Karos Online : the Holy Creatures

Seoul, Korea–Friday, September 18th, 2009– Today, NHN, the leading multi-national internet and online gaming company, has revealed more information about the Holy Creatures in Karos Online, its upcoming free-to-play MMORPG.

The Holy Creatures, which serve as mounts in Karos Online, can be summoned from a special piece of armour worn on the shoulder that the characters may wear after obtaining them through a quest or purchasing them from an NPC vendor. Once worn, these armour pieces allow the players to summon magical beings called Holy Creatures to help them move faster in the game. The Holy Creatures come in different varieties, and the first ones to be presented today are the Wolf, a deadly long-fanged animal clad in shiny armour, and the Dragon, a mysterious reptile hovering above the ground. Several other Holy Creatures types will be revealed in the future.

Each initial Holy Creature type, made of Iron metal, can be upgraded twice through crafting to Holy and Gold levels. Each upgrade enhances the Holy Creature's speed and lets it transport its summoner at a quicker pace through the world of Asmara. The armour pieces look is different for each level, allowing all players to see each other's Holy Creatures even when not riding them.

NHN has confirmed that many changes are being made to their upcoming MMORPG Karos Online in response to feedback from European players. They expect the changes to be very well received, and more details will be revealed shortly. Beta signup is now open at www.karosgame.com, and dates for the next Closed Beta Weekend event will be confirmed soon. Players possessing an access code for any Closed Beta Weekend also have free access to future ones. Karos Online is scheduled to be released in English during Q4 2009, with versions in German and Turkish to follow later.

Karos Online - Stunning 3D Action Fantasy MMORPG

Karos Online ( http://www.karosgame.com) is a brand new free-to-play fantasy MMORPG developed by Galaxy Gate (lead developers of Laghaim and Last Chaos), to be published by NHN. An English release is scheduled for Q4 2009, with German and Turkish versions to follow.

In Karos Online, players take the role of a hero determined to defeat the curse of darkness falling over the world of Asmara and ascend to ultimate glory by becoming the mythical Karos warrior. Through questing, guild clashes and mass PvP, they enter the fight for domination over the world's vital energy source, Fletta. Fletta provides the basis for the game's unique and complex alternate progression system; alongside traditional leveling within the game, Fletta energy can be used to increase stats, give buffs, buy resources and enchant items.

With a strong RPG component, wide range of class skills and fantastic visual combat effects, Karos Online offers a rich player experience and an exciting end-game for guilds, including castle sieges and resource control points. There are a variety of dynamic dungeons to explore, with shifting paths and surprises to challenge players as they progress in level. The economy is well-developed, with mining, fishing and crafting elements, a consignment system for storage and an auction house.

Karos Online offers rare graphical quality for its small client size, has low minimum requirements, and will be accessible to a vast range of computers. Videos demonstrating graphics and gameplay are now available on the official website at www.karosgame.com, and more features will be revealed as the closed beta test continues.

Karos Online features

• Breathtaking 3D graphics and combat action effects

• 5 different races and 9 original classes, evolving into 36 different specialized classes

• Dynamic, evolving dungeons with shifting paths and surprises

• Guild wars, territory control and large-scale castle siege battles

• Alternate Fletta level progression system

• Elaborate mining, fishing and crafting system

• Small client size (760MB) and low minimum PC requirements

• Keyboard and mouse control both available

About NHN Corporation

NHN (KOSDAQKOSPI: 035420) was established in 1999 and is currently the leading multi-national internet company in Korea, providing operating internet search portal and gaming services in Korea, Japan and China. Its products include Naver, Korea’s largest search portal with more than 17 million unique daily visitors, and leading Korean portal Hangame, which brought KRW 366.7 billion (206 million€) in revenue in 2008, a 51% increase versus 2007. For more information, please visit http://www.nhn.com/en.

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