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1C Publishing EU Launches a New Website

We are pleased to announce the release of a new web presentation of 1C Publishing EU, located at www.1cpublishing.eu

The new site features, apart from modern design, data about all 1C’s past, present and upcoming titles, including videos, demos and more. It is the place to look for the newest info about NecroVisioN, Cryostasis, XIII Century, King’s Bounty and other highly expected titles.

Gamers will also be able to purchase 1C games online soon, the service is just a couple of clicks away from the home page.

Find out more about 1C games at www.1cpublishing.eu!

UFO: Afterlight Modding Contest Has Its Winners!

Many skilled modders have worked hard over the last few months creating modifications for UFO: Afterlight. ShadoWarrior has looked through the contributions and picked the winners. While not an easy pick, we are proud to announce the winning entries.

1st Prize – Recolour Mod Mars 1.2 by Merlon

“This texture mod changes the look of weapons and armours in UFO: Afterlight. There are several colour schemes available…”

As the official description mentions, this modification lets you modify the color scheme of the game’s equipment to your liking. There are three sets to choose from, and you can combine them as you see fit. The modification alters the textures of all weapons, armors and other gear in the game. Download from StrategyCore.co.uk

2nd Prize – UFO: Afterlight Resource Scrambler 1.2 by Kret

“This is version 1.2 of a resource scrambler for the game UFO: Afterlight. It will create a new game with modified locations of resources.”

As the official description states, this tool lets you randomize the location of resources in UFO: Afterlight. This is great for adding variation to the game, making sure that a second game is as different from the first as possible. It is very useful when combined with other modifications created for the game. Download from StrategyCore.co.uk

3rd Prize - Advanced Missions Mod 0.9 by PetteriB

”This mod aims to make the tactical portion of the game more interesting by adding various enhancements to the existing mission types. This mod also adds the 'Steal object' mission type which was cut from the final release of UFO: Afterlight.”

As the official description details, this modification adds many enhancements to the tactical missions in UFO: Afterlight. With the large amount of tactical missions in the game, this is a great addition for all gamers who want more variety. Download from StrategyCore.co.uk 

Batch the patch!

Having problems with installing the UFO: Afterlight patch 1.5? Visit UFO-Afterlight.com to download a batched patch which solves the problem.


1C FURTHER EXPANDS ITS EUROPEAN HORIZONS: Cenega Publishing becomes 1C Publishing EU

Leading Eastern and Central European publisher 1C Company announced today its next step on the way of strengthening its brand and bringing its titles to the European markets.

1C Publishing EU, a new company formed on the basis of the former Cenega Publishing (Cenega Group is a part of 1C since 2005) will be located in Prague, Czech Republic.

“We are on the verge of big changes. Throughout the last few years 1C has secured the position of the biggest publisher and distributor in Eastern and Central Europe. Our aim is to keep this leading role in the region and to expand our business outside the ex-USSR countries. 1C has already opened two offices – one in the UK (1C UK) and the second one in China (1C Asia-Pacific) and we are looking forward to bringing our titles to the continental part of Europe,” said Nikolay Baryshnikov, International Sales Director, 1C Company. “The main goal of our new EU office is to establish long-term relations with distributors and publishers and to offer our games to the European customers.”

“We accomplished great success with building CENEGA PUBLISHING and making it a respected publisher on the gaming market. When we became part of the 1C group, our portfolio increased dramatically, and now we’re offering tens of titles of all genres. We plan to use our experience combined with an impressive slate of solid games and marketing activities to establish new relations and support our long-term European partners,” says Daniela Buryankova, Managing Director of 1C Publishing EU.

1C’s 2007-2008 lineup spans multiple genres including first-person shooters, stealth action, real-time strategy, simulation and role-playing games. It includes such world-renown franchise as King’s Bounty. 1C also plans to bring such highly-anticipated games as Death to Spies and Fantasy Wars to the European audience.

The above mentioned titles and other top games from the line-up were available at the Prague n Play event which took place yesterday.

read the full press release

Mess up UFO: Afterlight....even more!

A month ago we announced the UFO: Afterlight modding contest.

We’ve had some great contributions since then, but it’s hard to complete a modification in so short a time. Therefore we’ve decided to give the modders another month to complete their work, and to beef up the prizes even more!

For inspiration, you can find a fine list of mods at StrategyCore.co.uk. There are many excellent picks, but we encourage everyone to take a special look at ”Total Rebalance Modification”, ”Advanced Missions Mod” and ”Recolour Mod Mars”.

First Prize

  • Your work will be hosted at the official UFO: Afterlight site as well as StrategyCore.co.uk
  • UFO: Afterlight signed by the developers at ALTAR Games
  • Poster, t-shirt, plastic figure and other props from UFO: Afterlight
  • UFO: Aftershock and UFO: Aftermath, the prequels to UFO: Afterlight
  • El Matador game, together with t-shirt, sunglasses and notepad
  • Free download of all 12 games at Sprocket (Armed Assault, Shade: Wrath of Angels etc.)

Second prize

  • Your work will be hosted at the official UFO: Afterlight site as well as StrategyCore.co.uk
  • UFO: Afterlight signed by the developers at ALTAR Games
  • Poster, t-shirt, plastic figure and other props from UFO: Afterlight
  • UFO: Aftershock and UFO: Aftermath, the prequels to UFO: Afterlight
  • El Matador game
  • Free download of 5 games of your choice from Sprocket

Third prize

  • Your work will be hosted at the official UFO: Afterlight site as well as StrategyCore.co.uk
  • UFO: Afterlight signed by the developers at ALTAR Games
  • Poster, t-shirt, plastic figure and other props from UFO: Afterlight
  • Free download of UFO: Aftershock and UFO: Aftermath, the prequels to UFO: Afterlight, as well as a game of choice at Sprocket
  • Korea: Forgotten Conflict

Read more about the contest - contribute by June 17th 2007 to contest@strategycore.co.uk

read the full press release

UFO: Afterlight patch 1.5 released

The first patch for UFO: Afterlight has been released. It fixes a number bugs and adds some new features, of which the most important is the compatibility with Windows Vista.

This patch fixes following bugs:

  • After long period of playing, mission loading time was increasing; memory manager could cause crash-downs.
  • Skybox was seen in other visual modes.
  • Destroying the target in an expedition mission didn't result in a win.
  • Replacing suit add-on didn't replace its bonus.
  • Deleting squads caused missing characters in the Equipment screen.
  • Interrupted level-up caused a loss of remaining level-up points.
  • Automatic re-equip created missing ammo.
  • "Unload all" affected parameters of other equipped weapons.
  • "Unload all" didn't refresh list of composed items in the Storage screen.
  • Beastmen weren't able to re-equip after they had been mind-controlled and disarmed.
  • Signs of some different mines on the globe were the same.
Also this patch improves the game in following ways:
  • The game runs under Windows Vista.
  • Appropriate handling of OpenAL libraries (sound issues).
  • Repeated stun-attack on unconscious unit doesn't add more experience.
  • Over-damage doesn't add more experience.
  • Info about selected character in the Base screen is displayed.
  • Changing a speed of the tactical game is possible with shortcuts; the same ones as in the strategy game.
  • Center on vehicles is obtained by clicking to open space in the Globe screen.
  • Clicking a portrait of a boss in any Management screen turns off his speech until next visit to the screen.
  • Labels of corpses in the tactical game are displayed only after the mouse focusing.

Download

  • Patch for all versions secured by SecuROM (DVD version) except Chinese (Polish and Russian versions are secured by StarForce)
  • Patch for Chinese version secured by SecuROM (DVD version)

NecroVisioN for PC signed

From the recent drug battles in South America, through the future human battle for survival on Mars, Cenega now plunges headlong back into World War I with its newly signed title, NecroVisioN.

read the full press release

Cenega to Release Vampires and Hell Demons
NecroVisioN for PC signed

April, 2nd, 2007 – Prague, Czech Republic


From the recent drug battles in South America, through the future human battle for survival on Mars, Cenega now plunges headlong back into World War I with its newly signed title, NecroVisioN. But there is more to the game then defeating the Kaiser’s army. There is much greater evil hidden beneath the battlefields of the Great War. Captured in another war, it fights its way up to the face of the Earth. And has to be stopped…

Now the only defense standing between the powerful forces of darkness and humans, who are unaware of the existence of the underground worlds, are vampires. But they are losing ground in this war and desperately need help before they fall and all hell will get loose. Can a young American save these worlds, and survive as a human?

NecroVisioN is a First Person Shooter taking place in a variety of locations from battlefields of World War I to much darker and brutal underground world of vampires and demons. Sceneries range from realistic to dream-like, opponents from enemy troops to fantasy creatures – old fashion look and style of the game is going to remind the world setting from the Lovecraft's horrors and seamlessly mix the war shooter elements into it. Player will fight enemies using environments, powerful and evil artifacts, vampire technology, and authentic WWI era weapons.

Mess up UFO: Afterlight - be rewarded by its creators!

UFO: Afterlight modding contest is here! ALTAR Games wants you to modify their game to your heart’s content! And there is a bunch of prizes from Altar Games, Cenega Publishing and Idea Games that you can win!

UFO: Afterlight lets you take on the inhabitants of Mars in a perfect blend between strategy and tactics. You explore the surface, build mines, research technologies and develop equipment in the strategic view. You recover artifacts, capture enemies, blow up installations and neutralize the opposition in the tactical view. The two parts are closely knit together, and making a bad decision in one can be fatal to the other.

But what if you could do even more? What if a gamer out there has a brilliant idea to expand the game even further? That’s what the “UFO: Afterlight modding contest” is all about! ALTAR Games wants you to modify their game to your heart’s content! Feel like changing the sound or music? Don’t be shy! Feel like changing the balance of the factions? Bring it on! Feel free to add or change anything you can manage, and get a nice prize if your contribution is amongst the top three!

First Prize

  • Your work will be hosted at the official UFO: Afterlight site as well as StrategyCore.co.uk
  • UFO: Afterlight signed by the developers at ALTAR Games
  • Poster, t-shirt, plastic figure and other props from UFO: Afterlight
  • UFO: Aftershock and UFO: Aftermath, the prequels to UFO: Afterlight
  • El Matador game, together with t-shirt, sunglasses and notepad
  • Free download of all 8 games at Sprocket (Armed Assault, Shade: Wrath of Angels etc.)

Second prize

  • Your work will be hosted at the official UFO: Afterlight site as well as StrategyCore.co.uk
  • UFO: Afterlight signed by the developers at ALTAR Games
  • Poster, t-shirt, plastic figure and other props from UFO: Afterlight
  • UFO: Aftershock and UFO: Aftermath, the prequels to UFO: Afterlight
  • El Matador game
  • Free download of Armed Assault at Sprocket

Third prize

  • Your work will be hosted at the official UFO: Afterlight site as well as StrategyCore.co.uk
  • UFO: Afterlight signed by the developers at ALTAR Games
  • Poster, t-shirt, plastic figure and other props from UFO: Afterlight
  • Free download of UFO: Aftershock and UFO: Aftermath, the prequels to UFO: Afterlight, at Sprocket
  • Korea: Forgotten Conflict

Anyone can modify UFO: Afterlight, and long time UFO: After modder ShadoWarrior has a nice guide up at the official ALTAR forums. Take 20 minutes reading through it, and you’re good to go. As a basic you can change the strength of weapons, armors and items to your liking. Combine that with new models, sound, music and weapons and you’ll have a full fledged total conversion. You can find a list of released modifications so far at the official ALTAR forums.

More about the contest - contribute by April 30th 2007 to contest@strategycore.co.uk

read the full press release

UFO: Afterlight Public Demo

The release date of UFO: Afterlight is coming up fast and the day has come when we let you smell the martian air for the first time. You can get to know the Afterlight team in the today revealed Public Demo.

The demo allows you to test all features of the final game for whole 10 game days. You will be able to go through all options in the strategic part and experience tactical action in approximately 5 randomly generated missions.

Download the demo from: FileFront, FanGaming, Fileplanet, GameSpot or SpawnPoint

UFO: Afterlight Final Trailer and Gameplay Movie

Check out the new UFO: Afterlight Trailer and Gameplay Movie to shorten your time of waiting for UFO: Afterlight February 2007 release.