FEEL THE BIG BANG AS CROSS PLATFORM SCI-FI MMO OUTER EMPIRES GOES LIVE

IPSWICH, UK, AUGUST 18, 2009: Online game developer Iron Will Studios launches the web browser-based version of its expansive new sci-fi massively multi-player online game, Outer Empires.

Set in a persistent galaxy with more than 20,000 star systems for players to explore, colonise and control, Outer Empires has completed its extensive beta testing phase.

“To paraphrase Douglas Adams, Outer Empires is big. Really big,” says lead designer Paul Hutson.“We’ve built one of the biggest sandbox environments in gaming history, and players are already flooding into the Outer Empires galaxy to begin building new lives as miners, traders, pirates, politicians, tyrants and all manner of other lifestyles this enormous game promises.”

Outer Empires blends together the MMO space-faring elements of games such as EVE Online, the classic space exploration game Elite, and the socio-political adventuring of Sins of a Solar Empire into a whole new universe of trade, economics, questing and war.

Playing directly within a web browser, no installation is required to begin forging a career in Outer Empires, allowing players to jump into the same game any time they’re near a PC.

“We want people to be able to play anywhere, anytime,” Hutson continues.“That’s why it was essential to make Outer Empires as accessible as possible, so they can play at home, at work, at the internet cafe and soon– thanks to the iPhone and iPod touch version– anywhere they want.”

The exact same game has been adapted to Apple’s prolific handheld platform and submitted for App Store approval, which will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to join the same persistent universe and play the same game as they would on a PC or Mac.

Outer Empires offers players the chance to not only discover and colonise new worlds at the far reaches of cyberspace, but to create and join factions (or guilds) to pool their resources, expand territories and even establish player-run governments in their own quadrant of the galaxy.

“Outer Empires is quite literally a brand new galaxy waiting for players to mould it into the experience they’re looking for,” Hutson concludes.“The only limits are the player’s imagination, and the amount of fuel their ship can carry!”

The Outer Empires MMO is completely free to play, but features a subscription fee (from as little as $3.18 per month), allowing them to access a far greater range of in-game vehicles, items and colonies.

Visit www.Outer-Empires.com to sign up and start playing Outer Empires right away.

FEATURES LIST:

    <*>Play directly within any web browser (Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari etc.) <*>Coming soon to iPhone and iPod Touch <*>Fly missions (transport, fighter, freight, exploration, bounty) <*>Set up colonies (Mining, Food Production, Manufacture, Development/Research) <*>Run/join factions (guilds) within the game. <*>Take control of and fight for systems (either themselves or as part of a faction). <*>Buy/Mod/Build/Sell ships using a number of variable items that can be created from the manufacture plants players set up. <*>Story arcs and player-led governments <*>Trade with other players and the system.

FOR MEDIA USE ONLY:

For more information, review code and to request interviews, contact lead designer Paul Hutson:

Email: press@ironwillstudios.com

Tel: (+44) 07739 171 593

ABOUT IRON WILL STUDIOS:

Iron Will Studios was established in November 2008 by game designer Paul Hutson, creator of the popular mobile MMO, KingdomGame. The company will be expanding its web browser and iPhone-based online game Outer Empires over the next few months while developing its next mobile MMO, which is already under way.

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