Online Voice Chat for Champions of Norrath

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced that Champions of Norrath will support USB headset (sold separately) voice chat functionality during online play. Champions of Norrath, available exclusively on the PlayStation 2, is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores in February. Read the press release for more details.
Sony Online Entertainment Announces Online Voice Chat for the Highly Anticipated Champions of Norrath(TM) - The Must-have Action Role-Playing Game for 2004 Now Even Better - SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14 - Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming, today announced that Champions of Norrath(TM) will support USB headset (sold separately) voice chat functionality during online play. Champions of Norrath, available exclusively on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, is expected to ship to U.S. and Canadian retail stores in February. "Voice chat is the final piece of the puzzle with Champions," said Michael Lustenberger, director of marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "It's the one feature that has been most requested in the game and we are pleased to announce its inclusion. With the addition of voice chat, we believe Champions is now far and away the leader in its genre." In order to support the amount of data that passes among four players talking and playing simultaneously, Champions will require a broadband connection in order to experience the online multiplayer game (Network Adaptor for the PlayStation 2 and internet connection required). Players have the freedom to join an existing game, host their own game, or join/host a private game via SOE's matchmaking service, SOEGames.net. Alternately, up to four players can use the Multitap (sold separately) to play together on a single PlayStation 2 (sold separately). A combination of SOE's expertise in developing fantasy worlds, such as the online gaming phenomenon, EverQuest®, and Snowblind Studios'(developers of Baldur's Gate(TM): Dark Alliance(TM)) experience building high-quality action RPGs, Champions of Norrath will set new standards in the genre. Champions of Norrath features thousands of items, weapons and spells, unparalleled character customization, randomly generated dungeons that create a different and unique gameplay experience with each adventure, online and offline cooperative multiplayer adventuring, and an amazingly detailed 3D engine with multiple camera angles. About Champions of Norrath Set several hundred years before the timeline of the current EverQuest PC game, Champions of Norrath allows gamers to adventure as one of five playable characters who must journey from the city of Faydwer into the wilds of Norrath to save the land from a gathering army of evil orcs and goblins. The game offers up to 70 hours of gameplay per character and fierce battles, deadly missions and unmatched character customization. The game also includes the following features: * Engrossing fantasy storyline set several hundred years before the current EverQuest PC game -- players do not need to be familiar with EQ lore to enjoy the game * Five playable characters (both male and female): Select from Barbarian Warrior, Dark Elf Shadow Knight, High Elf Cleric, Erudite Wizard, Wood Elf Ranger * Thousands of items and magical artifacts to acquire * More than 10,000 items randomly generated with the ability for players to create their own * Randomly generated dungeons and monsters mean a different experience every time you play * Unmatched character customization with modifiable hair, skin, tattoos and facial hair, hundreds of armor variations and thousands of distinctive weapons, including swords, maces, axes, bows and more * Hundreds of armor variations for a unique look * Import and download characters via the Memory Card. Player characters can be used for both single-player and multiplayer adventures, allowing players to build up their character both online or offline * More than 45 levels to conquer with non-linear side quests * 4 player online cooperative action with USB headset support to chat and plan strategies (USB headset optional, sold separately) * Conquer enemies with up to 4 players online via SOEGames.net and offline with up to 4 players via the Multitap (no subscription fee required for online play. Internet connection required for online play. Players are responsible for all applicable internet fees) * Total camera control, zoom-in up-close or view combat from above * Fully interactive 3D environments that push the PlayStation capabilities with stunning lighting and visual effects; capable of handling 30 to 40 characters on screen at once in spectacular battles For more information, visit http://www.championsofnorrath.com.