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Sword of the New World in the New World

K2 Network announces plans to bring Korean MMORPG Sword of the New World to the New World and Europe:

IRVINE, Calif. – January 23, 2007 – K2 Network, Inc. (www.k2network.net), an online game publisher, announced today that it is bringing Korea’s most popular and highly decorated massively multi-player online role-playing game to North America and Europe this summer. Winner of the 2006 Grand Award for Best Game in Korea, Granado Espada, which will be titled Sword of the New World (www.swordofthenewworld.com) in the U.S. is developed by famed developer Hakkyu Kim, the creator of Ragnarok Online.

“Sword of the New World is truly an MMORPG player’s dream come true,” said Grantley Day, Vice President of Product Development at K2 Network. “It is alive with beautiful artistry, baroque-inspired architecture and enchanting music, and, of course, the multi-character control system.”

Licensed to K2 Network by Hanbitsoft, Sword of the New World is developed by imcGAMES, which is headed by CEO Hakkyu Kim, the creator of Ragnarok Online, one of the world’s most popluar MMO’s with more than 25 million subscribers. A fantasy MMORPG whose story is modeled after Europe’s exploration of the New World, this gorgeous, original title allows players to create and simultaneously control a family of characters utilizing the excusive Multiple Character Control (MCC) system.

This innovative fantasy adventure lavishly unfolds its luscious graphical style through a rich and compelling story comprised of thrilling missions and quests. Swept by an exotic New World fever in the 17th century, this fictional yet profoundly historical exploration of the new found continent includes features that are all-new and exclusive to the U.S. version of the game.

K2 Network’s version will offer a new character customization feature with hundreds of costume options, while an improved control scheme and in-game tutorial makes controlling multiple characters familiar and comfortable (for MMO players). In addition, the game includes an all-new story with hundreds of new quests.

Key Features of Sword of the New World:

        • Control three characters simultaneously While most games allow you to level just one character at a time, Sword of the New World allows players to develop, mix and match a team of three distinct characters simultaneously.
        • Combat Get the best of both types of MMO worlds with Player vs. Environment (PvE) and Player vs. Player (PvP) combat fully integrated into gameplay. Sword of the New World also includes additional combat options, Family vs. Family (FvF) dueling and City vs. City (CvC) in specific arenas.
        • Stunning audio and visual offerings Alive with beautiful artistry and baroque-inspired architecture and fashion, the game offers stunningly attractive characters with inspiring clothing and armor sets. Evocative music completes the diverse atmospheres found throughout the game’s many locations.
        • Multiple Character Classes with unique stances and skills Character classes include the traditional melee champ Fighter; the spell-casting Wizard, and the dual-purpose assassin and healing Scout, with more classes to be announced later. Each class can learn and perform unique stances and unlock advanced skills.
        • Free Trial and Premium Editions Download and play the trial version of the game for free or buy the premium, boxed copy for additional content and gameplay experiences.

To see the new screen shots of Sword of the New World and for continuous updates on the game visit the Web site at www.swordofthenewworld.com.

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4. Re: No subject Jan 23, 2007, 18:45 dubfanatic
 
The site doesn't list all that much info, and the screenies don't show me anything of what I want to see... Looks like another hum-drum clone...

The press release says this is from the same guy behind Ragnarok Online, the penultimate Korean grind game, and considering the complete lack of creativity coming out of Korea right now I don't hold high hopes for this one.

 
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