Battles in Italy Goes Gold!

Battles in Italy Goes Gold!

Fourth Game in the Award-Winning
Decisive Battles Series Goes Gold!

Staten Island, NY, May 17th, 2005 –
Matrix Games
www.matrixgames.com
  and Strategic Studies Group (SSG)
www.ssg.com.au  are
very pleased to announce that the next game in the Decisive Battles Series,
Battles in Italy, has gone gold and is anticipated to be available to the public
in late May via the Matrix Games Online Store. Battles in Italy brings the
award-winning series to three pivotal battles: Sicily (Operation Husky), Salerno
(Operation Avalanche), and the unfortunate Operation Shingle, the invasion at
Anzio.

David Heath, Director of Operations
at Matrix Games said, “It is a privilege for Matrix Games to bring another
installment of the Decisive Battles Series to gamers around the world. World War
II is brought to life by SSG’s hard work and dedication to detail. We all look
forward to this upcoming release and many more in the future.”

Battles in Italy is an operational
wargame that takes you to three of the toughest fought battles in the
Mediterranean; including the invasions of Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio. All three
campaigns incorporate many new improvements and enhancements to the Decisive
Battles series. Some of these updates include rules for surrender, political
units, cooperation between countries, and improved amphibious invasions!

Gregor Whiley, President of
Strategic Studies Group, had this to say, “We’re pleased to bring the Decisive
Battles series to a rarely covered theater. Many of the battles in Italy were as
tough as anything in Normandy, the Ardennes or the Eastern Front. Solo players
will be glad to hear that the AI, often noted as one of the best in wargaming,
is even better than before. This along with the interface improvements and
ongoing improvements to the engine makes Battles in Italy the best yet for the
Decisive Battles Series!”

The Decisive Battles Series has won
a number of awards, including War Game of the Year from both Computer Gaming
World and Gamespy, Editor’s Choice from PC Gamer, and The Wargamer’s Award for
Excellence. The series features an operational setting with an easy to use
interface. The game is approachable by beginners and masters with AI options to
give either type a run for their money and an extended tutorial to help get
started

Battles In Italy is expected to be
available from the Matrix Games Online Store in late May both as a digital
download and a boxed game.

ABOUT MATRIX GAMES

Matrix Games produces, markets and
publishes historical wargames as well as other computer gaming products. Since
2000, Matrix Games has published several award-winning games, including Highway
to the Reich, Starships Unlimited, Uncommon Valor and Korsun Pocket. Matrix
Games is based in Staten Island, New York. For more information, visit the
Matrix Games website at
www.matrixgames.com

ABOUT STRATEGIC STUDIES GROUP

Strategic Studies Group (SSG) was
founded in Australia during the 1980s by Roger Keating and Ian Trout with the
release of their first game, Reach for the Stars. Over the last twenty years and
over fifty computer games, SSG has grown from a fledgling company to one of the
driving forces in Computer Strategy in the world today. SSG’s Decisive Battles
series has won as much acclaim as any modern wargame. Their work continues with
an upcoming Decisive Battles title to follow Battles In Normandy. For more
information, visit the SSG website at
www.ssg.com.au