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Thursday 13 April 2006/... NCsoft® Europe announced today that Auto Assault® launched commercial service in both Europe and North America. Developed by Colorado-based developer, NetDevil®, LTD, Auto Assault is the first massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in a post-apocalyptic world featuring vehicle combat on an epic scale and fully destructable environments.
Auto Assault is available at retailers throughout Europe at a suggested retail price of £29.99 / 44.99. The jam-packed Collector's Edition, which includes a headset to utilise the game's voice chat system, will be available for a suggested retail price of £44.99 / 64.99. Both the Standard and Collector's Editions of the game include the first 30 days online game play after which players will be charged a monthly subscription fee of £8.99 / 12.99, with discounts available to long-term subscribers.
The release of Auto Assault represents both a continuation of NCsoft's efforts to provide gamers many compelling products to play online, and the beginning of another great service with free content updates and expansions in the years to come. Additionally, a veteran rewards program has been put in place for players who subscribe to Auto Assault within the first thirty days of service. A detailed description of the veteran rewards is available on the Auto Assault website.
"Auto Assault is like no other game out there," said Geoff Heath, CEO of NCsoft Europe. "Easy to pick up and play in short bursts but equally easy to lose yourself in for long periods of time, it offers a completely unique experience that brings together the fast-paced nature of action games with the sense of progression from traditional role-playing games."
"Compelling characters, tricked-out vehicles, crazy-fast combat and full-blown destruction make Auto Assault a blast," said Scott Brown, president of NetDevil, LTD. "This is the game we've wanted to play for years; it feels good to launch commercial service. Now the real work starts - today marks the beginning of our ideas for the product and we look forward to rolling out new content for players to enjoy."
In Auto Assault, players choose from three races and venture into a post-apocalyptic Earth wreaking havoc and vying for control over the few resources left. Players can design their characters and customise many different vehicle chassis to make their own unique fleet of death machines. Players may go on missions with others or on their own, craft unique items, and participate in player-versus-player combat via the arena system and contested outpost battles. No matter what they are doing, players are encouraged to interact with the game world by blasting through buildings, leveling towns and destroying just about everything they see.
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About NCsoft Europe
NCsoft Europe (NC-E) is headquartered in Brighton, England and is part of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online games. NCsoft has already successfully established itself in North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. NC-E began operations on 1st September 2004 and serves as a central hub for all NCsoft sales, marketing and distribution operations in Europe, via its European distribution network. NC-E currently services Auto AssaultTM, Lineage® II, City of HeroesTM, City of VillainsTM , and Guild Wars® in Europe, with Guild Wars FactionsTM scheduled for 28th April 2006. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://www.plaync.com.
About NetDevil, LTD
NetDevil was founded in 1997 under the inspiration of JumpgateTM, the world's first massively multiplayer space simulator universe. NetDevil is an independent game development company dedicated to the construction of massively multiplayer universes. NetDevil is committed to creating immersive, interactive virtual worlds in unique settings outside the typical fantasy genre. For more information, please visit http://www.netdevil.com.
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