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SAN DIEGO – January 30, 2013 –
Online Entertainment, LLC (SOE) today announced that
, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game
(MMORPG) rebirth of the classic fantasy franchise, is now available
for PC players in North America and Europe. This free-to-play game
offers new players and franchise veterans a fully re-imagined
Wizardry game that stays true to the franchise’s
trademark features: hardcore gameplay, intense difficulty,
party-based combat and permadeath – where when you’re
dead… you stay dead!
Wizardry Online is the most hardcore fantasy MMORPG ever
created,” said Todd Carson, Senior Producer, Sony Online
Entertainment. “The difficulty level is insane and delivers a
challenging, immersive free-to-play experience that today’s
players want and demand, while also capturing the true essence and
heritage of the
Wizardry franchise that players and fans have come to know
and love over the past 30 years.”
Wizardry Online challenges players to earn levels in a
world of devastating dungeons where crimes taint their souls and
the threat of permadeath a single mistake away. With deadly traps,
mind-bending riddles and enemies at every turn, players will choose
either a life of hardcore adventuring, collecting items and raising
money, or the criminal life of taking their fortune by force.
Wizardry Online features include:
Wizardry Online is now available as a
“Free to Play. Your Way.™” game to all
PC players in North America and Europe (optional content is
available for purchase).
Lost System: Not even death is easy in
Wizardry Online. Players will need to donate to revive
themselves—and a poor donation runs the risk of failure. If
they are unsuccessful twice, their character will vanish, said to
be “Lost” and become unplayable forever. The
player’s experience will be noted on the Soul (account),
allowing for an easier start for the next character.
Massive Dungeons: The game’s dungeons
present a variety of traps and powerful monsters for those who dare
to invade their territory.
Skill Customization: Players can customize
characters by combining skills from current or previous classes.
Wizardry Online’s skill heredity system, players can
create a fighter who can heal or a mage to steal items from
Bounty Hunt System: In addition to monsters, other
players will try to kill and rob other players for rare items. Such
players are deemed Criminals and may attack anywhere and at any
time. Players may offer a bounty such as gold for the death of any
criminal and other players will compete to bring that character
Familiar Races: The game offers a variety of races
known from previous
Wizardry games, including humans, elves, porkuls, gnomes
and dwarves. These races have different advantages towards weapons
For more information, and to download and play
Wizardry Online for free, visit:
Wizardry Online from Steam
Wizardry Online assets can be found here (link for press
Wizardry Online is rated M for Mature by the ESRB with the
content descriptors for violence, blood, sexual themes, partial
nudity, and language.
Wizardry is a long-running RPG franchise known for its
open-world exploration and party-based combat. The first title in
Wizardry series was released nearly 30 years ago and is
said to have given birth to the digital RPG genre. Since then,
Wizardry has expanded into a variety of new platforms,
remaining popular in Japan to this day.
Wizardry Online retains the characteristic elements of the
original series but merges them with aspects expected of more
About Sony Online Entertainment LLC
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide
leader in massively multiplayer online games. Best known for
its blockbuster hits and franchises, including
II, Champions of Norrath
Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™,
Online, and the recently launched
® 2, 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
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