Acclaim Signs on with Avalon

Acclaim Entertainment Ltd. has signed a distribution agreement with Avalon Interactive for the upcoming release of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II in the U.K., France, Benelux and Germany.

The game, which was developed by Black Isle Studios under license from Hasbro Properties Group, will be available for PlayStation2 and Xbox on February 6, 2004.

“Because of the success of the Baldur’s Gate franchise and the significant demand for this sequel among hardcore gamers and fans, we’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to distribute it in four of the largest European territories,” says Rod Cousens, Acclaim CEO. “This agreement further enhances and diversifies our portfolio as we continue to bolster our reputation as one of Europe’s leading distributors.”

Released in 2002 for the PS2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube platforms, the original Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and sold in excess of one million units worldwide.

“In Acclaim we’ve found the ideal distribution partner for these vital European territories,” says Thierry Ortolan, senior VP of Avalon Interactive. “We’re confident that the strength of their sales and marketing teams in all these territories will ensure that Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II will continue the great success the franchise has achieved to date.”

Developed by Black Isle Studios, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II is set in the Wizards of the Coast’s Forgotten Realms world, the most popular Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting, using the 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons rules set. The game features 100 levels, more monsters, five new customizable player characters, single- or two-weapon fighting styles, graphically stunning environments, hidden areas to explore, and an item-creation system that will allow players to create their own ultimate magical artifacts.