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Sphere: Dreamland goes on sale

NIKITA, 1C, and Yandex present an exclusive add-on for the multiplayer online role-play game Sphere.

Sphere: Dreamland is a new add-on offering users new opportunities. The add-on includes the light continent of Rhodes and an entire system of islands that the player can purchase. Among the innovations are completely renewed graphics, special statistics, new monsters, expanded trade opportunities, and what not. Special magical artefacts and an opportunity to change some character properties will become a pleasant surprise for users.

A new city, Anhelm, has been created on Rhodes, as well as five castles of different levels. All city structures and interiors of buildings have been transformed completely, and game landscapes have changed. Gorgeous interiors, the decoration of numerous city structures, and other graphical innovations make the new continent considerably different from the others and kingly.

Private property has for the first time been introduced to the Sphere universe. Islands purchased by players have ten development levels. When a new level is achieved, the player's domain expands noticeably, the size and looks of the house change, and new park structures appear. Buying lands, the player becomes the owner of a small residence. In the future, it is transformed into a king's palace with halls and rooms to which the player can invite his or her friends who have the new add-on. At the maximum development level, the owner of an island will have a personal place for rebirth of monsters, a workshop, and an alchemical furnace.

Owners of Sphere: Dreamlands can change the occupation of their characters and their appearance or reset game elementals. Every owner of the add-on will have a special trade license to guarantee them a place in the marketplace regardless of how much it is occupied. An increased number of trade windows enable them to offer twice as many goods for sale.

Expanded statistics show the owner of Sphere: Dreamlands information about the number of monsters killed and personal rating based on results of combats between players. Each user will have a special artefact for their game character - a Rhodes Helmet. Lump-sum payment of an account for longer than three months gives the dwellers of the Dreamlands a spell increasing the speed of movement.

Sphere: Dreamlands comes in DVD format. Besides the new add-on, Dreamlands, the disk contains the game Sphere with all updates and the project's version for portable platforms. In addition, buyers are given a colourful poster with a detailed map of the world of Sphere and a theme calendar for 2006.

More information is available on the Sphere website at www.sphere.yandex.ru.

Nikita is the leading Russian supplier of computer games and mobile services, Russia's first game company. The company's main activities are:
- development of computer games
- localisation of games for Russian users
- development of value added entertainment services based on MMS, WAP, GPRS, SMS, and J2ME technologies and their provision to subscribers of mobile operators
- publication of SMS-Life, an interactive magazine for young people.
Nikita aims at development and services based on state-of-the-art technology and platforms.

specialises in distributing, publishing, supporting, and developing computer software and databases for home and office use. Founded in 1991, 1C is a Russian firm that rests solely on its own professional achievements and employs more than 500. From its warehouse and through the most developed partner network in the CIS (5,300 permanent partners in 570 cities across Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states), 1C supplies a full range of mass-market software products for home and office use that currently exceed 5,000 products in number. 1C is known as one of the most successful game publishers in Russia. 1C cooperates with the leading developer teams in Russia and the neighbouring states such as Action Forms, Akella, Apeiron, Arise, Best Way, Creat Studio, CrioLand, Dark Fox, Digital Spray Studio, DiP Interactive, DTF Games, DVS, Eagle Dynamics, Elemental Games, Gaijin Entertainment, G5 Software, Ino-Co, Katauri, K-D LAB, KDV Games, KranX Productions, Meridian`93, Nikita, Nival Interactive, Orion, OSW Games, PIPE studio, Saturn Plus, SkyFallen Entertainment, Skyriver Studios, SoftLabNSK, Xbow software and many others. Proprietary developments of 1C are well-known outside Russia. The combat flight simulators Il2 Sturmovik, Il2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles and Pearl Harbor achieved well-deserved recognition from players around the world and received over 50 prestigious international awards. 1C games are distributed worldwide by major publishers, including ATARI, Codemasters, THQ, and Ubisoft.


Yandex
is the biggest Russian portal offering a variety of web services. In the summer of 2001 Yandex became the biggest resource on the Russian Internet as to its audience and has since remained in the lead, according to the research companies Comcon and Gallup Media. Yandex services include web search and a catalogue of websites, a payment system and latest news, encyclopaedias and dictionaries, an expert system to choose goods and a catalogue of offers from stores, a no limit electronic mail and hosting, and what not. Besides, Yandex provides excellent media for both mass-market and highly targeted advertising.

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