burda:ic and Sanrio Digital start unique, innovative online game in Europe
Following a very successful beta phase, the Munich-based games publisher burda:ic announced the European launch of Sanrio Digital’s Hello Kitty Online (www.hellokittyonline.eu), the highly anticipated, free, massively multiplayer online role playing game (free2play MMORPG). The launch of Hello Kitty Online is accompanied by a lavish marketing campaign to inform users across Europe that they can now immerse themselves in the fantastic and colourful world of Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters.
Hello Kitty Online launches in five languages: German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish, all available at www.hellokittyonline.eu. The game boasts several additions and improvements since the beta version. The new housing system allows players to build their own homes and customize them in hundreds of ways, and to visit the homes of other players. The upgraded pet system lets players raise multiple animal companions that add bonuses to owners and that develop according to the quality of care they receive. The farming system lets players manage their own private farm and grow crops to produce various items that can be sold or used as ingredients in the game’s sophisticated crafting system. In addition to Sanrio Harbour, Florapolis, and London, there are two new, immensely cute zones: Paris and Beijing will offer thrilling new quests and visually stunning Hello Kitty interpretations of these world cities.
As the official online game featuring Sanrio’s famous characters, including Hello Kitty, My Melody and Badtz-Maru, Hello Kitty Online is a one-of-a-kind, innovative, massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) where players interact with one another while adventuring in the dynamic and cute online world of Hello Kitty. As players explore Hello Kitty’s fantasy environment, they uncover a fascinating main story and meet hundreds of colourful virtual inhabitants. The game immerses players in the Hello Kitty universe with lovingly detailed graphics and a multitude of cute-themed activities, mini games, and discoveries.
Key features of Hello Kitty Online:
• The charming world of Sanrio, with Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, Little Twin Stars, Pochacco, and more than a hundred additional adorable Sanrio characters.
• Unique character customization with thousands of options, including hair, makeup, clothes, accessories, tools, and more.
• Exquisitely designed game zones
• A sophisticated farming system that lets players create gorgeous gardens and harvest various goods in order to generate income and raw materials
• A pet system that allows players to keep multiple pets and create new pet breeds.
• Sophisticated house construction system with countless decorating options
• Fully-featured crafting system
• Entertaining mini-games
• Focus on community and family-friendliness
• Fully integrated community tools including blogs, e-mail, and video sharing
To download and install the free game client, users simply need to register at www.hellokittyonline.eu. Existing players will keep their current characters from the Open Beta phase.
Emil Chronicle Online developed by Gungho, published by Gravity being the first ever Japanese anime styled MMORPG is scheduled to be release by Singapore and Malaysia Run Up Game Distribution and going live in English on the 30th of September 2009 at 15:00! What’s more, it is going to be entirely free to play forever!
For those who missed out on the actions during its close beta release, try joining the trial period with other highly anticipating players and to try out the game before it actually reaches open beta! Don’t miss the chance to be ahead of other players and get to know the basics of Emil Chronicle Online as you might need it when you start playing during open beta as a lot of exciting events are prepared for open beta release! Trial period only last until 30th of September at 10:00 so grasp onto what experience you get during this pre-OB period and win amazing prizes during these events!
Emil Chronicle Online has come a long way since close beta and much improvement has been made with the server! Bandwidth has been upgraded to allow a more fluent connections and more enjoyable game play. Furthermore, the server has been set up in Singapore to provide a lagless environment for players! Emil Chronicle Online has also integrated N-Protect to prevent any cheating and safeguarding the security of world of Emil.
Do not miss out on this epic MMORPG; Emil Chronicle Online scheduled to be release on the 30th of September 2009! See you in the land of Acronia!
Sign up now to play the zero gravity FPS in the final week of the closed beta.
Futuremark® Games Studio today announced that they are giving gamers one last chance to join the closed beta for Shattered Horizon™, their multiplayer first-person shooter played in zero gravity. PC gamers who register before Monday 5th October will be invited to play in the final week of beta. Sign up now at the official website. http://www.shatteredhorizon.com
Shattered Horizon sees players fight in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident that throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space. In zero gravity players have complete freedom of movement and can use new combat tactics that cannot be found in other games.
The beta is open to PC gamers from North America and Europe aged 18 and over. The minimum hardware requirements are Windows Vista or Windows 7, DirectX 10 graphics card, dual core processor, Steam account and a broadband Internet connection.
Last chance to join the Shattered Horizon beta, sign up now: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com
NCsoft®, the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), today released, Aion®, its highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game in retailers across Europe. The entertainment phenomenon that has taken Asia by storm and has wowed hundreds of thousands of beta testers in Europe and North America has finally arrived.
Having sold out of its Limited Collector’s Edition version and tallying more pre-orders than any other MMO game this year, Aion’s release marks the biggest MMO launch of the year and is already being touted as one of the must-have games for the coming Christmas period. Aion also released in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore this week.
In Aion, gamers explore a celestial world of breath-taking beauty and epic adventure. Players create either winged Elyos or Asmodian avatars, sworn enemy races that discover a common foe: the twisted and depraved Balaur. Aion is among the biggest MMO games in the East and has wowed millions of gamers with its breathtaking graphics, innovative gameplay and engrossing story.
“We’re extremely excited to finally deliver the game to Western audiences and believe they will enjoy Aion as much as Eastern players have,” said Jaeho Lee, CEO NCsoft West. “The effort we put into Westernising Aion is unprecedented in our industry. Players will experience a completely rewritten storyline spanning more than two-million words, along with a variety of enhancements specifically for Western audiences.”
Consumer excitement for Aion has been steadily building in the recent months leading up to the game’s launch. Aion’s preorder sales have exceeded expectations, and the game has remained ranked among the top games on both Steam and Direct to Drive throughout the preorder period. Having sold nearly 450,000 copies before launch, Aion has established the benchmark as the biggest MMO release of the year. Aion is available at key retailers across Europe, please visit the official ‘Where to Buy’ page for a complete list at www.aiononline.com/retail/.
Unlike any MMO before it, Aion is a uniquely crafted online experience where flight offers much more than just a way to explore the landscape – it is a strategic and integral part of combat, quests, and exploration. Players will dive into battle and plunge through thousands of unique, story-driven quests, all while trying to save a world literally shattered in half from centuries of brutal conflict. Using one of the most flexible and in-depth character customisation systems ever featured in an MMO, players will be able to create genuinely distinct characters and explore a visually stunning world of ethereal beauty brimming with otherworldly inhabitants, mysterious enemies, and ancient secrets.
NGD Studios, the leading MMO developer and publisher in South America, has today brought forward big improvements in its flag ship product Regnum Online. NGD has also unveiled an aggressive road map for enhancements to come during the next quarter.
Regnum Online is the biggest massively multiplayer game developed in Latin America. With support from leading distributors and publishers around the world, Regnum Online is gaining momentum with thousands of new players signing up every day.
The September release features a number of enhancements that makes game play and in-game graphics improve dramatically. At the center is an overhaul of the combat system which is more realistic and gives each user better control for both duelling and massive realm battles.
In addition, new premium items are added such as new lucky boxes which allow users to upgrade their weapons or armour by purchasing in-game currency – Ximerin. Long awaited new ways to pay are also included where premium SMS is being be added for most major markets in the game.
“Regnum’s unique approach to player vs. player action is what makes our game so special. Three realms in constant war in an immersive continuous battlefield, where players can hunt in groups, attack fortresses or plan massive invasions into enemy territory with hundreds of users battling in the same place. It is an open ended experience where people have full control of the game world.” said Andrés Chilkowski, General Manager of NGD Studios.
“Considering the improvements we have made this year and the upcoming technology update in October, Regnum Online will become one of the best MMORPGs of its kind available for free!”, adds Chilkowski.
Players March Towards Level 130 with the Addition of Van Gogh’s Gallery
Ndoors Interactive announced that with their upcoming update, the level cap for their strategic MMORPG Atlantica Online will increase from 120 to 130. As players strive towards this goal, they’ll have a variety of new content at their fingertips, including a new mercenary class and two new dungeons to explore. Additionally, the game is receiving new equipment and an updated craft system. The universe of Atlantica Online continues to expand, upholding the game’s status as the best-reviewed free-to-play online game of the year.
Minstrel Paganini is the second of Atlantica Online’s three new mercenaries, following last month’s Hwarang. Paganini is the first mercenary who can use any type of instrument found in the game. She seeks to avenge her parents, who were cruelly murdered by gangsters, and reclaim their box of keepsakes. While she is a balanced offensive and defensive character, her ability to counter saw-type mercenaries makes her invaluable to the party.
Players who explore the new Vincent Van Gogh dungeon will enter living paintings based on the master artist’s work. While battling surreal monsters, players will discover the source of Van Gogh’s ultimate madness. As a reward for their conquest, the new set of Dragon God’s equipment will grant unique abilities. Experienced players can also seek out the Palace of Night dungeon with its three powerful rulers. Here, players must team up and use both strategy and courage to take down the sub-bosses and clear this challenging dungeon.
In addition to the new content, Atlantica Online will receive an increased magic level cap (70) and crafting level cap (120). A new Equipment Analysis System lets gamers multiply their crafting experience. Finally, Atlas Ore will be replacing Oriharukon Enhance Stones, which promises to do everything Oriharukon does and more!
For more information on Atlantica Online please visit: www.playatlantica.com/ao
Start your engines!
The PC demo of the highly-rated Need for Speed SHIFT is available for download at www.needforspeed.com.
Players will prove their racing prowess on the world-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and gorgeous city circuit of London River using one of four unlocked cars. Collect enough stars in the demo based on the player’s racing performance, and they’ll unlock the ultimate racing machine; the Pagani Zonda F.
Jump into the cockpit of one of these five cars and find out why Need for Speed SHIFT is the highest rated Need for Speed game in years.
• BMW M3 (E46)
• 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10
• 2006 Lotus Elise 111R
• 2008 Nissan GT-R
• 2006 Pagani Zonda F (unlockable)
A PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Need for Speed SHIFT demo is also scheduled to arrive in early October.
With a perfect score from GameSpy.com and G4TV.com, and 90+ scores from IGN.com, Official Xbox Magazine, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, Team Xbox.com, Game Daily.com, Gametrailers.com and more, Need for Speed SHIFT redefines the racing genre by combining real world physics with perception based G-forces. The game introduces a brutal first-person crash dynamic that creates an unparalleled immersive experience. The signature cockpit view delivers a true driver’s experience. Need for Speed SHIFT further personalizes the experience through the all-new driver profile – a unique persona based on the driving skill and style of each player. Need for Speed SHIFT is the most realistic and intensive authentic racing game ever.
Need for Speed SHIFT is now available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PC, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and coming soon on the iPhone™. More information can be found at www.needforspeed.com
New Version of SteelSeries’ Best-Selling Siberia Headset Delivers Superior Sound Isolation, Comfort, and Design for Gamers and Audiophiles
SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, introduced the new SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset. As the successor to SteelSeries’ signature Siberia Headset which launched in 2004, the new Siberia v2 offers gamers and music enthusiast’s superior speaker and microphone technology that delivers impeccable sound quality, integrated control capabilities, and enhanced design for greater comfort and improved passive noise reduction.
The original SteelSeries Siberia Full-size Headset became a huge success in the professional gaming community and also extended its reach into the music world being used by professional musicians in several high-profile international music videos.
As an upgrade to the original Siberia, the v2 sports an “invisible” retractable microphone system that pulls out from the left ear-cup, allowing for a more convenient and travel-friendly headset especially for tournament players.
The Siberia v2’s increased 50mm speakers will amplify the bass and overall volume as well as improve the frequency response to 10-28,000 Hz. Optimized for professional gaming, where crisp detailed sound can mean the difference between winning or losing, the soundscape features crystal clear high, low, and mid-tones. Tournament players and gamers that battle with loud households will appreciate its new closed ear-cup design which features thick leather padded cushions built from sound dampening foam to increase outside noise isolation, especially important for first-person shooter (FPS) games when footsteps and grenade pin-drops are so important to hear.
“Every element of the Siberia v2 has been optimized for pro-gaming, making this headset a preferred piece of equipment for the world’s best competitive PC gamers,” said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. “What’s even more impressive is that the headset is multifunctional with its ability to deliver an unparalleled audio experience for music lovers and VOIP users.”
Key product specifications of the SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset include:
– 50mm speakers
– Impedance: 32 Ohm
– Frequency: 10-28,000 Hz
– SPL@1kHz: 112dB
– Cable: 1m + 2m extension
– Jacks: 2* 3.5mm
– Retractable microphone: 50-16,000 Hz, unidirectional
Along with the new thicker leather ear-cups for sound isolation, the Siberia v2 remains lightweight while its trademark headband suspension construction makes it extremely comfortable for use over long periods of time. The volume regulator, the cord and its base have also been upgraded. The primary cord is shorter in length for optimized use with portable gear and comes with an additional extra cord for use with stationary computers.
The Siberia v2 will be offered in two versions, with and without a USB soundcard. The virtual surround 7.1 soundcard offers a consistent sound experience, ensuring gamers the exact same sound and settings no matter where they are in the world or at what computer they are playing. With the easy to use software provided with the headset, the user can easily customize equalizer settings, profiles and other output settings.
SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset will be available all over the world in November 2009. Pricing will be announced at that time as well.
When much of the news these days is about layoffs or closures, it is nice to read about game companies that are actually expanding. Such is the case with Flying Lab Software, creators of the acclaimed MMORPG title Pirates of the Burning Sea™.
Flying Lab Software’s hiring drive is due in part to its work on Power & Prestige™, the first major expansion to Pirates of the Burning Sea™ that was announced at PAX 2009 and was awarded “Best New Feature” by ZAM in the site’s PAX 2009 awards. As well as working on the expansion, which is due for release in Q2 2010, the additional personnel will be continuing the tradition of releasing monthly bug-fix and feature patches.
Set against the backdrop of the New World of the 18th century, Pirates of the Burning Sea™ is an MMORPG featuring high-seas action and adventure in a bold world of pirates and plunder, where players can choose one of three nations — England, France or Spain — or choose the role of a Pirate and battle it out for glory and power. Power & Prestige™ expands upon the game’s already robust real-time Conquest system, allowing players to not only capture ports on behalf of their parent nations, but also to become a Port Governor with great economic and strategic influence. Player Governors can set tax rates and increase defensive capabilities in their towns, making those ports more valuable as traffic hubs or easier to defend against attack. Players will need to use all of the intrigue and cunning at their disposal to seize or keep hold of power.
Power & Prestige™ will be available free of charge to new and existing Pirates of the Burning Sea™ players.
“With all of the great gameplay we are adding with this expansion, we are looking for talented programmers and game designers to join our terrific team of smart, dedicated people, ” said Russell Williams, CEO of Flying Lab Software. “We have a lot of exciting work ahead on Pirates of the Burning Sea™, and we want to have the best people on the project.”
Job listings for Pirates of the Burning Sea™ and Flying Lab Software’s other projects can be found at flyinglab.com/index.php?page=jobs.
More details about the Power & Prestige expansion, including a full list of features, will be released in early 2010.
Pirates of the Burning Sea™ was developed by Flying Lab Software and published under SOE’s Platform Publishing Label. More information, download instructions and a 14-day trial for new players are available through the Pirates of the Burning Sea™ website www.burningsea.com.
Just in time for the world-famous German Oktoberfest, MapleStory Europe, the hugely successful, free to play MMORPG from NEXON Europe invites players to its annual virtual beer festival with (alcohol-free) beer-drinking monsters in tow.
From September 16th to October 7th, MapleStory Europe will be holding its own version of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest as part of its continuing series of fun and entertaining promotions based on popular European cultural events. Following a packed summer event and massive update schedule, MapleStory Europe players can now look forward to an Oktoberfest to remember, with a giant beer tent literally bursting with over-indulged monsters.
Further updates include the addition of a brand-new map, the “Ariant” which sets scene to a sandy desert area in the Orient and is host of the “Ariant Coliseum Quest” where players can challenge each other in player vs. player mode with the mission to capture monsters “alive” for luring rewards and fun.
“Monster Drop Box Event?encourages players to open the boxes dropped by monsters with a special key purchasable from the Cash Shop to obtain rare and powerful items, and new cool items and special promotions in the Cash shop are also part of today’s update.
“Our exclusive event quests based on major European cultural events have become popular tradition of MapleStory Europe, and we know from the past that the “German Festival” in particular is very well received by our players,”says Sung Jin Kim, Director at NEXON Europe. “The addition of a brand new map just one month after our recent major update, the Knights of Cygnus, is only a part of our packed release schedule. There are still many more great contents lined up for the coming months that our players have been waiting for and can look forward to.
MapleStory originally launched in South Korea in April 2003 and quickly went on to become one of the most successful online games of all time, with over 92 million registered accounts across the world. MapleStory Europe launched in May 2007 and counts more than 1.2 million registered players, offering gamers in Europe the chance to play MapleStory in four different languages – English, German, Spanish and Dutch.
For further information on MapleStory Europe and to sign-up for the game, please visit http://maplestory.nexoneu.com.