KARLSRUHE, GERMANY (JANUARY 24, 2019) – Gameforge — the leading publisher of popular free-to-play multiplayer online games including SoulWorker, Aion, and Metin2 — announced today that PC-based Hack ‘n’ Slash MMORPG — Guardians of Ember — will re-launch in early 2019 as a free-to-play title, preceded by a Closed Beta available for limited sign up today. Featuring many improvements and upgrades by Taiwanese developer Runewaker, the creators of Runes of Magic, Guardians of Ember allows players to customize their own heroes and fight the forces of evil in a massively multiplayer open world.
“After the big success of Runes of Magic, we are delighted to be working with Runewaker to publish Guardians of Ember, a title that is a fantastic complement to our strong portfolio of online games,” said Alexander Rösner, CEO of Gameforge. “We look forward to serving Guardians’ existing player base and introducing it to new gamers globally. Thanks to the initial strongly positive reaction to the game’s soft launch in Europe, additional regional servers will be brought online in the coming weeks to deliver an ideal gameplay experience for fans in North America, Latin America, and Asia.”
“We couldn’t have teamed up with a publisher better suited than Gameforge to take the reins of Guardians of Ember,” said Tony Tang, VP Business Development at Runewaker. “We very much look forward to seeing the game grow in popularity by reaching new players and surprise returning players with all of the improvements that we have made and will continue to make.”
Guardians of Ember combines the Hack ‘n’ Slash and MMORPG genres into an action-focused multiplayer online game that is accessible to veterans of and newcomers to either genre. Players choose from among four races and six different character classes with the option to customize their specific skills however they choose, carefully considering their attacks when fighting against foes to inflict maximum damage. Featuring fifty-eight different regions, over sixty randomized dungeons, and foes from all planes of existence, Guardians’ world of Olyndale is vast and filled with challenges. Players may join the crusade to reclaim the holy ember alone or with friends in online parties.
The Guardians of Ember first stood up against evil in the First Shadow War of ages past. Peace followed and united the Human Empire with the Elves, Neia, and Dwarves. However, sinister beings who worship the dark gods continued to reside in the shadows, and the dark forces have been summoned once again. With half of the Human Empire laid to waste, and the threat of war and further destruction looming, only one hope remains – the Ember itself. The “Era of the Holy War” has only just begun.
Through Gameforge, Guardians of Ember will introduce improved gameplay, redesigned quests, enhanced tutorials, expanded character customizations, an improved UI, new regional localization, and more. In 2018, Gameforge acquired the global publishing rights to Guardians of Ember from Insel Games. The re-launch begins with a newly launched Closed Beta, which can be played now by registering through the Guardians of Ember homepage.
Guardians of Ember will ultimately be available in North and South America, throughout Europe, and in select Asian territories. Regional release will roll-out in stages throughout the Closed Beta to commercial launch, as additional servers become available. For more information, please visit https://guardiansofember.gameforge.com.
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