London, England 22 February 2005 Elixir Studios today announced that their much anticipated sequel to Republic: The Revolution, is underway as a joint venture with Cambridge based MMOG specialist Nicely Crafted Entertainment with the working title of "Republic Dawn: The Chronicles of the Seven".
The game, due for release in 2007, is set around a rich storyline based in a distant galaxy and will give players access to a living, breathing universe created using Nicely Crafted's proprietary AliceServer technology. Elixir will be providing their world-class graphical technology and both companies will be working on a new ground breaking Artificial Life engine.
"Teaming up with Elixir for Republic 2 is a fantastic way to start 2005. With Demis and his team's experience in creating outstanding triple-A games, Republic 2 is going to provide great gameplay and visual experiences - offering players freedom and flexibility that is unparalleled in today's MMOG marketplace", commented Toby Simpson, managing director of Nicely Crafted. "With our server technology, we're creating a world where hundreds of thousands of people will be able to take part in building a republic."
"Nicely Crafted is at the forefront of MMOG gaming technology. I'm really excited that my vision of thousands of players building a Republic together is finally going to happen", said Demis Hassabis, Elixir's creative director. "This is the perfect way for Elixir to enter the MMOG arena."
Republic Dawn is a vast MMOG first person space game based around an embryonic society devastated by a sudden attack. The players must rebuild the Republic facing tough political, economic and military decisions along the way. During this time a deep story of human struggle will be acted out with the players challenging every decision. With a progressive and immersive gaming environment of unique depth and detail, Republic Dawn promises to be a definitive MMO game.
Republic Dawn will allow players to dictate the future of mankind. Will they rise up as one in the name of revenge or will they let the already unstable Republic fall?
ABOUT ELIXIR STUDIOS
Elixir Studios is an independent games developer based in London, specialising in original game concepts. It was founded by Demis Hassabis in 1998 and currently employs over 60 people. The Company has assembled some of the finest development talent from around the world, veterans of groundbreaking titles such as Theme Park, the Sims, Black & White, Dungeon Keeper 2, Homeworld and Colin McRae. The company also has an in-house R&D group, who specialise in creating proprietary world-class graphics and artificial intelligence technologies. Elixir released Republic: The Revolution in September 2003 and Evil Genius in October 2004, both to positive critical acclaim.