SAN FRANCISCO – July 27, 2013 – Today, Ubisoft® and Blue Byte® are proud to celebrate the the 20th anniversary of the renowned strategy franchise, The Settlers®. To celebrate this momentous occasion, The Settlers® Online: Castle Empire is launching a special in-game event June 27 featuring new adventures, resources, and server-wide objectives and rewards. The Settlers Online: Castle Empire can be played for free in a browser at www.thesettlersonline.net.
The very first The Settlers® game was released in 1993 for Amiga-PC and later ported for MS-DOS. The franchise has since grown across seven core titles and multiple adaptions, including the highly successful browser game, The Settlers® Online: Castle Empire. To date, more than nine million copies of The Settlers have been sold.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Blue Byte will launch an exclusive event in the franchise’s latest iteration, The Settlers® Online: Castle Empire. This event will introduce new adventures that take their inspirations from Settlers II: the Retro click adventures (playable for all players) and the Semi-retro military adventures (playable for players from level 26).
A new resource has also been introduced – balloons. Users will find many ways to collect balloons, including by completing new quests and adventures, by sending their explorers for treasure searches, or by converting almost any resource into balloons.
Additionally, servers are challenged to reach a certain amount of balloons. When a server completes 100% of its balloon objective, users will be automatically rewarded with the Settlers II original headquarters. Each further objective obtained will grant players additional rewards. The fastest server and the one to gather the most balloons will receive extra bonuses.
North American players can check out The Settlers Online: Castle Empire and play for free in their browser at www.thesettlersonline.net.
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.
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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.