Crytek technology will help form the foundations of a major new project as CryENGINE licensees XLGAMES work with 2K, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, to develop Civilization Online; an MMO of the world famous Civilization franchise.
Civilization Online is based on the best-selling turn-based strategy game series, Civilization, created by the legendary game designer Sid Meier. The Civilization series is known for its addictive and engaging “just-one-more-turn” gameplay. Using CryENGINE 3, XLGAMES is developing the franchise title into an MMO (Massively Multi-player Online game) that expresses outdoor environments outstandingly to create a new genre of online game bolstered by the unique heritage of Civilization.
Areil Cai, Crytek’s Director of Business Development - CryENGINE, said: “As a series, Civilization has stood the test of time and continued to captivate gamers down the years. We believe that with CryENGINE technology, XLGAMES’ experience in the online arena and the rich gameplay opportunities offered by Civilization, Civilization Online will be a perfect combination of the three.”
CryENGINE licensees since 2007, XLGAMES have already used Crytek’s all-in-one development tool in the creation of ArcheAge; an MMORPG released earlier this year in South Korea and Japan. Civilization Online is currently in development, and the first release is scheduled for Korea.
Crytek GmbH (“Crytek”) is an independent company at the forefront of the interactive entertainment industry, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating standout experiences for Xbox 360™, Playstation®3, PC, mobile devices and games-as-service using their cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CryENGINE®.
The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Crytek also has studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea), Nottingham (UK), Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey) and Austin (USA).
Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has consistently been recognized for excellence in its field, earning accolades such as the 2011 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio and two Red Dot Design Awards. Its multi-award winning games include Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards), Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010) and Warface (awarded Best Social/Casual/Online Game of Gamescom 2012). For more information, please visit www.crytek.com.
XLGAMES was founded in 2003 by the iconic Korean developer Jake Song (Korean name – Song Jae Kyung), the developer of Lineage and The Kingdom of the Winds. XLGAMES developed Dynamic MMORPG ArcheAge, which aims to be a game where players can pioneer and evolve their own world with their free will. ArcheAge is signed for distribution in China with Tencent, Japan with GameOn, and Taiwan, HongKong, Macao with GigaMedia. ArcheAge first introduced its signature features through G-Star, the largest game show in Korea, in 2010. The company is also developing the Civilization franchise into an MMO, Civilization Online.’. For more information, please visit www.xlgames.com/en
Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, which are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s most popular gaming genres, including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment. The 2K label has some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, Irrational Games, 2K Marin, 2K Australia, 2K Czech, Cat Daddy Games and 2K China. 2K’s stable of high quality titles includes the critically acclaimed BioShock®, Borderlands™ and XCOM® franchises, the beloved Sid Meier’s Civilization series, the popular WWE 2K franchise and NBA 2K, the #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise*. 2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). For more information, please visit www.2K.com.