Christmas time is coming once again and this week Gala Networks Europe has a good reason to celebrate. The free-to-play publisher recently announced that it has surpassed the 20 million user mark worldwide.
Also included in the press release is the lineup of Christmas events for Allods Online, Canaan Online, Castle of Heroes, Dragonica, Flyff and Terra Militaris. The event descriptions and times available are listed in the press release below.
Gala Networks Europe Celebrates Christmas
In-Game Events Revealed, MMO Operator also Passes 20 Million Users Worldwide
Dublin, Ireland Â December 19th, 2011 Â The Gala Group, a leading publisher of free-to-play MMO games and operator of the gPotato portals across the world, has announced that it now has over 20 million registered users worldwide. Gala Networks Europe, the EU subsidiary of Gala Networks, has also shown remarkable growth throughout 2011, contributing significantly to the Gala groupÂs total.
Nicolas Pajot, COO, Gala Networks Europe comments: ÂPassing 20 million users is a fantastic milestone for the Gala Group and weÂre hugely proud to have contributed to building a loyal user base for free-to-play titles, that continues to grow year-on-year.Â He continues, ÂWeÂre also proud that our choice of free-to-play MMO titles has found a substantial audience in Europe Â with AAA games like Allods Online, Dragonica and Terra Militaris all contributing to our success, weÂre equally proud to be running the best range of Christmas events that we have ever had. We look forward to even more growth as we gear up to betas for Age of Wulin and SEVENCORE in 2012.Â
Coinciding with the run-up to Christmas, Gala Networks Europe is celebrating reaching this milestone with a series of extra-special in-game events for every title running on its gPotato.eu portal.
Allods Online will feature a special scripted Christmas event, which runs until January 6th. Special coins will be available that players can convert into vanity outfits, skins for their mounts, fireworks and much more. In addition, in-game cities can be decorated with snowmen, Christmas trees, candy canes and all manner of other festive items. On the community side, Allods Online will also host ÂThe YaskersÂ until February 6th, where community members are invited to re-create scenes from their favourite movies within Allods Online and submit videos of their re-creations to be judged in several categories. These range from best director and best editing or cinematography to best movie, best effects and so on. Big prizes, both in-game and real-world, will be on offer for the winners as Allods Online pushes towards its big Volume 5 update in early 2012. The Yaskers winners will be announced on February 25th.
Canaan Online will be hosting its own Christmas events. Including the arrival of Santa, who will appear from December 21st to January 4th. Players will be able to collect presents and candy canes from locations around the game world and trade them in with Santa to claim unique festive rewards such as costumes, pets and mounts.
Players of Castle of Heroes have two events to look forward to. From today to January 3rd , players are invited to create a Castle of Heroes Christmas card as an image and post it to the official forum or its Facebook page. Every entry will receive a reward and the 3 best entries will be rewarded with a Hero Reset Card and a Christmas promotion package containing 2 Hero Card boxes. Backing up the competition is the gifts under the tree of life event, where all players will receive an in-game email on December 22nd, which sends seasonÂs greeting from the Castle of Heroes team and will have special gifts of in-game rewards attached.
Dragonica will be celebrating Christmas until January 10th with special monster loot drops in the form of boxes, filled with items, which can only be opened with a special key thatÂs granted when logged in during the event period. DragonicaÂs weather will also become more festive as snow will randomly start to fall in the gameÂs cities, giving players a special buff. The all-new crafting system will also be overhauled in time for Christmas, with a new dungeon to accompany it.
Flyff will be running special Christmas events for all servers until December 29th as Santa comes to visit. He will be in Flaris and players can visit him to get a special quest, where players must hunt down mischievous present boxes. Once a player has 25 present boxes, these can be exchanged with Santa for rewards. However all players are in for an extra treat as Flyff celebrates its 5th anniversary on the German market on December 15th. There will be special events with more experience and more drops available and a special login event.
The festive season comes to Terra Militaris with the arrival of snow on the world and region maps and a special Âhunt for SantaÂ event. Until January 11th, a Santa will randomly appear for each nation and once per hour. When the arrival of Santa will be announced to players, the first to reach Santa with an army will receive cool bonus items. Additionally, snow beast will appear wandering the world map and even boss mobs in certain lairs. Players that beat the snow beast will receive Christmas rewards. Terra Militaris will also be celebrating the New Year from December 28th to January 11th with special events. At this occasion, New Year gifts in the form of ingredients will be dropping and when combined they will reward powerful equipment and other goodies. Finally, all lairs above level 60 will benefit from an increased drop rate between December 21st and January 4th.
The whole gPotato.eu-team wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
About Gala Networks Europe Ltd. & gPotato.eu
Gala Networks Europe Ltd. is a leading European free-to-play online games publisher. It operates the gPotato brand in Europe by hosting, publishing and distributing free online games through the www.gPotato.eu portal. Established in Dublin, Ireland in 2006, it operates a portfolio of MMORPGs including Flyff, Rappelz, Street Gears, Dragonica, Allods Online, Castle of Heroes Canaan Online and Terra Militaris. The gPotato.eu portal is now a major destination for online gamers with over 7 million users. It will also publish the martial-arts MMORPG Age of Wulin and the fusion-fantasy MMORPG SEVENCORE in 2012. Further information on the company can be found at http://www.gala-net.eu.