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Good Old Games Brings 'Realms of Arkania' Back to Life

by Rainier on Sept. 25, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Realms of Arkania, a PC game trilogy based on a famous and successful German pen-and-paper RPG, is arriving at GOG.com compatible with modern operating systems and DRM-free. A bundle including the first two parts of the series, Blade of Destiny and Star Trail, is now available for a mere $5.99.

Realms of Arkania is a great example of the classic RPG, in which the player creates a party of six characters who travel through a 3D world full of towns, dungeons, secrets and enemies. The series was based on Germany's most popular pen-and-paper RPG, The Dark Eye, and takes place in the fantasy universe of Aventurien. As the leader of a group of heroes, it's up to the player to maintain peace in the land. The game features an extensive and detailed statistics system that defines every character controlled by the player. The series’ appeal was very well described in a review by UK's The One magazine: “it'll no doubt cause RPG addicts to perform cartwheels.” Star Trail, the second installment, was named best RPG of the year in the United States by three independent magazines. The different parts of the Arkania trilogy have garnered more than 70 awards internationally.

“Thanks to the collaboration between GOG and attic, we are proud to present XP and Vista compatible versions of the Realms of Arkania series in English for the first time, exclusively at GOG.com,” said Jochen Hamma, Managing Director of attic Entertainment Software GmbH. “It’s been a pleasure working with GOG.com as a partner, as the company is run by dedicated gamers and supports the RPG genre extensively.”

“If we think about the genres that made PC games so popular, we have to point to RPGs as one of the most influential, and Realms of Arkania is one great RPG series,” said Adam Oldakowski, Managing Director of GOG.com. “GOG.com is a gathering place for a lot of classic RPG fans, so the addition of the Realms of Arkania trilogy to our catalogue should be great news for our users.”

Realms of Arkania 1+2 is already available for download at GOG.com for $5.99, DRM-free and compatible with Windows XP and Vista. The third part of the series will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.

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