Frankfurt (Germany) / Moscow (Russia) , December 16, 2011— Mail.Ru Group Limited (LSE: MAIL), the largest internet company in Eastern Europe and the leader of the Russian online gaming market, and Crytek GmbH (“Crytek”), one of the world’s leading independent development studios for interactive entertainment, announced today that they signed a publishing deal for Warface. The free-to-play first-person shooter (FPS) is based on Crytek’s award winning game development solution CryENGINE ®3 and will be released and operated by Mail.Ru Group in Russia and the CIS countries.
Vladimir Nikolsky, VP Games at Mail.Ru Group, said: "We are really pleased to bring our audience Warface, one of the most anticipated AAA online FPS. With the cutting edge-technology and one of the best developing teams behind, the title is going to be a revolutionary experience for our players and instant success for our company.”
“With Mail.Ru Group we have found a perfect partner for publishing Warface in Russia and we are looking forward to releasing Crytek’s newest IP together. Given Mail.Ru Group’s incredible experience and expertise we are convinced that Warface will raise the quality bar and set the standard for the next generation of massively multiplayer online shooters”, said Avni Yerli, Managing Director of Crytek GmbH.
Crytek’s first free-to-play game Warface combines high production values with stunning visuals and an intense gameplay experience known from conventional retail products. The military shooter is set in a near future setting and key features include:
- Cooperative game play in Player vs. Environment (PvE) missions with a challenging state-of-the art artificial intelligence and massive boss fights.
- Competitive and fast paced Player vs. Player (PvP) action.
- High level of team play in both PvE and PvP, four different player classes, cooperative special moves.
- Real-time weapon customization for adaptive changes in play style.
- Frequent content updates.
Mail.Ru Group ( http://corp.mail.ru) is the largest Internet company in the Russian-speaking world and the leading Internet company in Russia, based on global monthly unique users. Mail.ru operates Russia's leading e-mail service Mail@Mail.Ru and the two largest IM networks in Russia – Mail.Ru Agent and ICQ. Mail.Ru operates two of the three largest Russian-language online social networking sites – My World@Mail.Ru and Odnoklassniki.ru – and owns a strategic minority equity stake in the social network Vkontakte. In addition, Mail.Ru Group is developing popular e-commerce projects, enabling users to buy goods and services over the Internet and pay with e-money. More than 40 thematic vertical sites, targeting various user categories, are leaders in their segments. Its media projects provide people with a wealth of information on a broad range of popular topics. Mail.Ru Group is also Russia's largest online games company. The company’s portfolio of online games includes 40 MMO games and more than 47 games for social networking sites.
Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is one of the world’s leading independent development studios for interactive entertainment. It is based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and has additional studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea) and Nottingham (UK). Crytek is dedicated to creating exceptionally high-quality video games for next-generation consoles and PC, powered by their proprietary cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CryENGINE®.
Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has created the multi-award winning PC titles Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards) and Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010). For more information, please visit www.crytek.com.
Crytek, Crysis and CryENGINE are registered trademarks or trademarks of Crytek GmbH in the USA, Germany and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
For more information about Warface please visit www.warface.com.