Hamburg, August 17, 2010– gamigo and Kalypso Media will begin a strategic partnership in the online games market with The Patrician Online. The browser-based game, which is planned for 2011, will be based on the well-known trading simulation series The Patrician. Thousands of players can experience the glory days of the Hanseatic League and build up their own trading empire. The focus of the game will be on trading goods between players and creating effective production chains.
Patrick Streppel, member of gamigo's executive board: "Our strategy of taking popular games brands and turning them into browser-based games to create a whole new gaming experience online will be continued with The Patrician Online. Kalypso Media is the ideal partner for us because our different strengths allow us to work well together."
Simon Hellwig, Global Managing Director of Kalypso Media: "This partnership is really a win-win situation for us. The Patrician Online will make our brand stronger while enriching the community greatly at the same time."
The Patrician Online is developed by Kalypso-owned studio Gaming Minds in cooperation with Funatics Software, who have already shown us how modern browser-based games can look and work with Cultures Online. The developers are building the game along the lines of The Patrician IV, which will be available in stores in the beginning of September. Included with the game will be a code that will give players access to the closed beta test of The Patrician Online.
Official Website: http://www.patrizieronline.com
About gamigo AG
gamigo AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Axel Springer AG, was founded in 2001 and has grown to become one of the leading publishers of free-to-play MMOGs in Europe. Since 2010, gamigo also publishes its games globally. A team of 100 employees works in the company headquarters in Hamburg and its satellite office in New York City. The key to success is the emphasis on publishing high-quality games supervised by first-rate community management. The portfolio includes games from all ends of the gaming spectrum - from Facebook games and browser-based games to elaborate MMORPGs.
About Kalypso Media
Kalypso Media was founded in summer 2006 by industry veterans Simon Hellwig and Stefan Marcinek. The company is specialized in the publishing of interactive media and has offices in Germany, England and the USA. Additionally, Kalypso Media owns the majority of two development studios: Realmforge Studios in Munich and Gaming Minds Studios in Guetersloh, Germany.