press release

05. August 2009

OGame

Legendary strategy game blasts off with a brand-new look

Karlsruhe (Germany), August 5th 2009 – The time has come for millions of galactic emperors to rejoice: In “OGame – Next Generation” galactic colonization gets a fresh new look. With over 30 million fans around the globe, the world’s most popular browser game now takes the game’s graphics to a whole new level while adding a wide range of additional features to all of the newly-started universes at www.ogame.co.uk. The game’s incredibly successful underlying principles, however, remain unchanged.

The creative team at online-gaming specialist Gameforge would like to thank their loyal players with this successful new update, which offers both veterans and newcomers alike even more long-term gaming fun and atmosphere. OGame’s international success is synonymous with Karlsruhe-based company’s unprecedented growth. Within just a few years Gameforge has grown from a small startup to become the world’s largest independent supplier of browser and client-based Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) with more than 75 million players.

Successful Update
One of the most important modifications is the adjusted speed of colonization. This feature makes gaining levels much more challenging, which in turn means more long-term gaming fun.

A new level of research has also been added – Astrophysics. This has to be further developed with each new star colonized. Where Level 1 is needed for the first colony, the next colony requires two more levels before expansion can continue.

The storage capacity for the goods Metal, Crystal and Deuterium has been changed to give the supply buildings in the game more weight. Both tank and warehouse capacities now start at 10,000 units and grow with each new level attained. This means players will have to begin providing additional storage early in the game.

One of the major changes to OGame is the graphic overhaul, making it much more spectacular visually while simultaneously providing a clearer overview. In OGame technical development on the planet surface is displayed impressively in the header images, providing players with a clear picture of the progress on their own planet.

The introduction of the AJAX technology made a major technical improvement to the game itself. Here selected elements of the page are updated continuously without having to update all of the displayed content at the same time. This provides a palpable increase in speed in events revolving around the player’s own planets.

The OGame success story started way back in 2002 and, thanks to one of the international online gaming scene’s largest communities, continues to grow in popularity. The free browser game combines elements from economic simulations and real-time strategy games and is suitable for young and old alike. OGame lets the player assume the role of an intergalactic ruler. Their task is to expand their influence to encompass an ever-growing number of galaxies using different strategies, trade and military activities.
Like all Gameforge games, OGame can be played absolutely free of charge. Simply register at www.ogame.co.uk and start play immediately.

About OGame

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;OGame is a browser-based and completely free-to-play strategy game set in a science-fiction universe. Players create an economic and military infrastructure with the ambition of facilitating the newest technological advancements. Through the construction of metal, crystal and deuterium, the player&amp;amp;amp;#039;s empire grows and thrives: other players can be attacked and their resources can be looted from the debris of their planet. Players can join together in an alliance to work as a team against aggressive planets, to share resources or in times of war, share fleets with one another. Having been in existence since 2002, OGame is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and in doing so, can be counted as a veteran amongst browser games.&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

About Gameforge

With more than 20 titles and over 450 million registered players, Gameforge is the leading provider of free-to-play massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) in the western hemisphere. Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, the group offers its games in more than 75 countries. Their portfolio includes a bundle of established gaming industry brands, including client-based titles such as award-winning role-playing game AION Free-to-Play and TERA as well as Europe’s most successful MMO, Metin2. In future, the varied offering will be expanded by action-rich Anime MMORPG SoulWorker; Popular browser-based games such as OGame and Ikariam complete their offering. More information available at http://corporate.gameforge.com/.

Title: OGame
Genre: Strategy MMO
Platform: Browser, iPad
Release Date: 2002
Developer: Gameforge

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