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Wizard101

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Gameforge (EU), KingsIsle Entertainment (US)
Developer: KingsIsle Entertainment
Release Date: Late 2010

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'Wizard101' Celebrates Second Anniversary, Claims Ten Million Subscribers, Preps Expansion

by Rainier on Sept. 2, 2010 @ 7:57 a.m. PDT

Wizard101 is an elaborate 3D virtual world in which magic and sorcery come to life as players embark on a quest that involves a massive cast of good, evil and frequently silly characters.

Wizard101 features fantasy adventure and collectible card-style game play plus fun arcade mini-games. Under the direction of noted online game developer J. Todd Coleman, Wizard101 has been designed for collaborative play in which players benefit from playing together. A tiered chat system and pre-defined naming system is in place to create a safe online environment for tween and teen audiences while still providing engaging entertainment for the entire family.

As part of the character creation process, players will take a quiz to determine which of Ravenwood's seven schools of magic best suits their personality before they begin to collect and cast spells summoning imaginary and frequently silly cinematic creatures. As the player adventures through 3D environments encountering scenarios and characters based on history, mythology, pop culture and pure fantasy they will be able to upgrade their costume and magical accessories, adopt bizarre pets, solve puzzles, make friends and more.

Wizard101's collaborative play style supports an environment where players benefit from working together in adventure quests. A tiered chat system and pre-defined character name generator create a safe community for younger players while an Arena provides a spot for more traditional gamers to show off their player versus player spell-casting skills. As they adventure, players can upgrade their costume and magical accessories, adopt bizarre pets, solve puzzles and play mini-games. At launch, Wizard101 will be free to play, with advanced play content available by subscription.

“When we launched Wizard101 two years ago, the team knew we had something very special on our hands,” said Elie Akilian, chairman and CEO of KingsIsle Entertainment. “However, we believe that the success we’ve seen, while extraordinary, is just the beginning. The number of talented professionals working to bring great new content and capabilities to Wizard101 continues to grow. For everyone who loves and plays this game, it will just keep getting better.”

In early Fall, the next chapter in the Wizard101 story will begin with the introduction of the world of Celestia, the game’s largest and most ambitious expansion to date. In Celestia, Wizards will achieve new heights of power as they progress to level 60, discover extraordinary new spells, venture beneath the ocean and learn the deepest secrets of long-forgotten magic. 

To promote the launch of the new world, later this month KingsIsle will launch a quest featuring one of the hottest teen icons on the planet. The quest, which will introduce players to new underwater environments and preview features of the upcoming Celestia expansion, will be available to all players in the game.

Wizard101 raced past the 10-million player mark in June and continues to grow every day,” said J. Todd Coleman, vice president and creative director of Wizard101. “This is an amazing time for KingsIsle, as Wizard101 seems to have hit a tipping point. With the upcoming launch of Celestia, the future looks incredibly exciting.” 

Features include:

  • Extensive magical 3D world where players team up with friends and carry out quests to save Wizard City from the forces of Evil.
  • Collectible card-style duels that come to cinematic life as players cast spells alongside fellow and rival students.
  • More than 101 collectible spells summon zany creatures such as Humongofrog, Evil Snowman and Stormzilla.
  • Seven different schools of magic, each with its own unique style and storyline.
  • Many witty scenarios and characters based on history, mythology and pop culture.
  • The ability to adopt magical pets, like a tiny dragon or flying pig.
  • Puzzles and mini-games that challenge the player to earn crystals and enchanted items.
  • New outfits and accessories to earn for your customizable Wizard character.

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