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19. December 2013

Elsword: update introduces new playable character ‘Ara’

Includes the Sander region and six new dungeons | Third version of the Dark Portal launching

Karlsruhe, 19.12.2013 – Publisher Gameforge’s side-scrolling MMO Elsword is today gaining a further character class, bringing the squad of heroes to a total of seven playable characters: martial arts warrior Ara. Anime fans can also look forward to the new desert region Sander, which comes with six new dungeons as well as the start of the new version of the ‘Dark Portal’.

Spear, stoicism and skill: Ara, the new character

The at-first seemingly shy girl Ara is actually battle-hardened and wise: the trained martial arts warrior relies entirely on her spear and flexibility in battle. She resists her enemies’ attacks with pacy attacks and skilful dodging manoeuvres and makes use of ‘spirit energy’ to power her devastating special attacks. In addition, it is also possible for Ara to take on an alternative form in the shape of a nine-tailed vixen – a legendary and mythical creature that friends of Asian culture will recognise.

Appearing at the end of December, the first class update transforms Ara into the ‘Little Hsien’, a form enabling nimble fairy-like attacks, from level 15 onwards. In this form, the young warrior has a range of combo attacks and special skills at her disposal, which shake the ground beneath her enemies’ feet.

Class update number two is set for the start of January. Once Ara reaches level 35 she will be able to evolve further into the ‘Sakra Devanam’ – and will then inflict even more damage with her melee attacks. All skills will also receive a boost to their range, which makes Ara a particularly lethal foe when she attacks from the air.

You can see Ara’s martial arts skills in action in this trailer:

The complete package: new region, more dungeons and the third version of the Dark Portal

At its core a classic tower defence game, the Dark Portal is heading into its third iteration. Here players have to protect the ‘El Crystal’ from being destroyed by charging waves of enemies. Each game comprises of 15 game rounds in which both normal monsters and dangerous boss monsters pose a threat.

The new region, Sander, lies in the hot south of the mysterious continent of Elios. The desert town is surrounded by five fields full of monsters all threatening the town. Players prove their courage in six new dungeons and can cash in on big rewards when hunting down the deadly bosses.

About Elsword

The MMO Elsword impresses with its unique mix of 2D side-scrolling and role-play in an anime style. This two gameplay traditions are fused together in Elsword to form a unique and dynamic gaming experience. The exciting story centres around the mythical Eldrit stone, from which the continent of Elios draws its energy. Eight masters protect it; creatures such as the machine-like Nasod even derive their life-force from it. One day, the stone shattered and the pieces were strewn across the entire world. Now the task of uniting the stone once more and ensuring the survival of Elios lies in the hands of the players. In over 35 dungeons, the players must fight their way through an exciting world full of action, magic and adventure. Elsword is already wowing European players in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Poland.

About Gameforge

Founded in 2003, Gameforge is a leading Western publisher and operator of widely acclaimed Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) and Browser-based game titles. Gameforge builds highly active and enduring global communities by supporting players through the greatest quality LiveOps, provision of localized content, engaging community management, and frequent delivery of meaningful updates.

Gameforge’s diverse portfolio of highly successful gaming brands provides different worlds with engaging experiences for players from all walks of life: core MMORPG titles Swords of Legends Online, AION, Runes of Magic, and Metin2, beloved anime MMOs Elsword and NosTale, strategy-focused browser games like OGame and Ikariam, along with indie titles such as Trigon: Space Story.

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Title: Elsword
Genre: Anime MMORPG
PEGI: 12
Platform: Windows PC
Release Date: 2010
Developer: KOG' Studios

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