SAN DIEGO - Dec. 12, 2011 - Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is celebrating the winter season with jolly activities and festive events in several of its hit online titles, including DC Universe™ Online, EverQuest ® , EverQuest ® II, Free Realms ™, Pox Nora, Magic: The Gathering - Tactics™, and Star Wars ® : Clone Wars Adventures ™!
This month, holiday cheer will be found in select SOE games with a 12 Days event scheduled to run from Dec. 13-24, 2011, offering players daily in-game surprises including festive activities, special sales and new items.
SOE will also host a holiday charity drive to benefit Child's Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in a worldwide network of hospitals. The drive, which is scheduled to run now until Dec. 31, 2011, features select marketplace items for in-game purchase -- for each specific item purchased, SOE will donate $10 to Child's Play, supporting children throughout the holiday season.
Beyond 12 Days and Child's Play Charity, SOE spreads holiday cheer with additional virtual world events and activities:
DC Universe Online: On the heels of DCUO going Free-to-Play, this holiday season brings forth a villainous Larfleeze, who is angry that Santa Claus has not brought him any gifts for the winter holiday season. Outraged, he decides he wants everything from the holiday for himself and has stashed stolen holiday items throughout Gotham and Metropolis until he can send them off-world to his home planet. Players can support SOE's Child's Play Charity Drive by purchasing the Tall Top Hat; while it won't make you any better at rhyming, this tall top hat might just let loose your inner child. For detailed information, please visit: www.dcuniverseonline.com.
EverQuest: This year, Frostfell -- the light-hearted Norrathian holiday festival held in the season of Deepice -- will be celebrated in EverQuest from Dec. 14, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012. Santug Claugg has fallen in love with the strange alien creatures known as "braxi" and is determined to capture, tame and train them to pull his sleigh. As players embark on this year's holiday adventure to bring Santug his "braxi", they can support SOE's Child's Play Charity Drive by purchasing the Candy Cane Weapon Ornamentation, which will change the appearance of their weapon into a large candy cane. For detailed information, please visit: www.eqplayers.com.
EverQuest II: Frostfell will also return to EverQuest II. During this festive time, players will share food, exchange gifts, and celebrate friends and kinship. Support SOE's Child's Play Charity Drive by purchasing the "Child's Play Charity Pack," which contains both a house pet version of the Child's Play Cube, and a cosmetic pet spell for the same. This Norrathian version of a child's building block comes with two options: the house pet version is placed in a player's home and will randomly roll around the house, and the cosmetic pet version is a spell players cast which summons a cube that follows them out in the world. For detailed information, please visit: www.eq2players.com.
Free Realms: Snow Days are back for the third annual gleeful winter celebration in Free Realms. Players will catch the holiday fever when the enchanted Gifting Tree comes into bloom, bringing with it fun, simple quests in which players can collect presents and holiday-themed wearables and items. Players can also earn more rewards by participating in "Snowball Fighting" and the "Snowman Showdown" world event, both only available during winter holiday festivities. Also, to support SOE's Child's Play Charity Drive, players can purchase a festive unicorn donned in snowflakes. For detailed information, please visit: www.FreeRealms.com.
Magic: The Gathering - Tactics: This holiday season, surprises await players in Magic: The Gathering - Tactics. Players can get into the season of giving by supporting SOE's Child's Play Charity Drive and purchasing the Child's Play Pack, equipped with three Set 1 boosters and a new spell. For detailed information, please visit: www.magicthegatheringtactics.com.
Pox Nora: Players are encouraged to log in and see what holiday delight is waiting for them in Pox Nora. Additionally, players can support SOE's Child's Play Charity Drive by purchasing Heritage Packs I, II & III, which include legendaries like Centaur Savage and Boghopper Blackhand. For detailed information, please visit: http://poxnora.station.sony.com/index.do.
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures : Get into the holiday spirit with "Grievous Steals Life Day," a special stage of Republic Defender running now through January 13, 2012. With holiday-themed items for sale in the marketplace and festive decorations throughout the Jedi temple, clones are sure to catch the holiday fever this season. Support SOE's Child's Play Charity Drive by purchasing the R2-KT Astromech Droid™; this pink, purple, and white companion was designed to brighten your day, and also support a good cause! For detailed information, please visit: www.CloneWarsAdventures.com.
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About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games. Best known for its blockbuster hits and franchises, including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, PlanetSide®, Free Realms®, Clone Wars Adventures™, and DC Universe™ Online, SOE creates, develops and provides compelling online entertainment for a variety of platforms. SOE is building on its proven legacy and pioneering the future of online worlds through creative development and inspired gameplay design for audiences of all ages. To learn more, visit www.soe.com.
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About DC Universe Online
Lex Luthor has traveled back through time with news of a dire future: While the heroes and villains spent years battling amongst themselves, Brainiac has been feeding on their powers, building strength to return to Earth and destroy humanity. To change the future, Lex has come back to set off a device that bestows super powers to thousands of every-day citizens and give humanity a fighting chance. Can Brainiac be stopped, or is this another nefarious Lex Luthor plot?
For the first time, players and fans will be able to enter the DC Universe as an active force for good or evil. A massively multiplayer experience, DC Universe Online delivers unparalleled high-energy, physics-powered combat that brings the player's extraordinary powers to life.
DC Universe Online was created in the artistic vision of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee, and set within a world created by famous DC writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.
Rated T for Teen with Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Violence, DC Universe Online is available for PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. DCUO Legendary access will be available for a $14.99 monthly fee. For players of the PC version of the game, Legendary access to DCUO is included in the all-in-one SOE All Access subscription.
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DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.
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