SAN FRANCISCO – June 5, 2013 – Ubisoft® and Blue Byte® will introduce a new “Science System” to the popular browser-based strategy game The Settlers® Online: Castle Empire, that will bring all new upgradable skills and abilities -- along with new buildings and resources -- to the worldwide player base. The Science System will offer players the opportunity to configure the production on their islands and tweak gameplay to fit their own unique styles.
The full Science System will be implemented progressively using player feedback, with the first phase launching for North American players on June 13. To celebrate the release of the Science System, all players who login between May 27th and June 10th will automatically receive an exclusive bonus item June 14th: the “Bookbinding Glue.” North American players can check out The Settlers Online: Castle Empire and play for free in their browser at www.thesettlersonline.net.
The new Science System will introduce seven new buildings, several new production chains and nine new resources. To develop skills, players will have to produce special books as resources (Manuscript, Tome and Codex). The more advanced a skill is, the more sophisticated books it will require. Players will also be able to choose between several specializations, allowing each player to customize, for example, their Specialists, to augment the game to better fit their own unique gameplay style.
An introduction to the Science System guided by one of the developers from Blue Byte can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU_Tyc2MKUI
Each of the seven new buildings can be upgraded up to five levels, with each version featuring a unique look. Every structure can be constructed by players as often as wanted; only the bookbinder can be built once. The new buildings include:
- Simple Papermill: producing Simple Paper
- Finesmith: producing Nibs
- Intermediate Papermill: producing Intermediate Paper
- Lettersmith: producing Printing Types
- Advanced Papermill: producing Advanced Paper
- Ornamentalsmith: producing Book Fittings
- Bookbinder: producing 3 different kind of books (Manuscript, Tome and Codex)
The Science System will also feature four skill trees, three of which are allocated to each type of specialists (explorers, geologists and generals), and the last one related to the players’ home island. Each skill tree will display all available research that needs to be unlocked progressively by investing respective resources. Players may reset an entire skill tree to try multiple configurations and decide which one works better for their play style.
The first skill tree implemented in the game will deal with the Geologist. Very useful skills can be activated to player’s specialist character which means than each Geologist can be skilled in a different way. From now on players will have the opportunity to name its specialists to distinguish them from others. The remaining three skill trees will follow later this year.
ABOUT The Settlers Online: Castle Empire
Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, The Settlers Online: Castle Empire combines the popular gameplay elements of The Settlers franchise with brand new features suited to persistent, web-based browser games. Players are able to settle a new city and join thousands of gamers already online to create or join guilds, trade resources and acquire and exchange bonuses to help each other out along the way to building a mighty kingdom.
Join the fun and start playing The Settlers Online: Castle Empire for free now at www.thesettlersonline.net
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About Blue Byte, a Ubisoft studio:
Blue Byte was established in 1988 and released its first hit game in 1991: Battle Isle. This was followed in 1993 by the development strategy game The Settlers®, which established itself as a longlasting favorite. In 2001, Blue Byte was acquired by Ubisoft, and in 2004 the studio moved into the premises of Ubisoft’s German branch in Düsseldorf. The team at Blue Byte is responsible for new productions of The Settlers® and ANNO®. The studio is also active in the free-2-play genre with the web-based browser game The Settlers Online, available in several languages and currently captivating millions of players worldwide.