Monday 21 March 2005/... ArenaNetTM, creators of the highly anticipated online role-playing game Guild WarsÂ®, and NCsoftÂ® Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today announced that Guild Wars will be available across Europe in a special Collectors Edition.
In addition to the game itself, the Guild Wars Collectors Edition will contain a full-colour art book, the official music sound track, a Logitech headset, three months' free subscription to the Speakeasy: TeamspeakTM service and an exclusive in-game item, the Divine Aura.
"Many dedicated players are looking forward to Guild Wars' exciting release," says Max Brown, Sales and Operations Director, NCsoft Europe. "Our Collectors Edition offers players not only a way to more fully immerse themselves in the world of Guild Wars, but also to receive a one-off in-game item that will not be available anywhere else."
According to EB GamesTM, Guild Wars is one of the best-selling preorder PC games year-to-date in North America. More than 500,000 players have participated in public preview events in the US and Europe. In Korea, Guild Wars was named the number one most anticipated game of 2005 by The Electronic Times.
Guild Wars is a online role-playing game that rewards player skill. Players explore a rich fantasy game world, acquire skills, build personalised characters and compete in head-to-head guild battles with friends around the world. It is the first title from ArenaNet, which was founded by key members of the creative teams behind the hit games WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ® and DiabloÂ®, and the creators of Battle.netÂ®.
ArenaNet has created a unique, global game world that invites players from around the world to play together seamlessly. There are no sharded servers, no language-specific versions of the game and nothing to keep players from exploring the game world with friends from other countries.
More information about Guild Wars and the upcoming Beta Weekend Events can be found at:
ArenaNetTM, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft and was founded by key members of the creative teams that developed the hit game series StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo as well as Battle.net. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art, interactive game network and is developing premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.
About NCsoft Europe
NCsoft Europe (NC-E) is headquartered in Brighton, England and is part of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online games. NCsoft has already successfully established itself in North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. NC-E began operations on 1st September 2004 and serves as a central hub for all NCsoft sales, marketing and distribution operations in Europe, via its European distribution network. NC-E launched LineageÂ® II in November 2004, City of HeroesTM on 4th February 2005 and Guild WarsÂ® is scheduled for 28th April 2005. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://www.plaync.com.
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