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Free-to-play MMO out now.

Blitz 1UP announces the release of Nice Technology’s free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy game Picaroon - now available worldwide on PC

1 March 2011 LEAMINGTON SPA, UK. Blitz 1UP, an initiative run by UK developer Blitz Games Studios, is excited to announce the launch of MMORTS Picaroon, developed by Nice Technology, for worldwide PC release.

“We’ve been hooked on playing Picaroon since it first landed in our inbox,” says Neil Holmes, Blitz 1UP Producer. “This game kicks all sorts of crazy ass and we’re incredibly excited to be helping the guys at Nice Technology unleash their game on new players the world over.”

Adds Paul Baker, Nice Technology’s General Manager: “We are a small independent team and are really pleased to be working with Blitz and benefiting from their experience, which would take us years to accumulate. On a personal level, the Blitz 1UP team have really been a great support to me. Moreover, given that GDC is upon us now, it’s really valuable to have Blitz represent Nice Technology in San Francisco while we can carry on with the tasks that we need to finish here in Cambridge to make Picaroon the best game it can be!”

Supporting up to 500 players at once Picaroon is a free-to-play persistent Real Time Strategy game set in a watery world of the future where empires hold on to the little land remaining by fighting vast sea battles.

Starting with one island, players gather resources to construct fleets and find new territories. Some islands are deserted, while others are occupied by pirates, allies or enemies. Choose tactically and expand the empire through diplomacy or all out war!

One game, three great ways to play: Skirmish games last hours, Classics weeks and Persistent games never end. Experience the finale of the End Game where the warlords provide super weapons for one final wave of intense battle.

Picaroon is presented in full 3D and runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Also available is a Starter Pack bundle that includes a high value set of in-game booster cards.

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About Blitz 1UP:

The Blitz 1UP initiative was launched in 2008 as an outlet for small, independent teams to bring their titles - finished and unfinished - to market on XBLA, PSN, PC, WiiWare, iPhone Flash and Mac. The scheme offers tailor-made packages to indie developers including PR, QA and access to its established distribution channels. The initiative provides a wide range of services, from design and production advice through to assistance with finding distribution and publishing partners.

About Blitz Games Studios:

Blitz Games Studios is based in Leamington Spa and was founded by industry veterans Philip and Andrew Oliver. It now has more than 220 staff and its six divisions encompass mature titles (Volatile Games), Serious Games (TruSim), family titles (Blitz Games), licensable middleware (BlitzTech), downloadable games (Blitz Arcade) and its education division (Blitz Academy).

About Nice Technology:

Nice Technology develops and self publishes multiplayer online games and virtual worlds using its proprietary game's engine, AliceServer. The development team's first game Time of Defiance was released to the public back in the summer of 2002. Since then Nice Technology has produced a children's game for the BBC based on a popular TV show called Tronji. The studio is currently working on Picaroon, its new RTS game.  

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