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Dracula's Curse Revealed


News release

27th March 2008

Ascaron Entertainment and Focus Home Interactive have released 8 new screens for Dracula: Origin, Frogware Studio’s terrifying adventure game for PC due out in May 2008.

Dracula: Origin reveals the origins of Dracula’s curse; the curse of a man tortured by the loss of the woman he held more precious than anything, yet also the woman who would rather kill herself than give in to him. Slowly, the thirst for vengeance took hold, turning the ardent defender of Christianity into a hardened servant of the Devil.

Although Dracula began celebrating terrible atrocities amidst satanic masses, he was still alive, still human, until the fateful day when he drank his rival’s blood and then made a pact, sealed for all eternity, to be damned as the first vampire.

In the game you play the role of renowned vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing, on the hunt for Dracula, who himself is on a quest for a mysterious manuscript that will give him the power to raise the dead. Your goal is to prevent Dracula from finding and using this manuscript, and killing him in order to liberate the souls of all those who have perished in his path.

Using conventional Point&Click gameplay, Dracula: Origin is a superb adventure presented with stunning visuals, combining ominous 2D environments and animated 3D characters. The game digitally reproduces the world imagined by the great author, Bram Stoker, with a rich storyline that takes you to London, Egypt, Austria and Transylvania and includes all the essential elements to create the disturbing and absorbing Gothic atmosphere.

Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment / Focus Home Interactive

Web: www.Ascaron.com / www.Dracula-Origin.com

Developer: Frogware Studio

Release date: 23rd May 2008


PEGI: 12+ (Expected)

Format: PC

Genre: Point&Click Adventure

About Ascaron Entertainment

From Day One in 1989 Ascaron Entertainment has become one of the leading European“boutique” developers and Publishers of games for the PC, with many successful titles including Patrician, Port Royale, DarkStar One and SACRED.

Ascaron maintains development studios in Berlin, Gutersloh and Aachen (Germany), as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Ascaron currently markets its products in more than 40 countries and over 15 languages.

Ascaron Entertainment (UK) is an independent office and is highly regarded on a domestic and global scale. With a professional reputation, full-service product management, and a wealth of experience in the games industry, the UK operation manages the international releases of Ascaron's entire catalogue, whilst also providing a bespoke publishing, sales, PR and marketing function to selected affiliate label partners. Ascaron Entertainment (UK) continues to be responsible for successfully launching titles into the UK market from developers and publishers worldwide. Titles include the popular UFO, Panzers, Cossacks and Blitzkrieg series of games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, TrackMania United, and City Life 2008.


About Focus Home Interactive

Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is a French publishing and distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity, quality and originality of its catalogue, Focus now publishes and distributes many of its titles throughout Europe and also world-wide in both boxed retail and digital distribution formats. The last five years have been very successful for Focus in France, with many of its PC licenses becoming top-sellers. Focus has also published several original titles, including the adventure game Runaway, the renowned Cycling Manager and the much-loved TrackMania. The coming months will be exciting and full of surprises with the release of high-quality games such as Blood Bowl, TrackMania DS, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Sherlock Holmes and sport games dedicated to major events such as the America’s Cup or the Tour de France.


For further press information please contact:

Stephen Denton / Matt King

Media Safari

T: +44 (0)1225 731388

E: stephend@mediasafari.co.uk

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