FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunnyvale, CA—November 24th, 2009 Gala-Net, Inc., a leading free-to-play online game publisher, announced today their second Closed Beta Test (CBT) for Allods Online in the North American market. The second CBT will run from December 1st through December 15th and will enhance the user experience with brand new content.
While still allowing players to play both League and Empire factions, all 28 classes, Closed Beta #2 will also feature six new zones: two new zones for the League, three new zones for the Empire, and an exclusive zone only available to the Warden archetype. The second CBT will also include a new diverse set of enemies (Massive Drakes, Harpies, Scorpions, and Arctic Yetis), comprehensive character customization through unique talent grids and talent trees, and an increased level cap to Level 20. The saga between the warring factions of the League and Empire continues to grow as players immerse themselves through the 300 new story-driven quests revealed in Closed Beta #2.
The first CBTrelease was met with universal praise and generated tremendous feedback from the gaming community:
“The art style of a game, no matter what some people might say, is a big deal in any first impression. Well, consider me impressed because I was blown away by the graphics in this game. I've always felt‘stylized’ graphics were a good idea, to help with the longevity, but it works especially well in Allods because it's combined with some realism…I mean, we're talking about award-winning artists here, and I can honestly say that I haven't seen art in an MMO that has stopped me in my tracks this many times since Guild Wars.”– Shawn Schuster, Editor, Massively.com
Users can sign up for the 2nd Closed Beta at http://allods.gpotato.com
About Allods Online
Allods Online is a revolutionary sci-fi fantasy MMORPG developed by Astrum Nival, creators of Heroes of Might&Magic V. With a $12 million development budget and four years of development, the production values are top-notch with full motion-capture animation, top award-wining artists, and a soundtrack by Mark Morgan, composer for the hit TV-series Dexter, Fallout&Fallout 2, and Planescape: Torment. The game features an unprecedented amount of content for a free-to-play MMORPG: 2 factions, 6 races, 8 archetypes, 28 classes, and over 1,500 quests. The premise of the game is two warring factions, League and Empire, vying for control of allods—islands floating in Astral space. The truly unique aspect of Allods Online is the Astral ship system. Players can create their own ships which can be crewed by multiple parties where each player has a distinct role, from navigator and helmsman to gunner and besieger. From there, players can explore randomly generated astral space where they can explore uncharted allods, fight massive Astral demons, and engage in Astral piracy on unwary fellow players.
Founded in 2004, Gala-Net, Inc. together with its European subsidiary, Gala Networks Europe, Gala-Net is a leader in the thriving free-to-play online games in the western market. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Gala-Net's diverse service portfolio includes Flyff, Rappelz, Tales Runner, Luna, Aika, and Allods Online. Through the gPotato Game Portal ( http://www.gpotato.com), gamers can play any of Gala-Net's games for free, as well as buy in-gamecurrency and virtual items for any of its games.
About Astrum Nival
Astrum Nival is the leading developer and operator of free to play client-based online games in the Russian Federation and the CIS. Astrum Nival develops rich online worlds full of epic adventures, challenges and fun for international audiences. Allods Online™, the epic MMORPG continuation of the globally acclaimed Allods series (known internationally as Rage of Mages), developed by Astrum Nival has been recently launched in Russia and CIS. Astrum Nival is the exclusive operator in Russiaand CIS of Perfect World™, ZT Online, Granado Espada™, and Pirate King Online (branded locally as Piratia™). Founded in 2006, Astrum Nival is headquartered in Moscow, with development studios in Moscow and Voronezh, Russian Federation. Additional information is available at www.astrumnival.com.
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