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PRESS RELEASE - 23rd November 2001

Historic World War II strategy action as Codemasters signs The Bitmap Brothers' new game development.


CODEFEST 2002, London, November 23rd: Codemasters has secured the worldwide publishing rights to The Bitmap Brothers' new real-time action strategy game development project entitled World War II: D-Day to Berlin*.

Scheduled as a priority PC title for Q3 2002, World War II: D-Day to Berlin is set to capture the heroism of World War II's most significant battles. As Commander of the Allied Forces, the game will see players attempting to drive the Axis forces deep back inside their own territory.

Says Richard Blenkinsop, Codemasters’ internal Producer for the title:
"Recent successes in mass entertainment fields, including film and television drama, prove that World War II continues to be an evergreen source of fascination and embraces an audience across many generations. The Bitmap Brothers' skills for creating absorbing, engaging and often astonishing gaming classics is a vital part of bringing World War II: D-Day to Berlin's scenarios alive on the screens of a far-reaching PC audience."

Mike Montgomery, Managing Director of The Bitmap Brothers, comments:
"We're committed to creating an experience that will have broad appeal from the core RTS player through to the casual gamer who will be attracted by the game's historical detail. We're very excited to have Codemasters’ support and international publishing strength for this project, which we believe can become a major blockbuster."

* Provisional title.

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ABOUT CODEMASTERS
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience on current and future gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company's dominant brands include Colin McRae Rally, TOCA Touring Cars, LMA Manager, and Operation Flashpoint - a title that has recently featured as a number one best seller across Europe and the USA. The company is the winner of the Queen's Award For Enterprise in the Innovation category. David Darling, Codemasters’ Chief Executive and co-founder, is the winner of the "Overall Entrepreneur of the Year" award from the UK's Entrepreneur of The Year 2000. Richard Darling, Design Director and co-founder, is renowned as one of the most prolific game designers in the industry, having been involved in the creation of the company's staggering 60 number one best sellers. The company is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK and maintains European operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. The company has its US headquarters in New York and maintains an online gaming facility in Oakhurst, CA. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.codemasters.com/

ABOUT THE BITMAP BROTHERS
Established over 13 years ago and based in Wapping, London and Harrogate in the North of England, the legendary Bitmap Brothers employ over 20 programmers and artists and are one of the UK's leading independent development studios. The Bitmap Brothers have most recently completed development on two highly anticipated titles, Z2 for PC and Speedball 2100 for PlayStation. More information about the company and its products is available online at http://www.bitmap-brothers.co.uk/.

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