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Scott Parrino -> Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/18/2012 9:43:42 PM)

Matrix Games, Slitherine (www.slitherine.com), and NorbSoftDev (www.norbsoftdev.net/) have signed a publishing deal to bring the Scourge of War series exclusively to their distribution channels.

The wargaming community can rejoice!!: market-leading publisher Slitherine and historical games developer NorbSoftDev have reached agreement to partner for the release of past and future games in the Scourge of War series of games. All games that are part of the franchise, including the main title Gettysburg and expansions Antietam and Pipe Creek will be releasing soon on both www.slitherine.com and www.matrixgames.com. The deal also includes the release of a brand new stand alone game, Chancellorsville, later this year.

JD McNeil, Chairman of the Slitherine group of companies said: “Norb is a long-time friend and we’ve followed his success path closely in the past, from the great success of the Take Command series to the rise of the Scourge of War franchise. We are therefore proud to be his door to the market and believe we can utilize our sales and marketing experience to increase the success of the series and help build even greater projects in the future”.

The Scourge of War series started with the release of Gettysburg in 2010. It was praised by the specialist press Armchair General saying “The level of detail is flat-out stunning” and Out of Eight stating “Gettysburg should make any strategy gamer salivate”. Since then the release of the two expansions Antietam and Pipe Creek have increased the game’s popularity amongst players.

Norb Timpko, founder of NorbSoftDev, added: “Scourge of War has had a very successful run with our dedicated fan base. We have a great multiplayer community and many people are writing mods for the game, but as an independent self publishing developer, our audience is limited. We've had a relationship with Slitherine for many years and it just made sense to take this step. Slitherine/Matrix Games specialize in reaching out to wargamers with quality product and we fit this perfectly into this framework. Self publishing is hard work and takes a lot of time away from game development and expanding the franchise to the next level. With the huge wargaming audience of Slitherine/Matrix Games, we will reach a much larger base and this will allow us to focus our time creating new games. There are a lot of ACW fans out there that have never heard of the Scourge of War franchise, so we really want to reach out and tell the world who we are”.




vonRocko -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 2:46:45 AM)

Pretty cool! I never did get this. When is it coming?




Rick -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 7:20:07 AM)


this is good news indeed.

Thanks,
Rick




Alan Sharif -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 7:53:30 AM)

Very pleased to hear this.




flanyboy -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 7:54:26 AM)

Really excited for the serial # system that Matrix/Slitherne uses to replace Norbsoft's DRM. Can't wait for Chancellorsville!




Iain McNeil -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 9:31:34 AM)

The plan is to start rolling out the titles in the next few days! More news soon!




Anguille -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 9:48:38 AM)

It's possitive that the DRM is changing to a more reasonable one and the game series fits to the catalogue of Matrix.




Anguille -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 10:05:46 AM)

Sounds promising to me...




Garnier -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 5:38:11 PM)

Good news. The SOW Multiplayer community is excited for the possibility of new players.

This game has great potential. For one thing, it's the largest scale musket-era RTS available. We've had multiplayer battles with up to 22 players in a single game -- and 80,000 troops. It also is great fun in smaller battles and even 1v1s.

Also happy that the drm is changing.




Erik Rutins -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 6:28:15 PM)

Just to confirm, these releases will have our serial number system that we use on all our titles, no other DRM.

Also, we worked together with NorbSoft to setup a dedicated routing server, so the excellent multiplayer experience will be even more excellent and trouble-free. Should be a matter of simply finding an opponent (or opponents) and playing now.

Regards,

- Erik




Garnier -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 7:55:27 PM)

Yes, if that works we'll be extremely grateful to not have to do port forwarding anymore. Will make it a lot easier for people to host. [:)]




Blond_Knight -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 8:55:14 PM)

Symbolic "Yee Haw" from Richmond.




Garnier -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 11:53:36 PM)

oops -- delete




Garnier -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/19/2012 11:54:54 PM)

Couple things might need fixed on the product page:

www . matrixgames . com/products/441/details/Scourge.of.War:.Gettysburg


The number of players in game is currently technically limited at 32. In practice, the multiplayer has had up to 22 players in a full two hour battle. www . sowmp . com/gcm/battles/battle/7686 So the "players" specification should not be 1-2.

Also, there is no in-game editor of any kind, although many aspects of the game can be modified and there is an official manual for modding and creating scenarios, as well as a bunch of third party modding tools. So I don't know if saying "Editor: yes" is correct.

These apply equally to the antietam and pipe creek pages.






Erik Rutins -> RE: Slitherine and NorbSoftDev Ink Publishing Deal (9/20/2012 12:53:47 AM)

Thanks Garnier, we will correct those points.

Regards,

- Erik




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