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War of the Vikings Redefines Bleeding-edge Gaming in New Early Access Update

New Maps, Bloodier Vikings, and Weapon Looting Added to Game

NEW YORK — November 7, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and a blood drive participant, has added new advances to the ongoing Early Access program for War of the Vikings, the upcoming close-combat game from Fatshark.

The new phase is entitled “Bloðorn,” meaning “Blood Eagle,” and includes new changes to War of the Vikings’ combat system and a gruesome new set of blood effects, along with new in-game maps and profile loadouts. New updates will continue to arrive on a regular basis as the developers work with Early Access players to optimize gameplay, add new features, and expand the title in anticipation of its release date.

The Blood Eagle update turns War of the Vikings’ corpse-riddled battlefields into tactical opportunities with the addition of weapon looting; thrown weapons, melee weapons, and shields can now be collected from fallen warriors in the middle of matches, providing additional combat options for players quick enough to scavenge them. New blood effects have also been added to the game, covering warriors, weapons, and the environment in crimson as the battles rage on.

A new arena map, set on a small crag atop a mountain, joins the rotation in this update, as well as the reintroduction of the Monastery map, where Vikings and Saxons will shed blood on sacred grounds. Three new profile loadouts for players to try, complete with new perks and appearances, have also been added into today's update. For full details on the Blood Eagle update, please visit forum.paradoxplaza.com

A live stream will present all of the new features in detail on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Eager warriors can see the demonstration at 7:15 p.m. CEST (10:15 a.m. PDT) by heading to the official Paradox Interactive channel on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive.

War of the Vikings is available through Steam’s Early Access program now: http://warofthevikings.com/buy  

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