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Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game (Windows)

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www.software-pyramide.com (German):
    Nur wer wahren Glaubens ist, bleibt verschont. Bereits im Vorfeld wurde Baphomets Fluch - Der Engel des Todes als eine der letzten Bastionen des wahren Adventures gelobt. Trete nun ein, in eine dunkle Welt voller Verschwörungstheorien, waghalsiger Abenteuer und uralter Geheimgesellschaften. George Stobbart, Held wider Willen, verliebt sich in die mysteriöse und atemberaubende schöne Anna Maria. Durch ihr plötzliches Verschwinden wird er in ein verzweifeltes Wettrennen gegen die Zeit um ein uraltes Artefakt verwickelt, das unvorstellbare Zerstörung anrichten kann. George wird in die Machenschaften und Rivalitäten der ältesten und einflussreichsten Geheimgesellschaften der Welt verwickelt und muss nun das Geheimnis enthüllen, nach dem diese bereits seit Jahrtausenden streben.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on Mar 26, 2008.

theadventurecompanygames.com:
    Unearth the blueprints to the World’s most ancient weapon hidden within the lost Ark.

    After reluctantly battling dragons, Mayan gods and becoming a Knight of a long lost Holy Order, unwitting hero George Stobbart settles down to the life of a mundane 9-5 desk job. Who would have thought that a mysterious and beautiful woman would enter his life; a woman whose sudden disappearance draws him into a desperate search for a nefarious artifact of great and terrible power known as ‘The Angel of Death’ – its primitive blueprints hidden inside the Ark of the Covenant.

    Moses was the last to unleash this deadly weapon on the ancient Egyptians during the Exodus with terrifying effect – it was the most horrific of the Great Plagues. Uncannily, it seemed to be able to kill selectively, leaving the Israelites unharmed. Later, when the Ark was stolen from the Israelites, the killing recommenced and continued until the Ark, along with the secrets of Moses’ awesome weapon, was lost…

    In this fourth installment of the Broken Sword franchise, you will be enthralled, challenged and drawn into a dark world of conspiracy theories, daring adventure and ancient societies.

    Features
    • Built upon an entirely new engine, Secrets of the Ark promises a greater level of detail and realism to characters and game world
    • Cutting edge proprietary Virtual Actor System enables the player to read character emotions and develop close relationships with the heroes and diverse cast of characters
    • Hollywood style globe-trotting featuring extremely rich and varied environments from around the world for players to explore
    • Challenging but logical puzzles
    • Intriguing and gripping story based on a mixture of fact, fiction and conspiracy theory
    • Authentic ancient artifacts and historical references blur the boundary between fact and fiction.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75627) on Mar 09, 2007.

Press Release - 2/13/07:
    TORONTO, Canada, February 13, 2007 – The Adventure Company, the leading publisher of PC adventure games, today announced that Secrets of the Ark, the North American release of ‘Broken Sword: The Angel of Death’ for Windows®, is now shipping in North America. Secrets of the Ark will sell for a suggested retail price of $29.99 USD.

    Players will enjoy several new game features such as the Virtual Actor System allowing players to build relationships with game heroes. Use your skill and intuition to interrogate these characters and solve challenging, yet logical, puzzles where all aspects of the game come in to play. You will be enthralled, challenged and drawn into a dark world of conspiracy theories, daring adventure and ancient societies as you unearth the blueprints to the world’s most deadly weapon hidden within the lost Ark.

    After reluctantly battling dragons, Mayan gods and becoming a Knight of a long lost Holy Order, unwitting hero George Stobbart settles down to the life of a mundane 9 to 5 desk job. Who would have thought that a mysterious and beautiful woman would enter his life; a woman whose sudden disappearance draws him into a desperate search for a nefarious artifact of great and terrible power known as ‘The Angel of Death’ – its primitive blueprints hidden inside the Ark of the Covenant.

    Moses was the last to unleash this deadly weapon on the ancient Egyptians during the Exodus with terrifying effect – it was the most horrific of the Great Plagues. Uncannily, it seemed to be able to kill selectively, leaving the Israelites unharmed. Later, when the Ark was stolen from the Israelites, the killing recommenced and continued until the Ark, along with the secrets of Moses’ awesome weapon, was lost…

    Features
  • Built upon an entirely new engine, Secrets of the Ark promises a greater level of detail and realism to characters and game world
  • Cutting-edge proprietary Virtual Actor System enables the player to read character emotions and develop close relationships with the heroes and diverse cast of characters
  • Hollywood style globe-trotting featuring extremely rich and varied environments from around the world for players to explore
  • Challenging but logical puzzles
  • Intriguing and gripping story based on a mixture of fact, fiction and conspiracy theory
  • Authentic ancient artifacts and historical references blur the boundary between fact and fiction As the fourth installment of the Broken Sword franchise, ‘Broken Sword: The Angel of Death’ has been renamed to better appeal to the North American adventure gaming market, and to reflect the mystery at the heart of the adventure – the Ark of the Covenant. Developed by Revolution Software and Sumo Digital, Secrets of the Ark is rated ‘T’ for Teen by the ESRB. Please visit our website for further information www.AdventureCompanyGames.com.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75627) on Feb 26, 2007.

CD Projekt Official Site (Polish distributor) - www.gram.pl:
    Badacze Biblii od dawna zgadzają się co do tego, że Mojżesz nie był tylko zwykłym pasterzem. Mówi się o tym, że od wczesnych lat zdradzał zafascynowanie tajemniczą nauką alchemii. Studiował zapiski, które już wówczas były bardzo stare - skąpe pozostałości po dawno wygasłych cywilizacjach. Powiada się, że pośród tych zwojów znajdował się prymitywny projekt broni o niezwykłej mocy.

    Mojżesz zdołał zbudować tę broń i kiedy Faraon odmówił pozwolenia na wyjście Synów Izraela z Egiptu, użył jej ujawniając światu niszczącą siłę. Była to ostatnia i najbardziej przerażająca z plag - Egipcjanie nazwali tę broń Aniołem Śmierci. Faraon skapitulował, rozpoczął się Eksodus... Setki lat po tych wydarzeniach pamięć o Aniele Śmierci zaginęła. Przynajmniej tak się wszystkim wydawało.

    Anioł Śmierci to czwarta część jednej z najpopularniejszych serii komputerowych gier przygodowych, Broken Sword. Powraca w niej dobrze znany miłośnikom wcześniejszych tytułów George Stobbart. Prowadząc śledztwo w sprawie zniknięcia atrakcyjnej kobiety i rozwiązując kolejne łamigłówki, znów będzie musiał uratować świat od zagłady.
    • W prezencie trzecia część serii, Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon.
    • Zachowując doskonale znaną z wcześniejszych części mieszankę humoru i mrocznego thrillera, The Angel of Death wprowadza nowy silnik graficzny, który prezentuje wydarzenia w grze z najdrobniejszymi szczegółami.
    • Niezwykła różnorodność charakterologiczna postaci została pogłębiona dzięki użyciu Wirtualnego Systemu Aktorstwa. Związek gracza z bohaterami wzmocni niezwykle realistyczna mimika twarzy.
    • Graczom przyjdzie zwiedzić wiele zakątków z całego świata, odwzorowanych z zachowaniem najmniejszych detali.
    • Po raz pierwszy w historii serii wprowadzono sytuacje z systemem presji czasowej, dzięki czemu gra nigdy nie wyda się nudna.
    • Wymagające, lecz posiadające logiczne umotywowanie łamigłówki, z wykorzystaniem historyczne tła i teorii spiskowych.

    Contributed by U.V. Impaler (7260) on Feb 07, 2007.

Press release (2nd December 2005):

    THQ and Revolution Software Unveil Broken Sword: The Angel of Death

    Conspiracy Theory Uncovered as Broken Sword Secrets Come to Light

    AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Dec. 2
    : THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced that the fourth installment of the epic Broken Sword series of games will be entitled "Broken Sword: The Angel of Death". Created by critically-acclaimed developer Revolution Software, this latest epic adventure is due to launch on Windows PC CD and is expected to hit stores around the world in summer 2006.

    In Broken Sword: The Angel of Death, gamers once again take the role of unwitting hero George Stobbart as he investigates dark secrets from a long-forgotten history. Uncovering a nefarious plot reignites an age-old rivalry between the world's most powerful factions, and exposes a secret that they have secretly fought over for millennia. A secret that will ultimately lead George's latest adventure to a painful and bitter conclusion.

    "The Broken Sword franchise has long been at the forefront of conspiracy theory gaming," said Mickey Torode, senior global brand manager, THQ Inc. "With the considerable resurgence of interest in this field over the last few years, we're excited to be able to continue expanding the Broken Sword franchise, and deliver another gripping tale of secret plots, daring deeds and high adventure."

    "Broken Sword is renowned for its gripping stories and intelligent, considered puzzles," said Charles Cecil, managing director, Revolution Software. "Broken Sword: The Angel of Death has been designed from the puzzle upwards to create the most compelling, challenging gameplay as well as deliver an enthralling story that will appeal to both fans of the genre and newcomers alike."

    About Broken Sword: The Angel of Death

    The greatest bastion of true adventure gaming, Broken Sword: The Angel Of Death sees unwitting hero George Stobbart fall in love with the mysterious and beautiful Anna Maria. Her untimely and mysterious disappearance draws him into a desperate race against time to find an ancient artifact capable of immense destruction. The only lead George has is an antiquated manuscript rumoured to have inexplicable links to mfkzt, a mythical substance that has been forgotten for over two thousand years. Unfortunately for George, it looks like the world needs saving one more time.

    To view the first exclusive trailer for Broken Sword: The Angel of Death please visit www.brokenswordtheangelofdeath.com.

    Contributed by Sciere (248675) on Sep 14, 2006.

Press release (17th August 2005):

    THQ And Revolution Software Unveil The Fourth Installment Of Broken Sword For Windows PC

    CALABASAS HILLS, CA, August 17, 2005 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Revolution Software today announced that the fourth installment of the award-winning Broken Sword games is currently scheduled for release on Windows PC in summer 2006. A unique and successful brand that has achieved international critical acclaim, the Broken Sword series of games has shipped in excess of 2.5 million units to-date and continues to drive innovation and creativity in the adventure genre.

    "We're excited to be able to be working with Revolution Software to bring the latest gripping installment of the Broken Sword franchise to consumers," said Peter Dille, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, THQ. "The acquisition of the fourth installment of the Broken Sword franchise is indicative of THQ's underlying philosophy of bringing great games with worldwide appeal to consumers. Revolution Software's latest installment of Broken Sword will help us to grow our global business and realise the potential of the international market, particularly in the European and Asia Pacific territories."

    "The demand from fans for another game in the Broken Sword series has been overwhelming, " said Charles Cecil, Managing Director, Revolution Software. "Broken Sword had originally been designed as a trilogy with Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon intended as the finale. We were delighted to relent and are very pleased to be working with THQ again to enthrall fans and carry on innovating in the adventure genre."

    About Broken Sword
    The greatest bastion of true adventure gaming, the fourth installment of Broken Sword sees unwitting hero George Stobbart fall in love with a mysterious and beautiful woman; a woman whose sudden disappearance draws him into a desperate search for a nefarious artifact of great and terrible power. Unfortunately for George, it looks like the world needs saving one more time.

    Contributed by Sciere (248675) on Sep 14, 2006.