NAMCO BANDAI PARTNERS ENTERS INTO DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH CCP FOR‘EVE ONLINE®: COMMISSIONED OFFICER EDITION’

LYON, France– 11 th November 2010– CCP, one of the world’s leading independent game developers, and NAMCO BANDAI Partners S.A.S. today announced an agreement for the UK and German distribution of a new retail edition of the award-winning science fiction masterpiece EVE Online. Distributed by NAMCO BANDAI Partners, the updated retail pack of the popular sci-fi MMORPG is entitled EVE Online®: Commissioned Officer Edition and is coming this December with unrivalled new player support.

This latest boxed edition will include an exclusive in-game item, the Cerebral Accelerator, which is a military-grade implant that significantly increases a new pilot’s skill development. While they give a powerful boost to nearly all abilities, these bonuses are only effective for the first 30 days of a pilot’s life as they get up to speed in the universe.

The Commissioned Officer Edition also includes a CD key for starting a new account, 30 days paid game subscription time and an EVE poster with helpful hints and tips on the reverse side for getting started. This edition can be used to start a new account or to convert a free trial or buddy program trial account into a full account with the access and benefits afforded to all EVE subscribers. The Cerebral Accelerator will be delivered to the first character created on the account and cannot be acquired through any other source.

“The Commissioned Officer Edition is the best way for a new player to get a running start in the highly competitive environment of EVE Online” says Senior Producer Arnar Gylfason.

“We are very glad to be teaming up with CCP to offer this updated EVE Online experience to British and German players who have not yet experienced this great game, as well as to existing fans of the series,” said Olivier Comte, Vice President Marketing, Sales and Publishing at NAMCO BANDAI Partners.

EVE Online®: Commissioned Officer Edition can be pre-ordered at selected game retailers in the UK and in Germany. This edition, the finest ever for any new EVE pilot just getting started, will not be available via digital distribution.

Media Contact: Ned Coker, CCP Public Relations, nedcoker@ccpgames.com

                        Peter Olivier, NBP UK PR Manager; poliver@namcobandaipartners.com

                        Michael Röder, NBP Germany, PR Manager mroeder@namcobandaipartners.com

About CCP Games

CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1997, CCP's international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta, Shanghai and Newcastle as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the company's website, www.ccpgames.com.

About EVE Online

Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. With over 340,000 subscribers worldwide inhabiting the same virtual universe, EVE features a vast player-run economy where your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. EVE offers professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE. Learn more at www.eveonline.com.

Definition of Subscribers

EVE Online subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active electronic time code (ETC) to play EVE Online, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions and expired ETCs.

About NAMCO BANDAI Partners

NAMCO BANDAI Partners, one of the video game industry's leading distribution, marketing and sales companies,  is a wholly owned subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe with 16 dedicated offices operating in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Australasia, and south east Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea).  The company distributes and markets a broad catalogue of high quality interactive entertainment products for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo gaming platforms and PC from NAMCO BANDAI Games, D3Publisher and other major video game publishers on an international and regional basis.  NAMCO BANDAI Partners is an independent business unit of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies.

For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Partners and its products visit www.namcobandaipartners.com.  For media assets visit www.namcobandaipartners-press.com.

Press Release© 2010 NAMCO BANDAI Partners S.A.S. 


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