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Funcom Announces Release Plans for Anarchy Online

 


-a new revolutionary gaming world about to enter the online market


Durham, NC-May 3, 2001- Funcom proudly announces that the Anarchy Online release date for North America will be on June 27, 2001. Anarchy Online will be the first game in years to take up competition with the existing online worlds of Ultima Online (Electronic Arts), EverQuest (Sony) and Asheron's Call (Microsoft).

The release of Anarchy Online will mark a milestone on the massively multi-player online gaming arena. Not only is Anarchy Online the first online world in a science fiction setting, the game also promises exceptional graphics and a gaming world that gives the phrase "dynamic gaming environment" a brand new meaning. It will also be the first in the upcoming second generation of 3D massively multi-player online games.

Massively multi-player online gaming worlds differ from other games in that they can only be played online, are massive spaces to explore, and host thousands of player controlled characters in the same playing fields at one time. Online games also differ from other games because the consumer must pay for a monthly subscription in order to play. The popularity of previous online games has proven a new and highly successful business model that is making industry giants crave to produce a blockbuster hit in this segment.

"Online games are the future of the industry, and a subscription based business model will in some years become a common platform for making money," says Funcom president Andre Backen. "Funcom has been working on Anarchy Online since 1996 and considers this the most ambitious project the industry has yet seen with over 70 employees dedicated to working on this game."

When you log on to Anarchy Online, you enter a science fiction world 30,000 years into the future, a world more dynamic than any other in the market today. The planet is captured by a military regime that fights the outcast rebel clans who refuse to obey the rules and laws imposed by the regime. Players must choose sides once they log on to the game and will become part of a constantly evolving story that is based on the conflict between these groups.

Over 200 fan sites are already dedicated to following the progress of Anarchy Online. The popularity of massively multi-player online games is largely due to its highly social nature. Players form groups in the game, using each character's specific skills, to complete missions as a team. Because these characters are not controlled by a computer, but by other people, friendships are often formed with other players. This makes the entire gaming experience much more dynamic than games only guided by
artificial intelligence.

Funcom will soon launch a newly revised version of the Anarchy Online web site, www.anarchy-online.com.

About Funcom Inc.- As an international games developer and publisher, Funcom has offices in Switzerland, PC development and marketing in Norway, Xbox development in Ireland, and a new technical support and marketing office in Durham, North Carolina. Formed in 1993, Funcom is best known for The Longest Journey, voted Adventure Game of the Year 2000 by both PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World. Anarchy Online (www.anarchy-online.com) is the company's upcoming highly anticipated title. Funcom has had an impressive development track record producing titles for many platforms such as Pocahontas, Casper, Speed Punks, and Championship Motocross. With over 150 employees, the company now publishes and develops games exclusively for the Xbox console system and PC with a particular focus for online components. Funcom products are distributed in North America by Tri Synergy Inc.

 



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