When SOE announced their partnership with ProSibienSat.1 to publish eight of their online gaming titles (DC Universe Online, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, PoxNora, Magic: The Gathering - Tactics, EverQuest II, Free Realms, PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest Next) in Europe back in February, the deal set the community on fire following the announcement that EU and NA communities would be on segregated servers and unable to play together. This and a number of other grievances prompted SOE to reevaluate the deal and make some changes, allowing players to once again play on their server of choice.
While not all of the community is happy about the deal still, it has begun to move forward. ProSibienSat.1 launched the first SOE game in its service back in June with DC Universe Online, and today at gamescom, the publisher announced that it has now secured the EU publishing rights for four more SOE titles: Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, Wizardry Online, EverQuest and Bullet Run, bringing their list of SOE games up to 12.
gamescom 2012: ProSiebenSat.1 Games expands Europe-wide exclusive cooperation with Sony Online Entertainment
Munich, Germany, August 15, 2012. ProSiebenSat.1 Games and Sony Online Entertainment, LLC (SOE) are expanding their exclusive partnership with four online games for the European market. Following the successful launch of DC UniverseÂ Online on the servers of ProSiebenSat.1 Games, the games publisher from UnterfÃ¶hring has secured four more exclusive licenses from SOE: Vanguard: Saga of HeroesÂ®, EverQues tÂ®, WizardryÂ® Online, and Bullet RunÂ. This extends the portfolio of ProSiebenSat.1 Games to cover a total of 12 online games from the U.S.-based developer studio.
Arnd Benninghoff, Chief Digital Officer of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, states, "SOE is the ideal partner at our side, expanding our portfolio with fantastic blockbuster games. As one of Europe's leading TV companies, the players expect us to provide premium TV content, premium online offers, and premium gaming entertainment. We are very happy that we are able to expand this cooperation just months after its inception.Â
"ProSiebenSat.1 is the ideal partner for us to reach an even broader audience in Europe,Â says John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. "We are confident that the combination of the media power provided by ProSiebenSat.1 and our expertise in developing high-quality online games will appeal to players in a new and captivating way, creating the perfect prerequisite for achieving great success with our games in Europe.Â
About Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
Vanguard Saga of Heroes is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in the vast world of Telon, an ancient world of magic, intrigue and adventure. Facing the challenges of a war-torn world, the diverse people here struggle to rebuild their once great civilizations. A fragile alliance has been struck and with the lands set upon by invading forces, the races must band together to survive. In the north, the sprawling green hills of Thestra are plagued by an unstoppable undead menace. To the south, the deserts of Qalia have been besieged by an elemental threat spawned from the depths of the earth; and to the east, inhabitants of the tumultuous jungles of Kojan fiercely battle encroaching otherworldly fiends. Telon is in desperate need of heroes. Your journey begins now.
For the past 13 years, the first game in the epic EverQuestÂ® franchise has captivated its players with exciting fantasy MMO adventures. With 18 game expansions, 16 unique races, 16 distinct classes, thousands of alternate abilities and items, the game offers countless possibilities for character development on 90 levels. Legendary battles, exciting events, and heroic adventures await.
About Wizardry Online
Wizardry Online is a Free-to-Play, hardcore fantasy MMORPG developed by JapanÂs Gamepot Inc. From insane difficulty to complex mazes, unrelenting Mobs and traps around every turn, even the best RPG players will find this to be the ultimate challenge. With the risk of permadeath always looming, players group with trusted allies to survive. Using skill based combat, and a little bit of luck, players battle to defeat amazing anime creatures, cheat death, and live to tell the world!
About Bullet Run
Bullet Run is a Free-to-Play, team-based multiplayer game that puts players in the ultimate reality TV game show, where contestants showcase their deadly talents in the name of fame. Bullet Run was already praised for its tight controls, quick respawns and massive amount of options. Fit for gamers with any level of FPS knowledge and dubbed Âabsurd funÂ, Bullet Run is sure one of the most entertaining titles in the FPS genre.
About ProSiebenSat.1 Games GmbH
The games publisher ProSiebenSat.1 Games is a subsidiary of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group and focuses on the Europe-wide licensing and marketing of online games as well as games partner acquisition. The portfolio includes, among other things, S4 League, Maestia and Florensia. Since early 2012, ProSiebenSat.1 Games has held the Europe-wide licenses to several games from Sony Online Entertainment, including the blockbuster games DC UniverseÂ Online, EverQuestÂ® II, Star WarsÂ®: Clone Wars AdventuresÂ, Free RealmsÂ®, Magic: The Gathering Â TacticsÂ®, Pox NoraÂ®, the upcoming PlanetSideÂ® 2, and the next installment of the EverQuestÂ® franchise.
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games. Best known for its blockbuster hits and franchises, including EverQuestÂ®, EverQuestÂ® II, Champions of NorrathÂ®, PlanetSideÂ®, Free RealmsÂ®, Star WarsÂ®: Clone Wars AdventuresÂ and DC UniverseÂ Online, SOE creates, develops and provides compelling online entertainment for a variety of platforms. SOE is building on its proven legacy and pioneering the future of online worlds through creative development and inspired gameplay design for audiences of all ages. To learn more, visit www.soe.com.
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