-Company Announces Server Deployment in Amsterdam, Netherlands-
This new server is the latest in a succession of localization efforts for the European and Asian markets, including additional payment options. The first European server launched in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2001, to resounding success and now hosts more than 2,000 simultaneous users nightly.
“Expanding our global online gaming community has been a top priority since day one,” said Scott McDaniel, vice president marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. “Now with our international efforts to localize EverQuest, we can continue to expand the reach of the game and increase our player base worldwide.”
Over the past twelve months, SOE has actively expanded its international presence. The Station® (www.station.com), a leading online gaming destination, is now translated into Japanese, French, and German. Now boasting more than 40 fun-filled games, effortless navigation, and an easy-to-use interface, more than 12 million gamers flock to Station.com for the best in online gaming.
The Amsterdam server is the second deployment in the European market following the November launch of the EverQuest UK server. Additionally Sony Online Entertainment recently announced a partnership with NCsoft to host EverQuest on its game servers in Korea. Deploying additional EverQuest game servers in new markets allows faster game-play for International audiences. Faster game-play coupled with in-game translation enhances the over-all EverQuest experience by facilitating enjoyment and ease-of-play for the international player.
EverQuest continues to grow with top-selling expansions The Ruins of Kunark and The Scars of Velious and The Shadows of Luclin. With new player features and improved graphics, EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin is the most extensive expansion pack yet offered.
Sony Online Entertainment recently announced the latest expansion to the critically acclaimed EverQuest series, EverQuest: The Planes of Power. Due to launch this fall, The Planes of Power will give players access to the most powerful deities in all of Norrath. During peak periods, more than 98,000 adventurers and dragon slayers have explored the world of Norrath simultaneously.
EverQuest currently has more than 425,000 subscribers. SOE recently launched Legends, a premium server offering EverQuest players additional features including player profiles and enhanced navigation tools. Demand for Legends was so high that the server reached capacity in the first month after its launch
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