Karlsruhe (Germany), August 5th 2009 - The time has come for millions of galactic emperors to rejoice: In "OGame - Next Generation" galactic colonization gets a fresh new look. With over 30 million fans around the globe, the world's most popular browser game now takes the game's graphics to a whole new level while adding a wide range of additional features to all of the newly-started universes at www.ogame.co.uk. The game's incredibly successful underlying principles, however, remain unchanged.
The creative team at online-gaming specialist Gameforge would like to thank their loyal players with this successful new update, which offers both veterans and newcomers alike even more long-term gaming fun and atmosphere. OGame's international success is synonymous with Karlsruhe-based company's unprecedented growth. Within just a few years Gameforge has grown from a small startup to become the world's largest independent supplier of browser and client-based Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) with more than 75 million players.
One of the most important modifications is the adjusted speed of colonization. This feature makes gaining levels much more challenging, which in turn means more long-term gaming fun.
A new level of research has also been added - Astrophysics. This has to be further developed with each new star colonized. Where Level 1 is needed for the first colony, the next colony requires two more levels before expansion can continue.
The storage capacity for the goods Metal, Crystal and Deuterium has been changed to give the supply buildings in the game more weight. Both tank and warehouse capacities now start at 10,000 units and grow with each new level attained. This means players will have to begin providing additional storage early in the game.
One of the major changes to OGame is the graphic overhaul, making it much more spectacular visually while simultaneously providing a clearer overview. In OGame technical development on the planet surface is displayed impressively in the header images, providing players with a clear picture of the progress on their own planet.
The introduction of the AJAX technology made a major technical improvement to the game itself. Here selected elements of the page are updated continuously without having to update all of the displayed content at the same time. This provides a palpable increase in speed in events revolving around the player's own planets.
The OGame success story started way back in 2002 and, thanks to one of the international online gaming scene's largest communities, continues to grow in popularity. The free browser game combines elements from economic simulations and real-time strategy games and is suitable for young and old alike. OGame lets the player assume the role of an intergalactic ruler. Their task is to expand their influence to encompass an ever-growing number of galaxies using different strategies, trade and military activities.
Like all Gameforge games, OGame can be played absolutely free of charge. Simply register at www.ogame.co.uk and start play immediately.
Gameforge is the largest independent global provider of browser and client-based MMOGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games). The company offers 15 games in 50+ languages. More than 75 million users have signed up for Gameforge games world-wide, and well over 17 million people are actively playing the MMOGs.
One of the most popular browser-based MMOGs from the Karlsruhe gaming experts is OGame. Besides, Gameforge offers other top titles in the rapidly growing online gaming market, such as Ikariam, Legend Online, WarpFire, Gladiatus, or BiteFight, and, with its extensive games portfolio, counts among the market-leading developers and publishers of browser games. The second strategic core business of the company is publishing client-based online games. These include Europe's largest MMOG, the oriental action game Metin2.
In December of 2003, Klaas Kersting and Alexander Rösner founded the games provider Gameforge. The company employs more than 270 people at its office in Karlsruhe, Germany. A renowned investor, Accel Partners, has had a stake in the company since August 2007.
In 2008, Gameforge won the 'Red Herring 100 Europe', the 'Entrepreneur of the Year 2008', and the 'Technology Fast 50 Rising Stars' awards. Moreover, Gameforge was voted a 'Technology Pioneer 2009' by the World Economic Forum. Gameforge won the 'International Business Awards 2009' in the category "Most Innovative Company of the Year in Europe". In 2009, Gameforge won the German Computer Game Award in the "Best Browser Game" category with Ikariam. The game was also a finalist in the category "Best New Product or Service of the Year" of the 'International Business Awards 2009'.
For more information about the company and the games, please visit www.gameforge.com
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