Las Vegas, NV - January 5, 2005 - The music industry, entertainment industry and the video game industry are seeing a dynamic synergy taking place between their music artists and some of the hottest video games on the market. Musicians such as Snoop Dogg, Green Day, Black Eyed Peas, Guns and Roses, Blink 182, and Outkast are showing up on video game soundtracks. "Music has been a key element in defining the mood, texture and style of the video games. Keying in on this trend, many musicians and celebrities have sought to attach their celebrity to these hot video game titles" says Kevin Donovan, President of Planetwide Games.
Planetwide Games(http://www.PlanetwideGames.com) is taking the Video Game and Interactive Entertainment industry one step further with its Next Generation MMORPG "RYL- Risk Your Life" (http://www.RYL.net ). The Company has a patent pending process, which enables the digital download of music and content into real time online video game play for added entertainment value and purchase. Planetwide Games will feature this innovative technology with a line-up of popular musical artists, supermodels, and celebrities.
Planetwide Games in association with Sovage Camp is pleased to announce the release of the first Single and Music Video "Caught in the Rapture" by WON-G and Giselle and starring Paris Hilton from the upcoming MMORPG "RYL - Risk Your Life" Video Game Soundtrack. Along with their first featured artists Planetwide Games will also showcase emerging artists and first time music groups like Pain 4 Pleasure with their single "Blackout".
WON-G is a cutting edge musician fusing Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk and Reggae. WON-G's music bridges these 5 areas of music like no artist has done before him. His five albums have shown the brilliance of a musician that has raw talent at such a young age. WON-G during his 10-year music career has released five independent albums that have culminated in his label deal with Sanctuary Urban Records helmed by Mathew Knowles. He also regularly features celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra, and Tracey Bingham in his videos.
WON-G has embraced the video game and interactive entertainment industry by contributing his Single "Caught in the Rapture" as the 1st Single from the "RYL-Risk Your Life" MMORPG Soundtrack. "I am excited about being connected to this community and the incredibly exciting and challenging Virtual World in Risk Your Life" said WON-G.
As of January 5, 2005, "RYL - Risk Your Life" just passed the 125,000 North American registered player milestone. "RYL - Risk Your Life" is the one of the hottest MMORPG's to be released in the video game industry in a very long time, with over 1.2 million players worldwide.
"RYL-Risk Your Life" is a beautifully rendered MMORPG, creating increasingly difficult and challenging game play and will excite multiplayer online game fans. Prospective game players can view a trailer of the game, download the open beta for free, as well as opportunity to purchase officially licensed RYL merchandise, at the game's home page, http://www.RYL.net.
"RYL-Risk Your Life" is a persistent universe or role-playing game (RPG). In the game, players assume the role of a Warrior, Cleric, Wizard, or Thief (over 20 classes) and explore the many beautiful and exotic locations within the game where they meet other players, complete quests, fight monsters and other players. Massively multiplayer online games are computer games in which thousands of players can play simultaneously through the Internet. In 2003, 88 million people played online games worldwide, a number that is expected to grow to at least 198 million by 2008.
About Planetwide Games:
Based in Costa Mesa, CA, Planetwide Games (a Bluetorch Online Games Inc. company) seeks to establish itself as a leading provider of online video games. The Company is developing its own online video games, licensing existing online video games, developing online technology and building a worldwide network of affiliates to distribute the games.
Please note that the download of RYL - Risk Your Life takes approximately 90 minutes on a DSL/cable broadband line. You can also purchase a Special Preview Edition on CD-Rom at http://www.ryl.net.
At Consumer Electronics Show (CES):
Planetwide Games will be at the Consumer Electronics Show, January 6, 2005, at the Showstoppers media reception, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.
Media Contact: Rita Tennyson, Terpin Communications Group, 310-821-6100 x104
At CES: Michael Terpin - Terpin Communications Group, 310-980-4676 Mobile