-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
Funcom will soon launch a newly revised version of the Anarchy Online web site,
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