Mill Valley, CA - November 16, 2004 - Iron Realms Entertainment, an award-winning California-based developer of text-based massively multiplayer games (MMORPGs) announced today that its fourth MMORPG, Lusternia: Age of Ascension (http://www.lusternia.com), is in full release, having recently completed a 6-week open beta. Lusternia, employing the Rapture engine that powers all Iron Realms games, is an original high-fantasy world with a strong focus on planar travel in a roleplay-encouraged environment full of customizable player-run governments, adventuring areas, over 600 quests, and a PvP combat system with over 700 abilities and spells.
"We think we've created a world that will appeal to both hardcore players and those wishing for a softer, but very rich, experience," said Lusternia's producer, R.M. French. "On the other hand, it's not for everyone. If someone is looking to just mindlessly kill monsters for the next 2 years, this is not the game for them."
Said Matt Mihaly, Iron Realms' CEO, "I'm enormously proud of what the Lusternia team has accomplished. They took the reins and ran with them, producing a fantastic text MMO."
Player reaction during the closed and open betas has been enthusiastic. "I love Lusternia and plan to name my next child after it," said one player who wishes to remain anonymous, for fear of marital retribution.
About Iron Realms Entertainment
Iron Realms Entertainment is an independent developer and publisher of massively-multiplayer games based in Mill Valley, California. Founded in 1997, its main focus is the development of games with depth and a focus on competitive communities. It also uses a pioneering business model in which players pay no subscription fee but are instead presented with the opportunity to purchase virtual goods and services that assist the player in the game. IRE's games include Achaea, Aetolia, Imperian, and Lusternia. Iron Realms' next project is likely to be a text MMO based on best-selling author Raymond E. Feist's world of Midkemia. Please note that Iron Realms does not officially endorse naming your children after our worlds, though we do appreciate it.