Gameforge, Europe's leading provider of free-to-play online games, announced plans to release an update for its long-running massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG), Gates of Andaron. Due this September, the new "Rise of Gor" update will introduce browser-based gameplay using the Kalydo browser plug-in, a third warring faction, and an original mentoring system within the relaunched community site for newbies, expanding the much-loved fantasy MMO.
As part of the update, the kingdom of 'Gor' emerges as the long-awaited third faction in the war between Valorian and Derion. Soldiers stand in a constant state of conflict between the opposing kingdoms and must decide whom they will ally with for the continent of Iberia. From level 80, players of the new faction can enter large PvP battles, tipping the balance of power against or for the underdogs in a given battle. Additionally, opposing forces can now hold negotiations for war and peace in large areas.
There's some content in the update for newbies too: they now begin their adventures in 'Tebekut.' The town, as well as its surroundings, will be completely recreated and will offer the most impressive graphics yet. In order to make it easier for players to get into the game, a mentor system will also be introduced: experienced players can accompany fresh players to the game and offer assistance and, as a reward, they will receive a payout when the newbie reaches level 90.
About Gates of Andaron
Gates of Andaron launches players into a centuries old war between the Valorian and Derion kingdoms. Each population has told generation after generation their true history - but now the players are writing their own! The key, which would end the war between the kingdoms, has been concealed within ancient and almost forgotten explanations. For brave adventurers, the task is to bring this truth back from the depths of the years gone by and end the generations-long battle.
Before their journey begins, players have a selection of races to choose when creating their character. Human, feline or fairy - all have unique qualities and offer completely different game experiences. Specializing as a warrior, priest, magician, night walker, evocator or archer, heroes will take part in innumerable stories and quests.
To play Gates of Andaron, all players need to do is follow the simple registration instructions and download the client at the website http://www.GatesofAndaron.com/. Players who want to personalize their characters or gain small in-game advantages can purchase the virtual world's add-ons or exclusive items.
Kalydo, the technology developed by the Dutch specialists Eximion is a combination of browser plug-in and scalable server platform. It enables game play in a browser on any Windows PC, both in a window and in full-screen mode. Initially, only a small amount of data is sent, the rest then follows while the player works through their first adventure. Facebook integration enables registration using an existing Facebook account.
Gameforge is Europe's leading provider of online games. Based in Karlsruhe, Germany, the company currently offers 20 games in over 50 languages and has more than 300 million registered players worldwide. The portfolio includes two types of games: client-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) on the one hand, including Europe's most successful MMO Metin2, Gates of Andaron and the European version of Wizard101, and on the other, high-quality browser-based titles such as the award-winning Ikariam, OGame and the upcoming Star Trek - Infinite Space. Gameforge currently employs almost 500 staff at its main headquarters in Karlsruhe. In 2010, Gameforge was presented with the "TOP JOB - Employer of the Year" award and named one of the best employers of 2010 by the Great Place to Work Institute.
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