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Sarbakan to Develop Online WWII Multiplayer Game

Sarbakan, a Canadian one-stop multiplatform game development service provider, signed an agreement with Breakthrough New Media to develop a downloadable multiplayer game inspired by Breakthrough Films & Televisions six-part, World War II documentary series, FOR KING & COUNTRY.

Scheduled to go gold next spring, FOR KING & COUNTRY: OPERATION VICTORY is a six-part episodic downloadable online game dedicated to Canadas military experience during the Second World War. Every episode focuses on a particular battle or a given aspect of the Canadians involvement in WWII. The turn-based gameplay will put emphasis on strategy and stealth/action objectives.

We are thrilled to be working with Breakthrough New Media on this project, says Guy Boucher, Sarbakans president/exec producer. We are convinced that players all over the world will greatly enjoy FOR KING AND COUNTRY OPERATION VICTORY. This multiplayer, multi-episode downloadable game accurately captures the intensity and emotion of Canadas operations in western Europe in much the same spirit as Breakthrough Films & Televisions renowned documentary series.

Working with Sarbakan on FOR KING AND COUNTRY OPERATION VICTORY. is an exciting opportunity for us, says Dorothy Vreeker, producer for Breakthrough New Media. We are both committed to producing an original, exciting game that focuses on real Canadian stories and events.

FOR KING AND COUNTRY OPERATION VICTORY has been made possible through the generous support of the Telefilm New Media Fund, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and History Television. The documentary series recently aired on History Television, receiving critical acclaim and high ratings.

Founded in 1998, Quebec City-based Sarbakan (www.sarbakan.com) is an independent animation and game one-stop shop that provides full multiplatform development services to an impressive list of studios and brand owners. Services, ranging from concept to full deployment, are available for any Web, wireless, ITV, gaming console, PC or animation project. Sarbakan regularly works with clients such as Warner Bros, kids WB!, America Online, Viacom, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Groupe TF1 and The National Film Board of Canada.

The interactive division of Breakthrough Films & Television, Breakthrough New Media is one of Canada's most successful companies at producing innovative, convergent Websites and games based on their television properties. Visit www.breakthroughfilms.com. Toronto-based Breakthrough Films and Television (www.breakthroughfilms.com) is a producer of popular children's, factual, drama and lifestyle programming.

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