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Nival Online and Gala Networks Europe Announce Allods Online

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I’d love to see Gpotato bring some of these European titles to the United States. Gpotato.eu is supposed to be launching both Draconica and Allods Online. For those that don’t know, Gpotato is the company behind Flyff: Fly For Fun, Rappelz and Luna Online. They made a few other games but those are their most popular titles. The whole MMORPG licensing concept seems to shaft users worldwide just so developers can make more money. There are already a bunch of games only out in Europe that folks in the United States can’t play and vice versa. I’d love to see more developers grant world wide licenses, as that would mean MORE players on one server which equate to a larger and better community. Allods Online looks pretty interesting, as it’s based off Russia’s most respected RPG series ‘Allods’. I’m not so sure how well Russians know their RPGs, but either way, i’m hoping the game hits the United States around the same time it launches in Europe, but that’s wishful thinking. Here is the official press release:

Nival Online, the Russian game developer behind the Allods series of role-playing strategy games (known as Rage of Mages in Europe and America), and Gala Networks Europe, the free-to-play MMORPG publisher that operates the gPotato.eu gaming portal are proud to announce Allods Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Russia’s most successful gaming series.

The free-to-play title brings MMO fans across Europe into a universe of epic fantasy and fierce conflict with a deep and captivating storyline. Allods Online takes place after the destruction of the planet of Sarnout and the subsequent formation of the namesake Allods. These mystical islands float in the Astral, an expansive living substance that makes up the compelling game world. Adventurers will explore the numerous Allods as they battle against a wide range of enemies – and each other.

Allods Online will feature classic fantasy MMORPG gameplay that fans of the genre’s most successful titles can enjoy. It features extensive questing, intense player-versus-player combat, grand exploration, in-depth character development and plenty of social interaction. In the Astral, players will have the chance to put their wits and brawn to the test in larger-than-life Astral battles, the game’s giant fights between competing ‘Astral ships’ manned by multiple players. Adventurers from all over the world will have to choose between six races and eight character classes before choosing their allegiance between the two warring factions: the League and the Empire.

With over 12 million USD in funding, Allods Online is the best-funded Russian game development project in history. In addition, the team behind the title at Nival Online recently received the Best Online Game & Best Game Developer award at the 2008 Russian Game Development Conference.

“We have spiced up a full-blown fantasy MMORPG with the most compelling elements of space opera and science fiction, with epic battles between huge Astral ships,” said Sergey Orlovskiy, founder of Nival Online. “At the same time, we are keeping a deep focus on characters. Allods Online is not about Astral ships, but about the people on them.”

“We are excited to work with Nival Online who has proved their mastery of PC and online games for over a decade” said Hyun Hur, CEO of Gala Networks Europe. “We are confident that Allods Online will have a major impact on the overall online games industry and demonstrates that top quality games can be free, giving players a strong alternative to subscription-based MMORPGs.”

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