There’s much more to be found beyond the horizon

Berlin, 26.11.2009: Frogster has successfully completed the launch of the biggest ever expansion for its seafaring online role play game Bounty Bay Online. With the new add-on‘Beyond the Horizon’ players can now take the route around Cape Horn and circumnavigate the whole of the historical seafarer world for the first time. The free expansion will take advanced players to the new continent of South America where the legendary Maya civilisation awaits discovery with its impressive stepped pyramids, demanding quest lines and a whole new instance. From the‘Magellan Supply Station’ in the south to the snow-covered 'Seward’ in the far north, six new cities and harbours in South and North America await traders, seafarers and adventurers. Just like its predecessors,‘Beyond the Horizon’ is available free of charge. The complete new version and the update are now available on the official website www.bountybayonline.com.

With the release of‘Beyond the Horizon’, Bounty Bay Online now boasts five unique character classes on offer. While players only practised professions and skills so far, they can now choose the life of a Treasure Hunter, Armed Businessman, Imperial Guardian, Military Officer or a Caribbean Pirate. Each of the classes is defined by its special abilities which can be expanded in a comprehensive skills tree. After conquering high level instances or gaining a victory in PvP, an individual powerful equipment set beckons to all character classes. With the new expansion, a beginner-friendly tutorial quest series guides players gently into the new class system and through all of the basic game functions. New graphical dialogue boxes, an interactive quest guide as well as a new window for PvP events and world announcements mean that playing gets considerably more user-friendly.

‘Beyond the Horizon’ supplements Bounty Bay Online further with an expanded active pet system. Four new companions in arms called Hell Wolf, Ice Fairy, Shadow Reaper and Wild Bull, not only feature previous values such as loyalty, health, experience or pet levels, but new additional attributes such as‘Damage Bonus’ and‘Critical Strike’. In the pet interface players can supply the four newcomers with special equipment or exclusive skills. Thanks to their own inventories, the new companions can also offer additional storage space for the main character.

The historical seafarer world is being further enriched with a new Merchant Alliance system. In‘Beyond the Horizon’ not just individual players, but also entire fleets or guilds can now join different alliances such as the Iberian or Netherlands Merchant Alliance. With special quest series for everyone of these, there are some quite exceptional rewards on offer. Further highlights of the add-on are a new tournament system, a new marriage system, a new land and a new sea combat arena, some expanded instances and over 40 new main quests. What’s more in‘Beyond the Horizon’, players can measure themselves in various new ranking systems, such as a guild ranking, a land combat ranking, a millionaires’ ranking, or a fisherman’s ranking.

A micro site http://bountybayonline.com/bth/en explains all new features of the expansion in detail.

The official website has a trailer ready and waiting:

http://www.bountybayonline.de/en/videos,id11,bbo_trailer_beyond_horizon.html

About Bounty Bay Online

With Bounty Bay Online players enter the Age of Discoveries from the 15th to the 17th century. MMO fans are able to choose an online career as a merchant, sailor, fisherman, pirate or adventurer and make their fortune at land and on the seven seas. Alone or with a guild of players, many adventures and gripping quests lie on their way. Thousands of ancient discoveries on all continents like the pyramids of Gizah or the Chinese Wall are waiting to be explored. After exciting PvP combat at land and on the seas, strong guilds can take control of cities and entire colonies and thus decide upon their destiny. Bounty Bay Online features a unique trade system based on supply and demand. In April 2008 Frogster has started a free-to-play server with an integrated item shop as an alternative to the subscription model, so that new sailors can now roam the Seven Seas without any fixed costs. More information is available on www.bountybayonline.com.

Features

• Hundreds of authentic ship models

• Land and sea combat

• More than 60 realistic towns and harbours in historical authentic style

• Guilds can conquer towns

• Trade system based on supply and demand

• Free Colony Add-on: Guilds can now found their own colonies and then decide upon the rules in their territories.

• The comprehensive expansion‘Beyond the Horizon’ allows a complete circumvention of the world for the first time and will contain new cities, one new continent, some new instances and many new quest.

Facts

• Launch of the German version in February of 2007

• Launch of the English version in September of 2007

• Launch of the French version in November of 2008

• Over 250.000 registered players in Europe

• Hundreds of active guilds

About Frogster

The Berlin based Frogster Interactive Pictures AG , listed on the stock exchange, has focused on the growth sector of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) at an early stage already. The company licenses, markets and operates its virtual worlds for thousands of players in Europe, Asia and North America. In Europe its subsidiary Frogster Online Gaming GmbH is taking care of the operative business of the Frogster group. The Korean joint venture Frogster Asia Co. Ltd. based in Seoul develops new MMO Games with an own team and markets virtual worlds in Asia. Frogster America Inc. based in San Francisco, USA, markets and operates MMO Games in North America. At their offices in Berlin, Seoul and San Francisco, the Frogster group employs more than 120 staff members in the fields of game development, licensing, IT, web design and web development, product management, marketing, PR, web publishing, community management, customer support, hosting, sales, billing and finance/administration. In June 2008, Frogster was awarded as“Landmark in the Land of Ideas”, a competition under the patronage of the German President Dr. Horst Köhler. Further information at: www.frogster.de

Contact

Frogster Interactive Pictures AG

Josephine Gehrke

Junior PR Manager

Hardenbergstraße 9A

D-10623 Berlin

T +49 (0) 30 - 28 47 01 46

F +49 (0) 30 - 28 47 01 11

E jgehrke@frogster.de


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