Build stronger ties in Runes of Magic

Berlin, 9th July 2010: In an Internet era where the number friends on your Facebook accounts determines how popular you are, with its next update Runes of Magic will introduce a relationship system that allows two players to commit into a partnership. Depending on the relationship, players will then be rewarded with special in-game bonuses.

Lovers are at the centre of this new feature: players can now get engaged by sending a Love Letter, and finally even marry one another. Frogster will provide the two lovebirds, whether they are straight, gay or lesbian, all the necessary decorum for such an important event. The union of marriage can then be celebrated in a romantic new wedding chapel, where they are going to walk down the aisle in one of two new wedding suits and exchange rings in front of all their friends and guild members.

Besides love and married couples, update 3.0.3 will implement several other types of relationships, including Family or Friendship. Two players can declare themselves family members or best friends simply by exchanging a special object that can be bought in Varanas, the capital city of Runes of Magic . A character can then link up to 20 other avatars through these relationships with, of course, just one marriage.

Relationships grant players bonuses when they are together in a group which can for instance raise one of their statistics or the chance to get a rare object when defeating monsters. In addition, characters bound together will be granted a special bonus when their counterpart’s health drops under a certain level. Family members will respectively see the damage they inflict increased, when two Friends will see a part of their health restored. These bonuses get more and more efficient as the link between the two characters becomes deeper, as defeating foes together grants them relationship points and help them to go through the ten different levels of this system.

Obviously, and as sadly as in real life, all links between characters can be ended very simply just by removing them in the Friends interface of the game. To find out more details about this new relationship system, please pay a visit to the official web site of Runes of Magic : www.runesofmagic.com.

Update– New Pet system

In order to help players to get familiar with the new pet system introduced with patch 3.0.2, Frogster has just published a tutorial video explaining all the secrets of this new feature. They are available at this address:

http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/videotutorials.html

Runes of Magic – A world full of magic and adventure

‘Runes of Magic’ has redefined the standard for free-to-play MMORPGs with its wide range of features. The online role-play game is based on an exciting, multi-layered story, driven by more than 2,700 quests set in the atmospheric fantasy world of Taborea which spreads over two continents. Players choose one of eight classes which they can combine with a secondary class. Each class combination has individually assigned elite skills. ‘Runes of Magic’ offers two races to choose between, the elves and the humans, which can be customized using the wide selection of available physical characteristics. A large range of furniture and other functional items lets players furnish and customise their own virtual homes. In guilds, groups of players can construct their own guild castles which may then be expanded with additional buildings and powerful siege engines allowing them to go head-to-head in absorbing guild wars. Thanks to comprehensive crafting and ranking systems, gripping player vs. player features such as arenas and open battlefields, flexible and extensive customization of the user interface, a selection of demanding dungeons and many other features ‘Runes of Magic’ has something for everyone. So far Runes of Magic has attracted over 3.5 million registered users making it one of the most popular and successful free-to-play MMORPGs on the market.

Runes of Magic Features

    <*>Dual class system with eight classes and unique elite skills <*>Individual furnishing of player housing and guild castles <*>Gripping player-versus-player duels in arenas and on the battlefield <*>Guilds can set themselves against each other in formidable guild wars <*>In-depth story experienced through above 2,700 quests laced with epic quest-lines <*>Easy travel using portals and a wide range of mounts <*>Challenging boss-combat in dangerous and extensive dungeons with up to 36 players <*>Dual difficulty levels in the most challenging dungeons <*>Entertaining mini-games for single players and guilds alike <*>Dynamic crafting and customization of items <*>Versatile role play elements including a marriage system <*>Regular comprehensive free updates with new game content

Facts

Title: Runes of Magic

Genre: Fantasy MMORPG

Platform: Windows PC

Publisher: Frogster Online Gaming GmbH

Developer: Runewaker

Entertainment Ltd.

Release:

19.03.2009“Chapter I– Rise of the Demon Lord”

15.09.2009“Chapter II– The Elven Prophecy”

18.05.2010“Chapter III– The Elder Kingdoms”

USK: From 12 years PEGI: 12+

About Runewaker Entertainment Ltd.

Runewaker Entertainment was founded in August of 2004, with headquarters located in Taichung, Taiwan. The founding members were all very experienced in the field and decided to come together to pursue their dream. Currently Runewaker employs over 100 highly skilled programmers, designers and artists and is constantly expanding. Runewaker specializes in making massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). The company has built their own engine from scratch which rivals some of the best available on the market. Runewaker is constantly producing more content for Runes of Magic. Internet: www.runewaker.com

Frogster– We take you to a new world!

The Berlin based Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, listed on the stock exchange, has focused on the growth sector of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) at an early stage already. The company licenses, markets and operates its virtual worlds for millions of players in Europe, Asia and North America. In Europe its subsidiary Frogster Online Gaming GmbH is taking care of the operating business of the Frogster group. The Korean joint venture Frogster Asia Co. Ltd. based in Seoul develops new MMO games with an internal team and markets virtual worlds in Asia. Frogster America Inc. based in San Francisco, USA, markets and operates MMO games in North America. At their offices in Berlin, Seoul and San Francisco, the Frogster group employs more than 200 staff members in the fields of game development, licensing, IT, web design and web development, product management, marketing, PR, web publishing, community management, customer support, hosting, sales, billing and finance/administration. In the year 2008, Frogster won the“Landmark in the Land of Ideas”, a competition under the patronage of the German President. Additional information is available at: www.frogster.de

Media Contact

Europe:

Philipp Senkbeil

Frogster Online Gaming GmbH

Hardenbergstr. 9A• 10623 Berlin• Germany

Tel +49 (0)30-28 47 01 42

Fax +49 (0)30-28 47 01 11

Mail psenkbeil@frogster.de

Web www.frogster-online.com

North America:

Frogster America

Bryan Davies

Bryan.davies@frogster-america.com


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