Hi-Rez Studios and MANOWAR Announce Collaboration for Online Game SMITE
ATLANTA/NEW YORK. September 27, 2012. Hi-Rez Studios, independent developer of AAA free-to-play online games and MANOWAR, the band known worldwide for mythology-themed lyrics and an epic heavy metal sound, today confirmed their collaboration around the game SMITE. A new SMITE video was released featuring god vs. god gameplay footage set to the popular MANOWAR song, The Sons of Odin. (http://youtu.be/CA4XFHfpmRQ)

“MANOWAR has a rich history in fantasy and mythology”, says Hi-Rez Chief Operating Officer Todd Harris. “We shared our vision for SMITE and decided to start with The Sons of Odin track with more music to come, including original compositions by Joey DeMaio and MANOWAR.”

The online game SMITE began Closed Beta testing in June and has already surpassed 500,000 player downloads within the first three months.

MANOWAR, the world record holder for both loudest and longest live heavy metal performances, has sold over nine million records to date and boasts a passionate fan-base known as the “Army of the Immortals” and "Manowarriors".

"We are very excited about this collaboration" said MANOWAR founder and bassist, composer and producer Joey DeMaio. "Metal fans and gamers have a lot in common and SMITE in particular totally connects with our music. We are looking forward to uniting SMITE gamers and Manowarriors all over the world."

The game SMITE is currently in Beta and will release in Q1 2013. Within SMITE, players choose from a selection of gods, join session based 5 versus 5 arena combat, and use custom powers and team tactics against other players and minions. SMITE is free-to-play and is a digital download for the PC. Players interested in joining the SMITE Closed Beta can register for an invitation at http://www.smitegame.com

MANOWAR will kick off leg 1 of The Lord Of Steel World Tour with first dates in Europe and the US in October and November 2012 celebrating their newest studio album "The Lord of Steel" (digital release on October 9, physical on October 19). To pre-order the album visit http://bit.ly/OS39zw

About Hi-Rez Studios
Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment. In 2010 the company released their first title, the squad-based shooter MMO Global Agenda. In April 2012 the company released the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend, billed as the World’s Fastest Shooter. Hi-Rez Studios is now developing the upcoming action MOBA game SMITE. For more info visit www.hirezstudios.com or contact press@hirezstudios.com

MANOWAR´s influence in the Rock Music industry is undeniable. During their impressive career they have left their mark in the Heavy Metal genre, thanks to a combination of unique craftsmanship and characteristic songwriting. In an age of casting show “talents” and flimsy one-hit-wonders, this band gives their fans what they love them for: the massive, powerful soundtrack of their lives, songs that celebrate the audacity of the individual, and the spirit of the community.
The band has earned numerous gold and platinum awards and completed more than 35 tours headlining venues that averaged between 10,000 and 50,000 sold-out seats.
MANOWAR have recently presented their twelfth studio album, The Lord Of Steel, that was described by the press as „a brutal and unstoppable force of molten metal“. The Lord Of Steel will be released in international retail on October 19, 2012 as a CD, limited edition picture vinyl and as digital album on October 9.
MANOWAR will kick off leg 1 of The Lord Of Steel World Tour with first dates in Europe and the US in October and November 2012.

For more info visit www.manowar.com or contact promotion@magiccirclemusic.com