MOSCOW - Jan. 4, 2012 Syncopate, a leading online games publisher in Russia, today announced that it has closed a deal to bring Giant's Golden Age, a free-to-play, browser-based massively multiplayer online game (MMO), to Russian audiences. An empire-building game with RPG elements, Golden Age will be the first cross-platform Syncopate title, playable either in a web browser or on an iOS device. Russian audiences will be able to access Golden Age through GameNet, Syncopate's social network and distribution platform for gamers, and in the Russian App Store, in early 2012.
"While Russians now play many different types of games, from the popular client-based MMOs we publish to Russian-developed iPhone games, many of which have become top-grossing apps worldwide, there remain huge numbers of gamers looking for the release of the next great browser-based title," said Ilya Verigin, CEO of Syncopate. " Golden Age, released in China as The Golden Land, is truly a gem among web-based strategy games and enjoys well-deserved international recognition. As Russian gamers, like gamers worldwide, look to play the games they love wherever and whenever they want, we are happy to be supplying this rising demand with a cross-platform title as highly polished as Golden Age. We see very bright prospects for the game here."
Originally developed by Giant, Golden Age features:
"Golden Age is the first web-based game in which we tried to provide the players with the level of gaming experience one can usually only find in full-featured client-based games," stated Mr. Wen Xuhua, CEO of Juhe Network, a subsidiary of Giant Interactive Group Inc. that developed The Golden Land in China. "We put a lot of effort into this title and drew upon the vast development expertise we acquired over years of successful online game operation. With Syncopate as our partner, we feel confident that Golden Age will create a great success in Russia."
For more information on Golden Age, please visit www.playga.ru.
Syncopate is a leading Russian online game publisher introducing a brand new social network for gamers – GameNet – that enhances both the gaming experience and game to game communications. GameNet seamlessly integrates social networking and community features that extend the boundaries of online gaming. Following a major investment in 2011, Syncopate is partially owned by AR Games, a division of AR Films. Syncopate is the exclusive publisher in Russia and the CIS of internationally acclaimed hits including Blood Rites by KongZhong (NASDAQ:KONG), Rage of Titans by Ningbo SG-TY, Aika Online by Hanbitsoft and War Inc. Battlezone by Online Warmongers Group. Additional information is available at www.syncopateglobal.com.
Giant Interactive Group Inc. (NYSE: GA) is a leading online game developer and operator in China, and focuses on massively multiplayer online role playing games. Currently, Giant operates multiple games, including ZT Online, ZT Online Green Edition, ZT Online 2, Giant Online, XT Online, and The Golden Land. Giant has built a nationwide distribution network to sell the prepaid game cards and game points required to play its games. For more information, please visit Giant Interactive Group on the web at www.ga-me.com.
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