Berlin, 19.11.2009: Frogsterï¿½s success title, Runes of Magic, has officially launched in Korea. With the opening of the Item Shop, Frogster has today gone live with the commercial release of its fantasy title in the motherland of online games. In the course of an intensive beta phase, the subsidiary company Frogster Asia was able to enthral a good 100,000 Korean players with the fantasy game worldï¿½ with a strongly upward trend. The successful release marks the first time Frogster has carried a title over into commercial live operation in Asia and in doing so has completed its strategic entry into this important growth market, already planned since 2006.
Following the official release of Runes of Magic in Korea, Frogster is now, with North America, Europe and Asia, present on all three market relevant continents.ï¿½With an initial campaign that accompanied the beta phases in high profile Korean gaming media, we have just begun the roll-out of Runes of Magic. We are very confident that we can develop Runes of Magic into one of the strongest titles in the new generation of online-games in Koreaï¿½, offered Sunny Park, CEO of Frogster Asia, confident regarding the long-term success of Runes of Magic.
Together with the marketing of Runes of Magic in Asia, Frogster Asia is also working intensively on a redesign of the Chronicles of Spellborn at present. In Japan, the new version including an Item Shop has already started into a closed beta test. Frogster Asia plans to publish the free-to-play version in the first quarter 2010 in Korea with optimised game design and considerably re-worked game mechanics. Along with the marketing rights for Korea and Japan, Frogster also owns the Spellborn licenses for China, Taiwan, Singapore and further Asiatic markets.
Runes of Magic has already gathered well over 2 million registered players worldwide. On 15th September 2009 Frogster launched a French and Spanish version of the fantasy game world along with the launch of the German, English and US versions of 'Chapter II - The Elven Prophecy'. Shortly following on from this milestone, the Russian version of Runes of Magic went into commercial operation.
On Monday, Runes of Magic was nominated for the German Developer Award in the category 'Best International PC Game of 2009ï¿½. Those who are interested in games can still vote for their favourite within the public vote category at:
Runes of Magicï¿½ A world full of magic and adventure
Runes of Magic has redefined the standard for free-to-play MMORPGs in terms of gameplay, fun and quality. The online role play game carries an exciting, multi-layered story, driven by more than 2,300 quests set in the atmospheric fantasy world of Taborea. To date, Runes of Magic has attracted more than 2 million registered users, making it one of the most successful titles in the free-to-play segment, and a must play game for all fans of MMOs and RPGs.
Runes of Magic features a unique dual class system enabling players to combine one of eight primary classes with a secondary class. The result is a deep player experience that expands upon the gameï¿½s deep customization offering. There are two different playable races, Elves and Humans, from which players can choose. Each dual class combination produces its own powerful elite skills. Another popular feature is the opportunity to furnish your own completely individual virtual home, and guilds can construct guild castles, which can be expanded with additional buildings. Thanks to comprehensive crafting and reputation systems, gripping PvP features, deep customization and demanding dungeons, Runes of Magic has something for everyone. Taiwanese developer Runewaker regularly expands the game world with new free content and challenges. Further information on www.runesofmagic.com
About Frogster Interactive Pictures AG
The Frogster group is a Berlin-based listed publisher of online games. Frogster focuses on the marketing and operation of virtual worlds, so-called massively multiplayer online games (MMO Games). Thisis one of the strongest growing sectors in the entertainment industry. The Berlin-based Frogster Online Gaming GmbH markets and operates MMO Games in Europe (Frogster share 90%). It disposes of an own hardware infrastructure for MMO Games as well as an own billing system for subscriptions and virtual items. Under the umbrella of Frogster Online Gaming, OnlineWelten acts as one of the widest range German language MMO and gaming portals. Frogster Asia Co. Ltd. based in Seoul, Korea, develops MMO Games and has taken up the marketing and operation of virtual worlds in Asia (stake 63%). Frogster America Inc. based in San Francisco, USA, markets and operates MMO Games in North America (stake 90%). The Frogster group possesses some very promising MMO Game licenses, amongst othersï¿½The Chronicles of Spellbornï¿½,ï¿½Runes of Magicï¿½ and a secret project of the successful MMO Game developer Runewaker Entertainment. Currently the group employs more than 120 staff members. In 2008, Frogster was awarded asï¿½Landmark in the Land of Ideasï¿½, a competition under the patronage of the German President Dr. Horst Kï¿½hler. Internet: www.frogster.de
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