gPotato Europe reveals the background story of the first Allods Online expansion Volume 1: Revelations of Gipat

Dublin, Ireland– June 10th, 2010– Allods Online, the AAA MMORPG published by Gala Networks Europe, the leading free-to-play online games publisher, at www.gPotato.eu, is the fourth game in a series developed by Nival Interactive (now part of the Mail.Ru Gaming Division). With a history stretching back to 1998, and an in-game lore that spans thousands of years. Set on the shattered remains of the planet Sarnaut, players will have the chance to explore the Astral space, battle Astral demons and fight for domination of dozens of allods, islands floating in the Astral space.

In summer 2010 the first Allods Online expansion Volume 1: Revelations of Gipat will reach the European servers, bringing new content, mounts, quests, and a brand new allod, Gipat. Every character that attains level 40 will be able to teleport to this recently re-discovered allod and explore its ancient history.

“Three centuries ago, a young man named Zak awoke upon the June ruins of Gipat. He had no notion of who he was, or from whence he came; his only possessions were the clothes upon his back and a small, ritual dagger. He wandered, lost in this strange land when he came upon a village. Despite his own ignorance, the natives seemed to recognise him, calling him‘the chosen one’.

The village had been besieged from all sides. The villagers believed that Zak was preordained to end their plight, and whether or not their prophecy was true, he did manage to do just that. Despite Zak's victory, his personal quest to discover his identity remained largely unanswered. Once he was certain the village was safe, he set out to discover the truth of his past.

Zak’s journey led to several places where he met a variety of creatures; an Orc Witch, an Ancient Dragon, a camp of Xadaganians, a small, curmudgeonly old man, and finally the eccentric and unpredictable Great Mage, Tka-Rik, who cared little for the fate of Gipat.

Tka-Rik was obsessed with finding more of his kind and believed he was the last of the Junes, the most powerful race on Sarnaut. But recently he had discovered that there were two descendants yet remaining somewhere among the allods, and his greatest desire was to have them brought to him. Being the only Great Mage upon Gipat he was unable to leave, so Zak went in his place.

Zak was led to a beautiful woman, the first June descendant. They quickly fell in love, and she followed Zak on his quest. Taken into custody upon entering the next allod, Zak discovered an underground movement of freedom fighters who told him that the man Zak had been looking for had teleported to Gipat some time ago.

After escaping the prison and teleporting back to Tka-Rik, Zak discovered the truth. The June who had teleported to Gipat had been Zak himself! Using a powerful spell to disguise himself, Zak’s memory was erased by Gipat’s ancient magics upon arriving on the allod. Tka-Rik then revealed his true motivations: he had been searching for the last descendants of the Junes peoples, to enlist their help in the battle against the Curse of the Junes: the astral demons. Zak, now knowing his true heritage, donned the diamond armour of the Junes and took up his sword. The rest is the stuff of legends.”

Read the entire history of Gipat at http://en.forum.gpotato.eu/?CD=ALLODS_EN_F001&TC=0000000000&MD=VT&US=Y&AS=Y&;TNO=273738&LREFF and join the Allods Online community. Simply register your free gPotato.eu account, download the game at http://en.allods.gpotato.eu/Download/Client.aspx and discover the world of Sarnaut.

About Allods Online

Allods Online is a subscription-less, AAA MMORPG set in a fantasy space opera universe. Developed by Astrum Nival, the development studio owned by Mail.Ru and published across Europe in English, French, and German by gPotato.eu. Allods Online has just won the award of the Most Anticipated MMO in 2009, in the readers choice awards of MMOsite.com.

Allods Online features unique player-built and player-controlled astral battleships and the dynamic Astral space to explore, and creates a new standard of co-operative gameplay. Join one of the two factions at war and discover the deep storyline by choosing from one of the 28 classes available and six distinct races. Customise your character and pet with the rich creation system, and level up by completing over 1,500 quests at launch and confronting over 300 unique creatures. Explore and fight your way through dungeons, castles and temples as a group or raid. Allods Online also features Faction vs Faction, Player vs Player and Ship vs Ship combat mechanisms. Players can register and download this free MMO game at the official European website– http://allods.gpotato.eu.

About Gala Networks Europe Ltd.&gPotato.eu

Gala Networks Europe Ltd. is a leading European free-to-play online games publisher. It operates the gPotato brand in Europe by hosting, publishing and distributing free online games through the www.gPotato.eu portal. Established in Dublin, Ireland in 2006, it operates a portfolio of MMORPGs including Flyff, Rappelz, Street Gears, Dragonica, Allods Online, Castle of Heroes and Canaan Online. The gPotato.eu portal is now a major destination for online gamers with over four million users. An eighth game, currently going under the working title "Project 9" will be released during 2010. Further information on the company can be found at http://www.gala-net.eu.

About Mail.Ru

Mail.Ru is the foremost Russian Internet portal, serving the entertainment and communication needs of the global Russian-speaking community with a comprehensive array of more than 40 services including the largest Russian free e-mail service, instant messenger Mail.Ru Agent, national social network My Mir@Mail.Ru, and search engine Poisk@Mail.Ru. With over 50 percent market share and more than 40 titles to satisfy a full range of individual preferences, Mail.Ru is also the leading Russian online gaming publisher. Its portfolio includes internally developed hits like Allods Online and Legend: Legacy of the Dragons as well as successful international licenses such as Perfect World II, Lord of the Rings Online, Fly For Fun, Jade Dynasty (Zhu Xian), Cross Fire and ZhengTu Online. Additional information is available at www.mail.ru.

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