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Runes of Magic Chapter IV Starting with Closed Beta

- 'Chapter IV - Lands of Despair' will open its doors to beta testers in April -

AUSTRALIA - February 25, 2011: Frogster will be releasing the fourth chapter of the online role-playing game, Runes of Magic, called 'Chapter IV - Lands of Despair later this year. A small number of players will be among the first to get access to the new content in the first closed beta starting in April. The new zone boasts an exciting background story with unexplored areas, dungeons, and a new level cap of 70, among other new features.

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'Chapter IV - Lands of Despair' tells the story of a mighty, mysterious demon who has thrown the world of Taborea into turmoil. As part of his devious plan, he has released a horrifying contagion across the land, turning the inhabitants of entire villages into soulless zombies. Even Annelia, daughter of Lord Grafu, has joined his ranks as a young apprentice and has been consumed by the darkness inside her. Runes of Magic players will set off on a dangerous journey through uncharted regions, and confront new and terrifying creatures to bring light to this dark and afflicted land.

Players first steps in this intriguing empire will bring them to the 'Land of Malevolence', which can be reached by way of a path from the recently released Limo Desert. The zone is filled with contaminated forests and poisonous rivers, but the area's main features are the many castles that dot the horizon, standing in contrast to the desert design of the previous region. The first of the new instances is tucked away in one of the many castles, alongside the countless hidden nooks and crannies. The new design concept of the chapter is perfectly embodied in Lord Grafu's castle, where players must solve challenging puzzles and reign victorious in strategic battles in order to lay their hands on the coveted treasures stored within.

Runes of Magic: Chapter IV - Lands of Despair will be available for free download like all previous updates from Frogster.

Frogster will be showing new content from Chapter IV at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco from March 2-4, 2011 in San Francisco. The team from Frogster will also be available for interviews.

For more information on the new chapter visit our official website at: www.runesofmagic.com.au

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Runes of Magic - A world full of magic and adventure and The First MMO game with dedicated servers in Australia!

Runes of Magic has redefined the standard for free-to-play MMORPGs with its wide range of features. The online role-play game is based on an exciting, multi-layered story, driven by more than 2,800 quests set in the atmospheric fantasy world of Taborea which spreads over two continents. Players choose one of eight classes which they can combine with a secondary class. Each class combination has individually assigned elite skills. Runes of Magic offers two races to choose between, the elves and the humans, which can be customized using the wide selection of available physical characteristics. A large range of furniture and other functional items lets players furnish and customise their own virtual homes. In guilds, groups of players can construct their own guild castles which may then be expanded with additional buildings and powerful siege engines allowing them to go head-to-head in absorbing guild wars. Thanks to comprehen! sive crafting and ranking systems, gripping player vs. player features such as arenas and open battlefields, flexible and extensive customization of the user interface, a selection of demanding dungeons and many other features‘Runes of Magic’ has something for everyone. So far Runes of Magic has attracted over 4 million registered users making it one of the most popular and successful free-to-play MMORPGs on the market.

The Only MMO Game With Dedicated Australian Servers!

What does this mean for our players?

    <*>Lower latency and a better gameplay experience. <*>More of your friends and other players online at peak playing times. <*>Australian based customer support.
Gold Coast based N3V Games is the Australian operator of Runes of Magic which is published by Frogster Pacific.

Runes of Magic Features

    <*>Dual class system with eight classes and unique elite skills <*>Individual furnishing of player housing and guild castles <*>Gripping player-versus-player duels in arenas and on the battlefield <*>Guilds can set themselves against each other in formidable guild wars <*>In-depth story experienced through above 2,800 quests laced with epic quest-lines <*>Easy travel using portals and a wide range of mounts <*>Challenging boss-combat in dangerous and extensive dungeons with up to 36 players <*>Dual difficulty levels in the most challenging dungeons <*>Entertaining mini-games for single players and guilds alike <*>Dynamic crafting and customization of items <*>Versatile role play elements including a marriage system <*>Regular comprehensive free updates with new game content
About N3V Games PTY LTD

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The golden sandy beaches and rolling surf of Australia’s Gold Coast houses Australia’s biggest independent video game publisher, N3V Games!

N3V Games has built Rock Solid partnerships with industry heavyweights like Nintendo and Sony as well as a myriad of top notch game developers and publishers including 1C Company, Akella, CDV, DTP, EA, Endgame Studios, Focus, Frogster, Frozenbyte, GFI, Half Brick, Hot Head, Idea, JoWooD, Just-A-Game, Koch, Kylotonn, Lexis Numerique, Lighthouse, Merscom, Monte Cristo, Nobilis, Noviy Disk, Paradox, Playlogic, PQube, Real, Stardock, Techland and Timetrip just to name a few.

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About Runewaker Entertainment Ltd.

Runewaker Entertainment was founded in August of 2004, with headquarters located in Taichung, Taiwan. The founding members were all very experienced in the field and decided to come together to pursue their dream. Currently Runewaker employs over 100 highly skilled programmers, designers and artists and is constantly expanding. Runewaker specializes in making massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). The company has built their own engine from scratch which rivals some of the best available on the market. Runewaker is constantly producing more content for Runes of Magic. Website: www.runewaker.com

Frogster– We take you to a new world!

The Berlin based Frogster Interactive Pictures AG, listed on the stock exchange, has focused on the growth sector of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) at an early stage already. The company licenses, markets and operates its virtual worlds for millions of players in Europe, Asia and North America. In Europe its subsidiary Frogster Online Gaming GmbH is taking care of the operating business of the Frogster group. Founded in 2006 and based in Seoul, the Korean joint venture Frogster Asia Co. Ltd. markets and operates virtual worlds in Asia. Frogster America Inc., based in San Francisco, was founded in January of 2009 and markets and operates MMO games in North America. At their offices in Berlin, Seoul and San Francisco, the Frogster group employs more than 200 staff members in the fields of game development, licensing, IT, web design and web development, product management, marketing, PR, web publishing, community management, customer support,! hosting, sales, billing and finance/administration. In the year 2008, Frogster won the“Landmark in the Land of Ideas”, a competition under the patronage of the German President. Additional information is available at: www.frogster.de

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