Berlin, 2/03/2011: Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, international publisher of massively multiplayer online games headquartered in Berlin, has secured the licensing rights to publish and operate another ambitious Fantasy MMORPG project in Europe. The licence agreement with Korean developer MAIET was signed in high spirits at the ongoing Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The promising title is currently slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2012, initially in English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, and Turkish language versions.
The online game, called ‘Raiderz’ in the original Korean version, is distinguished by an unconventional game concept, which is highly focused on action-oriented gameplay and giving the player a lot of freedom. In the atmospheric game world, online explorers encounter all kinds of impressive creatures. While completing hundreds of quests, players investigate the secrets of the enemy intrusion into the peaceful world of man and join large groups of allies in large-scale campaigns against formidable monsters (so-called ‘raids’). With its highly dynamic controls, requiring manual targeting and active evasion of their opponent’s attacks, MAIET’s online game allows players to dive right into the heat of battle.
Like Frogster’s exceedingly successful title ‘Runes of Magic’, this project’s business model is also based on an item shop in which Frogster will offer players a selection of virtual items and services. Access to the software client and to the game will be for free (free-to-play). As with ‘Runes of Magic’, Frogster will carefully adapt the game to the demands of the western market.
“I am very happy about the faith MAIET is putting in Frogster. With this title, Frogster will once again raise the bar for free-to-play MMOGs. In the coming months, we will work closely with the developers in order to best attune the licence to the wants and needs of the European community”, commented Andreas Weidenhaupt, member of the executive board and Chief Licensing Officer of Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, on the acquisition of the licence.
Joong Pil ‘Venister’ Cho, CEO and Producer of MAIET, emphasised the Korean studio’s high quality standards: „I am very pleased to enter the European market with Frogster. We expect that their experience thus far will be the foundation for the success in the European service of our first game in Europe. We will put our best effort that it will be a great experience for European Gamers.“
MAIET entertainment is an Korean independent game development company since 1999, and uses in-house technology to produce fun and great games. The representative title “GunZ the Duel” has been played by more than 20 million users over the world. Currently MAIET is working on the MMORPG title “RaiderZ” and the sequel of the action shooting game “GunZ the Second Duel”.
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The Frogster group is a Berlin-based, listed publisher of online games. Frogster focuses on the marketing and operation of virtual worlds, so-called massively multiplayer online games – one of the strongest growing sectors in the entertainment industry. With its top titles ‘Runes of Magic’ and ‘Bounty Bay Online’ Frogster has already gathered over 5 million registered players worldwide. For a release in 2011 Frogster has just recently announced the two highly ambitious MMO games ‘TERA’ and ‘Mythos’. Frogster also intends to enter into the rapidly growing market of browser games with ‘Bounty Bay Live’ and ‘Throne of Fire’ shortly. Currently the Frogster group employs more than 200 staff members in the fields of game development, licensing, IT, web design and web development, product management, marketing, PR, web publishing, community management, support, sales, hosting, billing and finance/administration. Frogster’s subsidiaries Frogster Online Gaming, Frogster America and Frogster Pacific market and operate their games in Europe, America and Oceania respectively. The shares of the Frogster Interactive Pictures AG have been listed in the Entry Standard segment of the Frankfurt stock exchange since February 2006. Internet: www.frogster.de
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