bombastic punch-em-up, Devil’s Hunt, is coming to help work through your inner struggle between good and evil. 1C Entertainment is excited to announce that Devil’s Hunt will launch on Steam on September 17, 2019, with subsequent releases on PS4 and Xbox One - as well as a newly-announced Switch version - in the first quarter of 2020.

Originally slated to launch simultaneously across all platforms, the decision to shift Devil’s Hunt’s console launches into early 2020 was not one that was made lightly. Both 1C Entertainment and developer Layopi Games made the decision in order to ensure the game’s PC debut has the polish and commitment to quality befitting an extravagant third person action game where players fight their way through Hell, Jerusalem, and... Miami?

Step into the designer shoes of Desmond, your not-so-friendly neighbourhood anti-hero and general Miami nuisance. Turns out, he’s forged a deal with the devil and is firmly planted in the middle of a cosmic struggle between angels and demons. With the fate of humankind hanging in the balance, Desmond must come to grips with his demonic new powers as he literally punches his way through hell, taking down all manner of fearsomely angelic and demonic creatures.

Devil’s Hunt launches on PC on September 17, 2019, with a console launch (PS4, Switch, Xbox One) in Q1 2020. 

Lovecraftian horror CRPG, Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, descends upon Steam on September 26
Break down the barriers of reality in this hand-drawn take on the stories of H.P. Lovecraft

The town of Arkham. Unspeakable horrors from beyond the veil. A... release date on Steam? Open your mind to Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, a cosmic horror CRPG set to wrap its tentacles around PC gamers on September 26, available for $29.99 USD (24.99 EUR) on Steam. Drawing directly from the works of H.P. Lovecraft and employing a gorgeously grotesque hand-drawn visual style, Stygian offers a turn-based RPG in a broken and mysterious world.

Step into the 1920s as you create your own character based on one of eight different archetypes pulled from the pages of cosmic horror history - from the academic to the occultist - each with their own unique attributes, skills and belief systems. These belief systems in particular determine how your characters cope with the warped reality of the world around them. This, like the classic CRPG titles that came before it, provides players with an open-ended narrative to unearth as they attempt to find sense in the mysterious otherworldly happenings that have befallen the town of Arkham.

Faithful to its mind-rending subject matter, combat in Stygian is understandably tense. Featuring strategic, turn-based combat from a 2D perspective, players will come face to face with everything from fanatic cultists, to monstrosities that are so horrifying that we’ve been instructed not to describe them for your safety and well-being. Balancing physical combat that’s inconsistent at best against creatures from beyond and powerful eldritch spellcasting that has dire consequences on one’s mind, combat in Stygian deftly matches the cosmic horror experience that surrounds it.

Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones arrives on Steam on September 26, following its successful Kickstarter funding. 

Key Features:
•    A hand drawn 2D world reflecting Lovecraft's themes of cosmic horror and dread.
•    Enemies, environments and storylines inspired by Lovecraft’s iconic original works. Take part in quests inspired by your favorite stories and see them play out according to your own decisions and role-playing style.
•    Choose from 8 main character Archetypes, each with its own origin backstory and specialties.
•    A host of weird companions to accompany you on your ill-starred journey: the lonely, antediluvian 'Outsider', a fallen soldier of the Great War reanimated by Herbert West. Recruit these and other outlandish beings to your crew.
•    Your character's Sanity and mental state influences their available dialogue options, offering both advantages and hindrances. Sometimes it pays to be mad in a world gone mad!
•    Stygian's Belief System determines how your characters cope with the warped reality of the new Arkham, as well as the rate at which they regenerate lost Sanity. Belief Systems also offer unique dialogue options, expanding the breadth of role-playing possibilities.
•    A new kind of spell system which sometimes takes more than it gives. Being a master of the occult is not as simple as flinging colored missiles from your fingertips. The black magic of Stygian is potent but may cost you your mind, your health, and possibly even more.
•    Strategic, turn-based combat from a 2D perspective, similar to the classic Heroes of Might and Magic games.
•    The struggle in Stygian is not to save the world, for that battle is lost already. Pursue your own goals in these end times: salvation, vendetta, or perhaps something darker.

Rewrite history, pull the strings of fate and spread your influence across the globe

July 30, 2019 - 1C Entertainment is excited to introduce its latest partnership - talented Russian developer, GameTrek - and shine a spotlight on their upcoming grand strategy game: Secret Government. Arriving on Steam Early Access this October, get ready to step into the shadows and manage your very own secret society, complete with all the geopolitical perks you’d expect from manipulating the world’s superpowers.

Taking place from the 18th century to the present day, Secret Government tasks you with leading a secret society as you spread your influence across the globe, rewriting key historical events - from the War of Independence to the French and Napoleonic Wars. Manage your resources as you manipulate the actions of the world’s leaders. From strategically planting your agents in vulnerable regions, to infiltrating powerful institutions of authority, anyone can be your pawn as you exploit their resources and seize control over key decision-makers.

You’re not the only secret society lurking in the shadows, though. Be wary, as a rival secret society exists... and they aren’t afraid to manipulate their way into the history books. Make every action and choice count as you outthink the competition and maintain your hard-earned secrecy and level of infiltration in the shadows.

Secret Government slips its way out of the shadows and onto Steam Early Access this October. For more information, be sure to Wishlist the game on Steam and follow GameTrek and 1C Entertainment on Twitter.


Key Features:

•    Rewrite History - From the 18th century to the present day, the War of Independence to the French and Napoleonic Wars, each mission will drop players into major global conflicts, tasking them with manipulating the outcome to serve the Brotherhood’s ambitions.
•    Play Your Pawns - The world’s most powerful figures - from national rulers to military superpowers - are but mere pawns to you. Learn to manipulate their complex AI machinations as you leverage their unique abilities to shape the world to your needs.
•    Indirect Influence - Why should you have to do the heavy lifting of executing your diplomatic, economic, and militaristic ambitions? Plant your own agents and indirectly coerce others to do your bidding with over 50 types of actions intended to upend the world’s balance in your favor while keeping your hands clean.
•    Manipulate a Living World - From ideologies to social classes, taxes to civil unrest, the world of Secret Government is comprised of countless interconnected sociopolitical systems that effectively simulate a believable and reactionary world. While world leaders strive to maintain the status quo, how will you destabilize the system and trigger worldwide change?
•    You’re Not Alone in the Shadows - Facing down a hostile secret organization that isn’t afraid to manipulate their way into the history books, make every action and choice count in order to outthink the competition and maintain your hard-earned secrecy and level of infiltration in the shadows.

July 11, 2019 – Ion Maiden, the old-school first-person shooter developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment, will release under a new title to avoid legal issues with a certain popular heavy metal band. Ion Fury fires out of Early Access and 1.0 bursts onto PC August 15, with Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One coming later. To celebrate, PC Big Box-style physical copies are now available for pre-order.

The date is finally set: Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison now has a little red circle in her calendar for when she can take down Dr. Jadus Heskel and his army of cyber-cultists. You bet your ass she drew it with bad guy blood. With signature weapons including her Loverboy revolver and Bowling Bombs, every half-man half-cyborg she sees is about four seconds away from being nothing but gibs n’ gore. 

Lovingly crafted in Build engine which powered ‘90s classics such as Duke Nukem 3D, Blood and Shadow Warrior, Ion Fury fuses nostalgic looks with today’s technology to create the ultimate shooter. Modern features like auto-saves, improved physics and map interactivity, headshots, widescreen functionality and controller support, simply weren’t possible back then, but Ion Fury brings the best of both worlds.

To celebrate the sheer madness of a modern shooter made in the Build engine, Shelly’s getting the Big Box she deserves. This edition includes a Bowling lBomb-shaped USB Drive, a poster, a keycard based on the ones Shelly finds in-game, a making-of booklet, a lanyard, and of course Ion Fury.

“After careful consideration, we’ve decided to rename our first-person-shooter “Ion Maiden” to “Ion Fury,” said Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms. “A lot of thought went into this, but most importantly it would be a disservice to our loyal fanbase and the fantastic developers, to drag out a long lawsuit. The amazing gameplay, interactivity and pure fun, is what makes Ion Fury a great game. Not the title.”
 

1C ENTERTAINMENT AND 3D REALMS UNVEIL A SPIRITUAL QUAKE SUCCESSOR, WRATH: AEON OF RUIN

1C Entertainment and 3D Realms unveil WRTAH: Aeon of Ruin, the dark fantasy horror FPS announced in October 2018. The game, powered by the original Quake engine, will be available on PC, Mac and Linux in the summer of 2019. At the beginning of 2020, the title will be released on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One consoles. 

 WRATH: Aeon of Ruin is a result of the established in 2018 cooperation of 1C Entertainment and the legendary 3D Realms. Developed internally at 3D Realms and KillPixel, alongside Quake scene veterans, WRATH embraces the timeless elements of FPS classic titles such as DOOM, QUAKE, DUKE NUKEM 3D, BLOOD, UNREAL and HEXEN. 

 WRATH’s hub world design inspires exploration-heavy non-linear play. Only the first two realms are open at first, but keys lay hidden throughout the five worlds that open the other doors. Secrets scattered in the shadows award both lore and desperately-needed armaments. Quake Champions composer Andrew Hulshult and Cyberpunk 2077 Senior Audio Engineer Bjørn Jacobsen underscore the ethereal atmosphere with ghostly ambiance and heavy metal.

 "WRATH’s dark fantasy horror, core gameplay and classic feel, is something we feel is often imitated, but rarely matched. It’s something sorely missing from today’s games," said Frederik Schreiber, Vice President of 3D Realms and Producer on WRATH.  "Alongside our team of Quake scene developers who are masters of their craft, and the game visionary, Jeremiah ‘KillPixel’ Fox, the haunting journey they are creating is going to be incredible."

 With the POWER of the legendary original Quake engine, WRATH brings back good memories while at the same time creates greater new ones," said Nikolay Baryshnikov, President of the Management Board of 1C Entertainment S.A.

 WRATH: Aeon of Ruin is another project of 1C Entertainment and 3D Realms. In the second quarter of 2019, Ion Maiden, previously available on the Steam platform, will be released as the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One consoles.

 For more information, please explore the official websites for WRATH, 1C Entertainment,KillPixel and 3D Realms or follow the game on Twitter, Facebook, and Discord.

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Warsaw, 29 January 2019

 

Ancestors Legacy among the 100 best selling games released in 2018 on the Steam platform

Ancestors Legacy, game released by 1C Entertainment S.A. in May 2018,has been listed among the 100 top games released in 2018 according to gross revenue on the Steam platform. It is one of the three main productions in the 1C Entertainment Group's publishing activity last year, which at the same time was the most successful in the market.

 Ancestors Legacy, created by the Polish Destructive Creations studio, is an award winning historically faithful real-time strategy (RTS) set in the days of medieval Europe. Players have at their disposal one of four available factions: Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Germans or Slavs, for running a series of long-term campaigns. Different modes of intense multiplayer battles are well visually mapped thanks to the Unreal Engine 4 technology, and advanced tactical options allow the use of landform to the benefit of players.

Currently, Ancestors Legacy is available in 11 languages on PC. The game is planned to be released on Xbox One within this year. In 2018 1C Entertainment released 8 titles, including Ancestors Legacy, Deep Sky Derelicts and Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark.

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Warsaw, 26 October 2018

 

1C ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES NEW OSTFRONT VETERANEN DLC FOR ACCLAIMED PC RTS, MEN OF WAR: ASSAULT SQUAD 2

Heralded WWII Strategy Title Gets Eastern Front Expansion with New Faction and Vehicles

1C Entertainment today announced the launch of new Ostfront Veteranen DLC for the celebrated RTS series, Men of War: Assault Squad 2, which is the latest chapter in the award-winning and long-running Men of War strategy game series. The Ostfront Veteranen faction-based DLC, which is now available on PC via Steam for $9.99, expands the game with a brand-new unit selection available for the first time in the franchise—players can now join the battle as a new German faction with more than 10 new vehicles and hardened infantry squads from the brutal Eastern Front.

The Men of War series has a storied and acclaimed history since first launching in 2009. In 2014, Men of War: Assault Squad 2 updated the game with significant tech improvements as well as new skirmish modes that take players from extreme tank combat to deadly sniper stealth missions. Commanders can face off against opponents on multiplayer maps ranging from 1v1 to 8v8 in scope, with a dedicated player community still ready to commence WWII battles on a daily basis.

Even now, nearly ten years after the game’s initial release and four years after launching Men of War: Assault Squad 2, today’s Ostfront Veteranen DLC release shows the enduring vitality of the Men of War franchise,” said Nikolay Baryshnikov, CEO of 1C Entertainment. “Opening the Eastern Front with new vehicles and battle-hardened infantry is something our community has been looking forward to tackling, and it’s a pleasure to continue supporting this great game.”

The base game, which is required to play the DLC, has been lauded as one of the great masterworks of RTS games, and currently has an 84% positive rating on Steam. The Ostfront Veteranen DLC continues developer Digitalmindsoft’s commitment to providing new and exciting content for the game’s active community with new troops, units, and features based on the Eastern Front.

Ostfront Veteranen DLC Features

    • New German faction of veteran Eastern Front troops, which is available for both multiplayer and player vs. AI matches
    • More than 10 new vehicles including the Brummbär, StukazuFuß, and Flak37 mounted on SdKfz 8
    • Battle-hardened new infantry squads from the Eastern front

Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is developed by Digitalmindsoft and published by 1C Entertainment. The full game is priced at $29.99 on PC via Steam.

Keep in touch with the latest 1C Entertainment news on their website and by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Prague, 23 October 2018

 
1C ENTERTAINMENT AND 3D REALMS BRING ION MAIDEN TO CONSOLES Q2 2019

Joining Forces for Both Ion Maiden and an Unannounced FPS Based on the Original Quake Engine
  
1C Entertainment, an international group operating in the segments of game production, distribution and services for video game developers will collaborate with 3D Realms, the developer of classic first-person shooters including Duke Nukem and Shadow Warrior, to bring Ion Maiden to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q2 2019, in addition to the previously announced Steam release. Both companies will also collaborate on a new unannounced FPS based on the original Quake engine coming to all the same platforms as Ion Maiden.

Distribution of both games in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary will be carried out by Cenega S.A.

Ion Maiden’s exclusive multi-hour preview campaign is available on Steam Early Access for $19.99 in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian. The retro first-person shooter developed in the Build engine, which powered Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior, will simultaneously release on all platforms Q2 2019 in both digital and physical formats. In this prequel to 2016’s Bombshell, Shelly has to take down transhumanist mastermind Dr. Jadus Heskel. 

While Ion Maiden utilizes a classic engine, Early Access players have still found the modern staples they’ve come to expect, including headshots, more physics and interactivity, widescreen support, controller support and auto-saves. 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment are taking the best of both worlds.  

1C Entertainment is responsible for the popular RTS series Men of War, the fantasy tactical role-playing games King’s Bounty, and World War II flight simulator series IL-2 Sturmovik. Collaborating with 3D Realms promises to bring both teams’ creative powers together and deliver the high-quality content gamers know both companies for. 

"Presenting games like Ion Maiden to all of 3D Realms' fans is our number one priority," said Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms. "Partnering with 1C Entertainment means we can make our dedicated community happier by bringing Shelly to consoles."

"I was always a fan of the old-school classic FPS titles Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, Max Payne and Shadow Warrior, so I am super thrilled to partner with a legendary studio such as 3D Realms," said Nikolay Baryshnikov, CEO of 1C Entertainment. "As a global publisher, our goal is to bring top-quality titles to all the gamers around the world, and our cooperation with 3D Realms is a great addition to our portfolio. For me personally, it’s a kid’s dream come true."

For more information please explore the official websites for 1C Entertainment, 3D Realms, and Ion Maiden.
 

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4 September 2018

1C ENTERTAINMENT FILES PROSPECTUS WITH KNF

1C Entertainment SA (the “Company”), registered in Warsaw, has filed a prospectus with the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) in connection with its planned public offering. The Company and its subsidiaries make up a capital group (the “Group”) operating in the segments of production of video games, distribution of third-party video games (via retail and digital channels), and specialized services for third-party publishers and independent development studios.

The Group has a well-established position on international markets in each of the three segments in which it operates. The productions it holds the rights to enjoy steady popularity among players all over the world. Releases of new series of the best-selling titles are planned. Meanwhile, work is underway on entirely new projects based on both existing and new IP. 

The Group’s leading titles include such popular games as Men of War, King’s Bounty, and IL-2 Sturmovik.


“Our intention is to conduct the public offering this year,” said Nikolay Baryshnikov, President of the Management Board of 1C Entertainment. “We regard listing on the stock market as a further stage of growth. We have been connected with the video game industry for over 20 years. We have a wealth of experience in production and sale of video games, which has built the Group’s well-established position on international markets. We cooperate with the most important global players. We are planning to expedite growth of the Group’s development and publication activities, which are intended to be the main, but not only, driver of its growth.” 

The most important companies in the 1C Entertainment Group are Cenega, handling the distribution of video games, and production and sale of game-related apparel and accessories; Muve, providing digital game distribution services, operating online stores with games and accessories; Qloc, a world-class firm offering specialized services for the video game industry (such as programming services, testing, and localization); and 1C Online Games, publisher and developer of games for all platforms. 

In 2017 the Group generated revenue of PLN 208.6m and EBITDA of ca. PLN 30m.

The main shareholder of 1C Entertainment SA is 1C Ltd Cyprus, a joint venture of 1C Software Company, registered in Moscow, and Baring Vostok Private Equity Fund IV.

DISTRIBUTION OF TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL VIDEO GAMES

The business of the 1C Entertainment Group in the distribution segment is focussed on distribution of video games from the biggest international publishers. Games are sold through both physical and digital distribution.

The Group (via Cenega) is the largest independent distributor of video games in Central & Eastern Europe, with a market share in physical distribution of about 25%. Distribution covers four geographical markets—Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary—where the Group’s customers include the largest retail chains and other commercial buyers.

Cenega also handles coordination of promotional and marketing initiatives accompanying the market launch of games in the region.
Apart from distribution of video games in boxed versions, Cenega is also expanding its own brand Good Loot, under which it produces and sells various accessories and gadgets pursuant to distribution and licence agreements, including such brands as Star Wars, Marvel, Warhammer, DC Comics, and many others.

As part of the distribution segment, the Group is expanding the Muve platform, which was the first in Poland to offer the service of digital sale of video games on a major scale, and currently is the leading provider of services of this type for B2B customers, with a catalogue of over 3,300 games.

SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY

The segment of specialized services, offered by the 1C Entertainment Group via Qloc, is a response to the growing orders from publishers and developers in areas such as programming services, testing, and localization of games. The growing demand for outsourcing is tied to the significant level of outlays required to prepare a production meeting players’ high expectations. More and more often, producers focus mainly on the creative layer connected with preparing the narrative of the game and coordinating the work of external suppliers.

Over its 9 years in operation, Qloc has earned worldwide renown, becoming one of the few entities globally capable of delivering top-notch services in the areas of porting, comprehensive testing, and localization of games. The Group’s clients in this segment include many leading producers of video games, such as Warner Bros., Bandai Namco, Capcom, Ubisoft, and Take2. 

PRODUCTION OF VIDEO GAMES 

The video game production segment includes the following business lines: 

    • Production of video games for PC, consoles and mobile platforms
    • Publishing of titles produced by external entities and indie developers. 

The most important publishing series which the Group holds copyright to include Men of War, King’s Bounty and IL-2 Sturmovik, which have sold many millions of copies to date. The historic sales results, high assessment by users, and broad base of potential customers mean high commercial potential for future titles based on this IP.

The Group is intensively growing its activity connected with production of its own video games for all popular platforms. Current projects include video games continuing existing series (Men of War and King’s Bounty) as well as a new initiative from the free-to-play MMO genre.
Apart from production of video games for stationary devices, the Group is expanding its activity connected with creation of mobile games. 
In addition its own development projects, the Group also provides publication services for external development teams and has over 10 titles in its portfolio for 2018–2019 release. 

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