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Playnet.com to host massively multiplayer DarkSpace universe

by Rainier on Dec. 7, 2001 @ 4:16 p.m. PST

Playnet Inc. and Palestar Inc. are announcing that the upcoming pay-for-play release of the massively multiplayer online game, DarkSpace will be available at the online game destination, Playnet.com.

DarkSpace takes place in a tumultuous universe of political infighting, economic sanctions and diplomatic posturing. All of the major factions have definite hostility towards one another, but a few splinter outposts are staying neutral, at least initially, to determine their best interest. In the midst of turmoil and civil unrest, players start as an ensign, piloting smaller craft and will eventually work their way up to a grand admiral controlling a capital ship and plotting maneuvers in one of the three
initial factions

Hundreds of players will join together online in a fast paced struggle for mankind's destiny. Individual mission goals will vary and successful completion of objectives will alter the galaxy toward that faction's favor. The galaxy can be altered directly by concerted player effort. By cooperation within a faction or group, players will achieve scenario objectives and push back the rival factions. Random events are possible and will definitely require player cooperation to save the chosen faction from obliteration.

The DarkSpace universe is alive with many different subplots. Humans are the dominant species of each beginning scenario, but more advanced scenarios will feature diverse alien races and advanced technologies. Numerous neutral characters will focus on their own agendas in this seemingly crowded galaxy and the player will be forced to deal with circumstances that this creates.

Playnet.com's Executive Producer Al Corey said, "We are very excited to be adding DarkSpace to our lineup of games and launching this terrific independent title. DarkSpace has a huge following and we look forward to serving the players."

Richard Lyle, Palestar President and Lead Programmer commented on the partnership, "All of us at Palestar and those who have helped us along the way are very pleased to join Playnet in this partnership to bring DarkSpaceT to the masses. We are very appreciative of the large fan support for our debut title and hope that the final launch and forthcoming new factions and scenarios will be worth the wait."

DarkSpace will be available at Playnet.com starting December 17th, 2001 for a $9.99 monthly subscription. The DarkSpace client is a FREE download and offers both a tutorial and a demo mode to preview the game experience. Visit PLAYNET or DARKSPACE site for more details.

About Playnet Inc.

Playnet, Inc is an Internet technologies company that specializes in design and development of massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) at its in-house software development studio, Cornered Rat Software (CRS); and through its Playnet.com division, operates an independent Internet-based online publishing center and interactive entertainment destination website, www.playnet.com that offers dynamic and customizable global delivery of a channelized line up of e-content, games, and advertising products through its own web sites and dozens of affiliated game and content sites. Established in April of 1999 and located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas, Playnet has positioned itself as a competitive player in the dynamic and largely untapped online multi-player games market.

About Palestar Inc.

Austin-based Palestar was founded back in 1999 by a small group of dedicated and talented industry professionals whose primary goal is to create fun and exciting games that are played online over the Internet. Palestar owns all rights, title and interests to its proprietary 3D engine called "Medusa" (and its Resourcer) and to the product DarkSpace.

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