FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunnyvale, CA—December 21, 2009, Gala-Net, Inc., a leading free-to-play online game publisher, announced today their 4th Closed Beta Test (CBT) for Allods Online in the North American market. The 4th CBT will run from January 19, 2010 through February 3, 2010 and will feature brand new Astral space content unprecedented among MMORPGs.
In addition to the features that were available in the first three Closed Betas (Levels 1-30, Empire and League Factions, 28 classes, a tremendous variety of enemies, talent grids, and talent trees), Closed Beta #4 will feature levels 1-40. In these newly released levels, players can expect to see 7 new contested zones, new instances, new raids, and Goblinball. Furthermore, the highly anticipated Astral Ships will be released in this Closed Beta, and players will now be able to build their own ships and man them through space. While traveling through the Astral, players will be able to discover and explore new allods, engage in piracy on other unwary travelers, and battle massive astral demons.
The central focus of Closed Beta 4 is the Astral Ships, and the select few who have already experienced a behind the scenes look into this area of gameplay have nothing but praise for it:
“Astral Ships play a large part of the end game in Allods Online. Astrum Nival realizes that players want something more than simple dungeon raiding or loot lotteries; players want something new. From what I saw and was able to do with these ships, I'm fairly certain that this single game feature will pleasantly surprise many MMO gamers beyond what they could imagine -- especially in a free-to-play game. Are you ready for this?” – Shawn Schuster, Massively.com
Additionally, Gala-Net, Inc. has partnered with Razer for a giveaway during this Closed Beta period. Players who create their own Allods Online machinima video will be entered into a drawing for a Razer headset valued at $150.
Users can sign up for the 4th Closed Beta at http://allods.gpotato.com
About Allods Online
Allods Online is a revolutionary sci-fi fantasy MMORPG developed by Astrum Nival, creators of Heroes of Might & Magic V. With a $12 million development budget and four years of development, the production values are top-notch with full motion-capture animation, top award-wining artists, and a soundtrack by Mark Morgan, composer for the hit TV-series Dexter, Fallout & Fallout 2, and Planescape: Torment. The game features an unprecedented amount of content for a free-to-play MMORPG: 2 factions, 6 races, 8 archetypes, 28 classes, and over 1,500 quests. The premise of the game is two warring factions, League and Empire, vying for control of allods—islands floating in Astral space. The truly unique aspect of Allods Online is the Astral ship system. Players can create their own ships which can be crewed by multiple parties where each player has a distinct role, from navigator and helmsman to gunner and besieger. From there, players can explore randomly generated astral space where they can explore uncharted allods, fight massive Astral demons, and engage in Astral piracy on unwary fellow players.
Founded in 2004, Gala-Net, Inc. together with its European subsidiary, Gala Networks Europe, Gala-Net is a leader in the thriving free-to-play online games in the western market. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Gala-Net's diverse service portfolio includes Flyff, Rappelz, Tales Runner, Luna, Aika, and Allods Online. Through the gPotato Game Portal ( http://www.gpotato.com), gamers can play any of Gala-Net's games for free, as well as buy in-game currency and virtual items for any of its games.
About Astrum Nival
Astrum Nival is the leading developer and operator of free to play client-based online games in the Russian Federation and the CIS. Astrum Nival develops rich online worlds full of epic adventures, challenges and fun for international audiences. Allods Online™, the epic MMORPG continuation of the globally acclaimed Allods series (known internationally as Rage of Mages), developed by Astrum Nival has been recently launched in Russia and CIS. Astrum Nival is the exclusive operator in Russiaand CIS of Perfect World™, ZT Online, Granado Espada™, and Pirate King Online (branded locally as Piratia™). Founded in 2006, Astrum Nival is headquartered in Moscow, with development studios in Moscow and Voronezh, Russian Federation. Additional information is available at www.astrumnival.com.
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