'Dark Age of Camelot: Trials of Atlantis' Begins Beta Testing!

by Thomas on Sept. 26, 2003 @ 11:43 a.m. PDT

Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game 'Dark Age of Camelot,' announced today that the game's latest expansion pack, 'Trials of Atlantis,' has entered 'Beta 3,' the first large-scale beta test. This expansion pack to the winner of Online Game of the Year from Computer Games Magazine and Computer Gaming World introduces a slew of graphical upgrades to behold, a newly revealed half-submerged continent to explore and a series of epic trials to complete.

"'Trials of Atlantis' delivers next-generation graphics, extraordinary new lands and races, and a Master Level system that further extends the player's gaming experience," said Mark Jacobs, president and CEO of Mythic Entertainment. "We have once again set the standard for expansion packs while raising the bar for MMORPGs."

About 'Dark Age of Camelot: Trials of Atlantis'

"Trials of Atlantis," the expansion to "Dark Age of Camelot," opens a whole new world in the critically-acclaimed massively-multiplayer online role-playing game. With "Trials of Atlantis," players can discover and rediscover a secret civilization spread across multiple islands and now submerged deep in the ocean. Foreseeing the demise of their society, the ancient people of Atlantis, possessors of extremely powerful magical lore, built a series of Trials into the ruins of their once great culture. Players can now take on the nine trials and unlock new mysterious powers while mastering the perilous ocean and confronting terrifying monsters.

"Trials of Atlantis" is designed to further challenge high-level players by introducing a Master Level advancement system. As a player moves sequentially through each of the nine trials, they will achieve a corresponding Master Level. Emphasizing group play, the trials will have to be tackled by groups of players. Players are able to travel by boat, explore islands within the ruins, swim to submerged dungeons, and battle new creatures in underwater caves. Additionally, "Trials of Atlantis" features three new races, dozens of original monsters, as well as quests to discover and treasures to reclaim.

"Trials of Atlantis" brings many graphical upgrades to "Dark Age of Camelot." It utilizes NDL's state-of-the-art Gamebryo graphic engine and is now DirectX 9 compatible, giving it access to the latest graphical spell, world, and underwater effects. Many of these graphical upgrades extend to the game's orginal lands as well as the new Atlantis continent. High-definition terrain textures and new extremely high-definition trees now render Camelot landscapes in realistic detail, even in the game's older areas. Additional graphics upgrades in "Trials of Atlantis" include a new user-skinable interface, new high-polygon monster models, and many new spell and lighting effects.

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