With More Than One Million Legends of Norrath™ Matches Played to Date, EverQuest® Franchise Online Strategy Game Introduces Oathbreaker to the Virtual Playmat
Release Precedes $100K World Championship Event at Gen Con Indy 2008
Sony Online Entertainment LLC announced the release of Oathbreaker, the fourth set of the EverQuest® franchise online strategy game, Legends of Norrath™. Oathbreaker continues to draw upon the influence of SOE's groundbreaking EverQuest® franchise, adding fun and familiar elements, including items and characters beautifully illustrated with high-fantasy flair. Oathbreaker will enthrall players with a tale of corruption from within, and redemption that comes at a terrible cost, providing an unprecedented level of drama in the ongoing saga. While Oathbreaker brings the story of your Oathbound hero to a dramatic finale, new gameplay builds on existing functionality and allows for even more creative strategies to emerge.
"In just over nine months since launch, Legends of Norrath has had more than one million matches," said Scott Martins, director of development, SOE Denver. "And, with the introduction of Oathbreaker, many more matches are on the horizon. There are more ways than ever to enhance your strategies, explore different decks and try out new combos. We're eager to introduce the new raid and open up cooperative play. And, with the Monthly Sprint Tournaments that started in early June, there are more opportunities for players to climb the rankings and earn special promo cards and free loot."
Not only does Oathbreaker complete the story arc which originated with LoN's first set, Oathbound -- it's also the last LoN release before the World Championship event at Gen Con Indy, August 14-17, where up to 32 finalists are slated to compete for up to $100,000 in cash prizes. July 12-13 marks the last opportunity to compete in a monthly online Championship Qualifier tournament before the World Championship event. At Gen Con, two days of qualification heats, open to all Gen Con attendees 18 and older, will take place before the final championship day.
Developed at SOE's Denver studio, Legends of Norrath is the only online strategy game based on and playable from SOE's popular EverQuest® and EverQuest® II MMOs, as well as from a stand-alone client using a free SOE Station Account (available at http://www.station.com/). Players can challenge opponents on their game server and across other EQ and EQII servers.
Oathbreaker's features include:
New Cards -- More than 250 new cards for your online arsenal! Collect all 210 base set cards, four starter decks featuring 16 new quests and three random rares, 10 scenario rewards, fantastic new loot cards for EverQuest and EverQuest II and lots of new promotional cards.
Play For Free -- SOE is providing all registered LoN users even more complimentary content and bonus features in the game client, including ten new scenarios that tell the tale of Oathbreaker and a brand new raid. Go to http://www.legendsofnorrath.com/ for complete details.
New Raid Play -- In the Antechamber of Fate, up to four players can face off against the powerful island guardian Chel'Drak, the dragon turtle!
New Gameplay -- "Charge" is a new keyword that provides additional bonuses to cards while players have, or get rid of, their charge tokens. Re-linkable navigation offers greater flexibility in play by allowing linked cards to be linked again to a new target.
New Faces -- Delve into new avatar races (Froglok and Erudite), unit types, legends, keywords and abilities. Explore more of your favorite EverQuest and EverQuest II classes with the introduction of "unarmed" Monks, Coercers, Templars and Beastlords (with their warder pets)!
Oathbreaker cards will be available via digital download from SOE's Station Store in both 58-card digital starter decks for $9.99 (plus any applicable taxes), and 15-card digital booster packs for $2.99 (plus any applicable taxes).
To get started, players can download the client for free, test their skills 24 hours a day against AI and real opponents, and then head over to the tournament lobby to compete. Monthly Championship Qualifier eligibility limited and subject to Official Rules (http://forums.station.sony.com/strategygames/posts/list.m?topic_id=6315). Residents of certain territories are not eligible to participate in LoN tournaments with rewards. Please see the EULA (http://help.station.sony.com/cgi- bin/soe.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=18277) for details. For a schedule of events, rules and further details, see the Events Calendar (http://legendsofnorrath.station.sony.com/events_calendar.vm) and the Tournaments page (http://legendsofnorrath.station.sony.com/tournaments.vm). For more information on Legends of Norrath, visit the website at http://www.legendsofnorrath.com/.
New assets for Legends of Norrath Oathbreaker can be found at http://www.soepress.com/; interviews are available upon request.
About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.
SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
First Call Analyst:
SOURCE: Sony Online Entertainment LLC
CONTACT: Taina Rodriguez of Sony Online Entertainment, +1-425-691-5161,