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Strategy First and Arxel Guild Teams Up

by Thomas on Feb. 11, 2002 @ 7:09 p.m. PST

Strategy First and Arxel Guild (part of the CTO S.P.A. Group) announced today that they have entered an exclusive European distribution agreement for two of Strategy First's premier titles, Disciples II: Dark Prophecy and Trainz.

"Strategy First is extremely pleased to have Arxel Guild as our European
distribution partner for these two titles. Their knowledge and expertise of the European market will help us replicate the current success of both
titles in North America. We are confident in their marketing abilities, and we are looking forward to working with them over the long term," said
Stewart Braybrook, Director of European Operations for Strategy First.

"Disciples II and Trainz are perfectly in line with our new catalogue
orientation: a limited number of excellent products for each segment and on all platforms. DISCIPLES II is a great strategy game that I’ve been playing relentlessly for the last month! The ambience is fantastic, the graphics totally immersive and the gameplay perfectly suited to the genre. As for TRAINZ, it is quite simply the best game of its category: Model Railroad Simulation,” said Guillaume de Fondaumière, Arxel Guild's Chairman.

Arxel Guild will be responsible for the distribution of both Disciples II
and Trainz throughout Europe. The territories covered in the agreement are
France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Holland,
Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Ireland, as well as Russia, Ukraine,
The Baltic States, Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Romania,
Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Israel.

About Disciples II: Dark Prophecy
Developed and published in North America by Strategy First, Disciples II is a state-of-the-art turn-based strategy game offering beautiful 2D and 3D graphics and compelling game play. Already receiving critical acclaim,
Disciples II is flying off the store shelves in North America, as fans of
the genre eagerly join the Disciples experience. European gamers will also
be able to share in the experience soon when the game makes its European
debut this April.

About Trainz
Developed by Australian developer AURAN and published in North America by
Strategy First, TRAINZ is a high-end model railroad simulation. It takes the
genre to a new level by providing all the tools & interactivity models that
model railroad enthusiasts want. The powerful Discreet gmax game pack,
included with every game, will allow users to create and import their own 3D
content into the game. Trainz allows users to create spectacular layouts,
collect locomotives and rolling stock, and ride the rails while sharing the
experience with people from all over the world via the Internet. Published
in North America on February 12t, Trainz will hit European store shelves in the summer of 2002.

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