KARLSRUHE, Germany - Dec. 20, 2012 - Gameforge today announced that its popular browser-based game Ikariam will offer a "Pirates" update that allows players to sail as pirates, earn gold and capture points on forays. Pirate rivals can be put in their place through raids on their fortresses. As a reward, the most successful buccaneers will receive a giant treasure trove of resources.
ROBBING AND PILLAGING
In the new update, the first step toward a successful pirate career can be accomplished by constructing a new Pirate Fortress building, which can only be erected on a special offshore building slot. With a Pirate Fortress, players are able to start a total of nine different capture runs that allow them to loot gold and capture points. A successful attack on another players' Pirate Fortresses will sweep their hard-earned capture points into their own treasure chests; capture points help players strengthen their own crews. A stronger team defends its own forts more effectively and is more successful in conducting raids on the pirate hideouts of other players.
HIGHSCORES AND GIANT TREASURE TROVE OF RESOURCES
A new high score for capture points shows which Ikariam buccaneer is the real terror of the seas. It is valid for fixed evaluation periods and the final score can be viewed until the expiration of the next evaluation period. In their own Pirate Fortresses, players have the opportunity to check their standings at any time; the 50 pirates that collect the most capture points at the end of an evaluation period will be rewarded with an abundance of resources. After rewards have been given out, all capture points and increased crew strengths are reset and the battle of the pirates starts all over again.
Ikariam is a browser-based strategy game that whisks players from all over the world into an antique island setting and is completely free of charge. In an era of emerging advanced civilizations, ground-breaking discoveries and destructive battles, the player leads their civilization to honor and glory. With a comprehensive overview, great tactics and by cooperating with thousands of other players, a huge online world can be explored and seized. Ikariam has been fascinating players from around the globe since early 2008 and so far 60 million players have registered for the game. Since November 2012, the game has also been available as a mobile version on the iPad.
With an impressive portfolio of around 20 titles and over 380 million registered players, Gameforge is the leading provider of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) in the western hemisphere. The internationally active corporate group, based in Karlsruhe, offers its online games in more than 50 languages. Its portfolio includes client-based game worlds such as AION, TERA, Europe's most successful MMOG Metin2, 4Story, Runes of Magic, Elsword, Wizard101 and RaiderZ, browser-based online games such as the popular classic OGame and the award-winning Ikariam as well as mobile games. The company employs approximately 600 staff members at its Karlsruhe and Berlin locations.
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