Impressions Games and Sierra Announce Development of Lords of the Realm III
CAMBRIDGE, MA (October 12, 2001) - Impressions Games(tm) and Sierra(tm)
today announced development of Lords of the Realm(r) III, the long-awaited
return of the companies' highly successful Lords of the Realm series of
games. The ultimate medieval simulation, Lords III covers the entire life of
being a lord in the middle ages - castle building and design, rural estate
management, acquiring knights and soldiers to make armies, warfare and
conquest, politics and diplomacy, and the struggle with or against the
Church, and with the rising merchant class. The elements that made the Lords
of the Realm series a best seller worldwide are now powered by an all-new
3-D graphics engine designed to catapult the game to the forefront of the
strategy genre in late 2002.
Already hotly anticipated in the gaming community, Lords of the Realm III is
named as one of the "Ten Hottest Games of 2002" in PC Gamer magazine's
December 2001 issue. In addition, Lords of the Realm 2 was recently named
one of the "Top 50 Games of All Time" by the same publication.
"Lords of the Realm III will give gamers a real eyeful of medieval battles,"
said Alex Rodberg, brand manager for Lords of the Realm III. "We've done
away with a lot of the interface elements that can often undermine the sense
of immersion, and have made Lords III combat so visibly rich that clashes
resemble something out of the movie Braveheart rather than those of a
typical strategy game."
Like its predecessors, Lords of the Realm III is a historically-based
strategy game combining resource management, castle building, siege,
politics and conquest. However, unlike its predecessors, Lords III utilizes
an all-new 3D engine developed by Impressions Games, and is played entirely
in real time. The game may be played by a single player, or by two to eight
competing players. The multiplayer game includes various short,
single-session scenarios or modes of play in addition to longer campaigns.
Lords of the Realm III is set in the medieval period or the "Middle Ages,"
between approximately 850 AD and 1350 AD. Various scenarios and campaigns
encompass the British Isles, Germany, France, Normandy, Brittany, Flanders
and Denmark. Many figures, places, peoples, events and other things
familiar and recognizable today (some historical, some fictional) arose in
the Middle Ages, and are encountered in Lords III. Examples include: people
like William Wallace and Robin Hood; places like Stonehenge and the Tower of
London; and events such as the Crusades and the scourge of the Black Plague.
About Lords of the Realm III
Lords of the Realm III is the long-awaited, highly-anticipated continuation
of Impressions Games' popular Lords of the Realm series. With two
award-winning, commercially successful games in its family, Lords of the
Realm III promises to propel the series to new heights.
Beginning with a brand new 3-D engine, Lords of the Realm III is a carefully
researched, richly detailed historical game of warfare and politics in a
beautifully rendered medieval world. In Lords of the Realm III, players
strive to rise from simple beginnings to rule a medieval empire, overcoming
land-hungry bishops and scheming merchant princes, while exploiting the
knights, soldiers, peasants, and craftspeople at their disposal.
About Impressions Games
Impressions Games has been a leading developer of strategy games for over
ten years, with offices in Cambridge, MA. Impressions Games has created some
of the most innovative, best-selling titles in the interactive entertainment
industry, including the Lords of the Realm(r) series, Lords of Magic(r),
Robert E. Lee: Civil War General(, Civil War Generals 2: Grant, Lee,
Sherman(, and the Impressions' City Building Series(tm) which is comprised
of the Caesar(tm) line of games, Pharaoh(tm), Pharaoh Official Expansion:
Cleopatra(tm), Zeus(tm): Master of Olympus(tm), and Poseidon(tm). More
information can be found at http://www.impressionsgames.com.
Sierra On-Line, Inc. http://www.sierra.com, a studio of Vivendi Universal
Publishing and part of its Games division, is one of the original developers
and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment and
productivity software. Sierra is renowned for releasing critically acclaimed
and award winning titles that represent a wide variety of computer
entertainment on both next generation console and PC platforms.
About Vivendi Universal Publishing
Vivendi Universal Publishing (VU Publishing), the publishing division of the
world's second largest communications group (Vivendi Universal), is an
international leader in multi-platform publishing and content distribution.
As one of the top three players in the global publishing market and the only
publisher with an international reach, the Company's key content areas
include literature, reference, education, games and consumer press. VU
Publishing publishes content in four major languages, including English,
French, Spanish and Portuguese, and has strong local publishing brands,
including Anaya, Atica, Houghton Mifflin, Knowledge Adventure, Larousse,
Nathan and Scipione. In the games category, VU Publishing is a leading
publisher of online, PC and console-based games. Its studios include
Blizzard Entertainment, The Flipside Network, Sierra and Universal