Frogster introduces‘public encounters’ into Runes of Magic

Berlin, 23.04.2009: Frogster today announced that it has expanded the world of Runes of Magic , the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is redefining the standard of free-to-play titles, with a brand new public encounter feature that introduces dynamic combat where players can fight it out with increasingly more powerful waves of computer controlled attackers. Public encounters have now been activated on the live servers, giving players new ways to play the rapidly growing free-to-play online game.

Public encounters consist of three phases and takes place around the Sergarth Outpost, which has long been afflicted by the Cyclops and their minions. Their leader is battlewolf Axis and it’s he who personally commands these attacks. The supreme goal of all players in this area is to defend the outpost against three waves of attackers and to hunt down the leader of the pack.

Players have to defend against opponents who grow more powerful over two phases, until the third phase when the commander himself steps on to the battlefield. The allied garrison troops all cry out at the sight of Axis. Only by standing together and with their powers united will the participating heroes be able to overcome the fearsome leader and his host. He enters the battlefield for exactly ten minutes. If he is defeated within this time period, the leader will leave behind him some highly valuable rewards in farewell to this public encounter. If the players fail, he will also leave. Following a half-hour pause for rest, the first phase begins again. With this type of scenario, any player can jump in and take part in the encounter.

The Attack on the Sergarth Outpost marks the first time this new feature appears in Runes of Magic and further scenarios are currently in development.“We can well envisage introducing the top villain Demon Lord or one of his vassals in a public encounter in a new zone”, commented developer Tony Tang while discussing the implementation of the new feature.

Runes of Magic– a world full of wizardry and adventure

Runes of Magic was commercially released on 19th March 2009. All interested fantasy fans can continue to download the online role playing game for free at www.runesofmagic.com and can plunge into the game world after a short registration process.

With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free to play massively online role playing games. Runes of Magic conveys an absorbing story through more than 1.600 quests embedded in an atmospheric fantasy world. Players can choose between six main classes and combined with a secondary class they present 30 individual combinations of character classes over all. All characters possess unique skills with impressive combo attacks and can use mounts like war horses and more. A particularly attractive feature for guilds and players is the possibility to arrange their own virtual homes with individual furnishing. Thanks to an extensive crafting and reputation system, thrilling PvP, as well as demanding dungeons and boss-monsters, no wishes remain unsatisfied. The Taiwanese developer Runewaker has developed Runes of Magic according to western MMO standards within a time frame of three years. The studio will provide new challenges for players every four to five months with free add-ons and updates. MMO fans can find more information, pictures and videos on the official website www.runesofmagic.com.

Features

- Free to play: no monthly fees, free download

- Extensive dual class system (six primary and secondary classes)

- Versatile spell- and attack-combinations

- Enthralling background story

- More than 1.600 quests and quest series

- No zone boundaries thanks to seamless architecture

- Dungeons: Instanced and tile based aswell as persistent

- Individually developable skills and spells

- Armour sets with special bonuses

- Dynamic item system with hundreds of runes for upgrading

- Optional PvP system with arena battles

- Ranking system with player-ranking lists

- Multitude of unique mounts

- Epic crafting system with the chance to improve existing items

- Personalization of player houses through individual furnishing

- Reputation system

- Customisable user interface with the option to use Add-Ons

- Map and radar system to find dealers, resources and quests easily

- In-game auction houses for trading items

- Teleport-Runes for instant travel

- Mouse and keyboard controls for movement

- Regular updates with new content

- Guild castles in special zones

- Cross-server fights in three-server-battle and guild wars in development

Facts

Titel: Runes of Magic

Genre: Fantasy-MMORPG

Platform: Windows-PC

Publisher: Frogster Online Gaming

Developer: Runewaker Entertainment Ltd.

Release: 19 March 2009

PEGI: 12+

About Runewaker Entertainment Ltd.

Runewaker Entertainment was founded in August of 2004, with the headquarters located in Taichung, Taiwan. The founding members are all very experienced in the field and decided to come together to pursue their own dream. Currently Runewaker employs over 40 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 that rivals some of the best that is available out on the market. Their first product, Radiant Arcana (Runes of Magic), is already completed and currently in Open Beta Phase in China. Runewaker is currently producing more content for Runes of Magic. Webpage: http://www.runewaker.com

About Frogster Interactive Pictures AG

As a holding with different shares in the computergames industry, the listed Frogster Interactive Pictures AG based in Berlin is focusing on the growth sector of massively multiplayer online games. The company licenses, markets and operates different online games in the German speaking market and internationally. Its Korean joint venture Frogster Asia Co., Ltd. based in Seoul develops MMO Games and markets their own as well as licensed virtual worlds in Asia. Frogster America Inc. based in San Francisco, USA, markets and operates MMO Games in North America in 2009. At their offices in Berlin, Seoul and San Francisco, the Frogster group employs more than 80 staff members in the fields of development, marketing, PR, web design, web development, community management, customer support, hosting, billing and administration. Internet: www.frogster-interactive.de

Media Contact

Frogster Interactive Pictures AG

Philipp Senkbeil

PR Manager

Hardenbergstr. 9A

D-10623 Berlin

Germany

Phone +49 (0) 30 - 28 47 01 -39

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

E-Mail psenkbeil@frogster-ip.de


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