(REDMOND, WA) – WildTangentÂ® the global leader in online game publishing announced today that it is nearing the release of it’s new fantasy adventure game FATE. FATE is the first game of its kind to offer a friendly entry point for the casual gamer, as well as game play depth and infinite replayability for the experienced gaming enthusiast.
FATE is destined to be one of the most compelling roleplaying adventure games released to date in the casual gaming market. The quest is fast and fun with richly detailed artwork, 3D graphics and interactive content delivered exclusively via download. Players will be able to customize their character, their pet, and the type of weapons they’ll use. Through battles with hundreds of monsters and fantastic creatures, characters evolve over time with experience of game play. A built-in random level generator will provide an infinite number of adventure possibilities!
"The wildly successful fantasy genre, as evidenced by the popularity of such franchises as the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series’ is a thriving and entertaining bed of escapism for us all," says Alex St. John, founder and CEO of WildTangent. "With the release of FATE, we are very excited to bring the fantasy fun and adventure to the online casual game player."
FATE is an entirely new game experience to the mass market audience of the already millions of game players across the WildTangent platform and through its key distribution channels like Shockwave, Yahoo, HP, Dell and AOL to name a few. Following its successful casual game model, WildTangent has pioneered the online retail market and is largely responsible for the casual game industry growth that spans age and gender. Today there are more than 90 million online casual game players in the U.S. alone, including 30 million broadband customers. It’s expected that by 2007, casual online gaming revenues will reach a whopping $3 billion. WildTangent works with the best game developers around the world to publish and distribute immersive, online games with advanced features, and robust game play, all at a fraction of the size of the typical retail title.
"Fantasy gaming can be daunting to the casual player, with most of the current retail games requiring significant cost and time investment," says Travis
Baldree, Lead Game Developer at WildTangent. "What FATE delivers is an opportunity for casual gamers to jump into a compelling adventure of exploration and treasure hunting that can be enjoyed during a coffee break, or all night long."
FATE will be available online at www.playfate.com for $19.95 May 2005.
For more information, pre-ordering the game and the latest updates on FATE, please visit www.wildgames.com.
WildTangent, based in Redmond, Wash., is the global market share leader in online game publishing. Founded in 1998, the company's Web Driver platform leverages DirectX technology to enable the development of superior-quality games that can be easily delivered and played over the Internet. With more than 90 million downloads, Web Driver is the most ubiquitous online gaming platform in the world today. WildTangent can be found online at http://www.wildtangent.com.
About Casual Games
In the booming gaming market, casual gaming is standing out as a boundary-breaking genre, pioneered by WildTangent with its online retail games designed for players of all levels of experience. Working with the best game developers and media partners around the world, WildTangent develops, publishes and distributes online games with advanced features and robust game play that appeal to women and men, girls and boys – whether they are playing familiar card or board games or delving into fantasy adventure games.
WildTangent distributes its games electronically. Consumers can try all WildTangent published games for free either by playing the online or downloadable demo version of each game. Demo versions are limited in the amount of game content and by how long the consumer can play. When players reach the end of the demo period, they are prompted to purchase the game in order to unlock all of its content and features. After purchasing a game, consumers receive an unlock code, which they simply enter into the demo version to unlock the full version. WildTangent's WildGames web
storefront and e-commerce system along with the robust DRM system within WildTangent's Web Driver Publishing Platform enables this fast and efficient distribution method.
1 Built on DirectX, the industry standard in 3D technology that takes advantage of the powerful hardware present in today's PCs to deliver unparalleled game play and visual effects.
2 The WildTangent Web Driver platform enables the creation of visually-rich, immersive, Internet-delivered games with advanced features and game play not found anywhere else online.
3 Over 90 million users and growing.
4 WildTangent's GameChannel™ enables the direct delivery of games to millions of consumer desktops using idle bandwidth to seamlessly download games in the background while letting users control how and when they are notified about new games.
5 Both Web Driver and GameChannel are bundled with all new HP, Compaq, and Gateway consumer PCs.
Broad Distribution Network
WildTangent publishes games through a broad network of online retail distribution partners, including leading PC manufacturers, major ISPs, and recognized game portals such as: Logitech, Comcast, AOL Games, UGO, Verizon, Yahoo, Cyberlink, Road Runner High Speed Online, Earthlink, HP, Compaq, Dell, Cablevision, and Atom Shockwave.