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Swords and Sandals V Now in Public Beta

Today, 3RDSENSE announce the beta launch of the next and biggest chapter in their hugely popular RPG Swords and Sandals series– Swords and Sandals V: Grail of Antares.

For Immediate Release

22 November 2011

The highly anticipated new game extends the world of the six previous Swords and Sandals titles beyond the combat arena to take the player on a series of epic gladiatorial quests. It will also spread the game beyond the web with iOS, Android, Facebook and download clients in development to make it a multi-platform, persistent-world game environment.

‘We believe Swords and Sandals V will be one of the first truly multi-platform games,’ said Colin Cardwell, 3RDSENSE CEO.‘For the beta launch we’ve rolled out the web version to iron out the creases. Once we’ve got the gameplay right, the other platforms will follow so that players will be able to play a continuous game, seamlessly, across mobile, web and desktop. It’s the sort of game development that’s often talked about but rarely delivered.’

Fans of the series will find all their favourite gladiatorial combat, as well as a whole lot of new features. For the first time, players can manage multiple gladiators, building them up individually. Coming shortly, players will name and run their own gladiatorial‘House’ and compete for honours against other houses. In addition to fighting arena foes, gladiators must also complete quests, battling dragons and scorcers, navigating dungeons and mazes, to increase their levels and gain strength, intellect, dexterity and endurance.

Currently in single player mode, the new title will soon introduce multi-player combat with Facebook Connect integration, allowing players to challenge both their friends and other players within the game.

‘With Swords and Sandals V we wanted to evolve the franchise without losing any of the core gameplay we know the fans love,’ said Oliver Joyce, series Lead Developer.‘We think we’ve moved the experience on with the fantasy quest and the multi-player mode. Gladiatorial fighting is still at the heart of the game but we’ve made it much richer and more challenging.

Swords and Sandals V is free to play and features a virtual currency where players earn‘Gold’ and‘Gems’ as they progress. They can also increase their weapons and strengthen their armour with in-game purchase of Gems using PayPal or credit card.

Swords and Sandals V is the latest in the RPG series which includes six other web and dowload titles plus an iPhone version. The hugely popular series has

The newest title is currently in public beta and 3RDSENSE is asking for feedback from players. It can be played on swordsandsandals.com. Contact Suzie Cardwell, suzie@3rdsense.com for screenshots and interviews.?


3RDSENSE is a play agency. We operate the successful games site Fizzy.com and develop games, mobile apps and online applications for consumers worldwide. Fizzy.com has more than 1400 games, attracts over 1 million visitors each month and has a growing member base of over 720,000.?We're the creators of the hugely successful Swords and Sandals game series which has a large and dedicated fan base. 3RDSENSE also works with brands from across the spectrum to produce games, websites, mobile apps and online applications that meet strategic marketing and business objectives. We combine our marketing and advertising experience with social media knowledge to provide strategic play-based solutions.?



Suzie Cardwell, 3RDSENSE


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