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InnoGames Rising Generals Starts Closed Beta Testing

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Hamburg, August 20 — InnoGames continues their successful franchise with the start of the close beta for their highly anticipated game: Rising Generals. Today, a considerable number of pre-registered players will be able to access and take part of real-time battles for the first time. People should check their emails for beta-keys and activate them through beta.risingenerals.com. The German-game developer will also be allowing access to the beta through various social media pages and lotteries for entries. Additionally, players who have not pre-registered yet can do so now atwww.risinggenerals.com to have a chance to get a key. Although the pre-release phase will start with a moderate number of players in the browser version, more players will be allowed gradually while the mobile versions of the game are released in the future.

Rising Generals is a PvP (player versus player) oriented strategy MMO with a Modern Warfare setting. The game is designed for short but intense gaming sessions with a high action focus. There will be no run times for example, but attacks will be executed immediately. Strategic minds have several options to plan them: More than 20 different units from heavy tanks and infantry to helicopters and warplanes have to be chosen and well matched. The game worlds of Rising Generals will have space for up to 40,000 players who can band together in so-called Battle Groups and fight for predominance. Unlockable technologies as well as officers and generals provide helpful bonuses and perks. Real-time 3D animations give each battle a unique feeling and will also provide valuable information about the course of the battle.

To create Rising Generals, InnoGames was supported by game design legend Bruce Shelley, known for his work on Civilization and the Age of Empires series. Shelley worked several months with the team during development and spent time in InnoGames’ Hamburg offices.

With 130 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company employs 340 professionals from 25 nations. InnoGames has scored major success with games such as Tribal WarsGrepolis and Forge of Empires.

Rising Generals Trailer

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Hamburg, June 19, 2014. InnoGames just published a 90 second launch trailer for its upcoming cross-platform strategy MMO Rising Generals. It offers a roundup of the most relevant game features like base building, recruitment and units, as well as espionage. The video includes an animated introduction sequence and a great deal of gameplay material from the browser, tablet and smartphone versions. In Rising Generals, players will be able to use one account for all three platforms: browser, Android and iOS. The game is scheduled to be released this summer. For the video production, InnoGames was supported by Take Off Studios and imascore.

Rising Generals is a PvP (player versus player) oriented strategy MMO with a Modern Warfare setting. The game is designed for short but intense gaming sessions with a strong focus on action. There will be no run times, but attacks will be executed immediately. Strategic minds have several options to plan them: More than 20 different units from heavy tanks and infantry to helicopters and warplanes have to be chosen and well matched. Real-time 3D animations give each battle a unique feeling and will also provide valuable information about the course of the battle.

For the development of Rising Generals, InnoGames was supported in its game design by legend Bruce Shelley, known for his work on Civilization and the Age of Empires series. Shelley worked for several months with the team during development and spent time in InnoGames’ Hamburg offices.

With about 120 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. Currently, the Hamburg-based company employs 340 professionals from 25 nations. InnoGames has scored major success with games such as Tribal WarsGrepolis and Forge of Empires.

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InnoGames Shuts Down Kartuga and Studio Before Game Even Launches

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Hamburg, July 16th, 2013. Today, online games publisher InnoGames and Development Studio Ticking Bomb Games announced the discontinuation of the pirate-MMO Kartuga. Simultaneously the companies’ partnership was disbanded. Regardless of its potential for success, InnoGames’ growing focus on cross-platform-games played a major role in the decision, along with the fact that Kartuga was unable to fulfill high expectations during its recent closed beta. The development studio Ticking Bomb Games will be closed and all employees are offered a shortened application process at InnoGames.

Hendrik Klindworth, CEO of InnoGames states about the decision: “It wasn’t an easy step for us. During the recent months, Ticking Bomb Games and InnoGames have worked hard on the game. Together with Ticking Bomb Games we have come to an agreement: the priority was to have an organized schedule for the studio’s closure, to keep the employees’ needs in mind, and offer as many of them a position at InnoGames as possible – all those things we’ve managed together.”

“Kartuga had a lot of potential, the exciting setting and high-quality graphics stood out especially, but the closed beta and player feedback showed that it wouldn’t fit the companies’ goals for the future. Now InnoGames can focus even more on cross-platform projects currently in development in-house,” Klindworth continued. Two new titles will be announced later this year.

Klindworth reasoned: “Thanks to the partnership with Ticking Bomb Games, we’ve learned a lot we can apply to future projects. It also strengthened our dedication towards cross-platform-titles, which are playable on a number of internet-based devices, as the future of InnoGames.”

With more than 100 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company has scored major successes with games such as Tribal WarsForge of Empires and Grepolis.

InnoGames Unveils E3 2013 Line Up

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Hamburg, June 5, 2013. Online games publisher InnoGames debuts the latest projects in its cross-platform gaming approach at E3 in Los Angeles next week. The company plans to unveil a Forge of Empires iPad app, as well smartphone apps (Android and iOS) for Grepolis. Both projects work together with their existing browser counterparts to create a seamless gaming experience – allowing gamers to play with one account on all devices.

InnoGames CEO Hendrik Klindworth is confident that “cross-platform is definitely the future of gaming. It is technically very challenging to offer a perfect gaming experience for desktop browsers, tablets and smartphones at the same time. On the other hand, there is a lot to gain for those who manage to”, he believes. InnoGames has opted for individual technology decisions for each project. The Grepolis apps utilize Adobe Air, while Cocos2D-X is the framework of choice for the iPad version of Forge of Empires. These technologies enable InnoGames to offer an optimal performance and thereby the best gaming experience for users.

The ambitious cross-platform approach is used to expand the player numbers of the original browser-based company further. “Our mobile versions will be able to compete with the best mobile-exclusive games on the market”, Klindworth explains. Before Grepolis and Forge of Empires, InnoGames began this initiative by releasing the classic browser title Tribal Wars on iOS and Android devices. More than 200,000 users per month are using the apps already. The company also has several projects in the works that will be released as cross-platform at launch-time.

InnoGames has developed and published major browser game titles like Forge of Empires, Tribal Wars and The West. With about 100 million registered users, the German company belongs to the biggest developers and publishers of online games.

Forge of Empires Content Update

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Hamburg, June 4, 2013. InnoGames just released a content update for its popular strategy browser game Forge of Empires. The update contains two new bonus areas in the game’s latest age, the Industrial Era.  The new bonus areas are the toughest yet in Forge of Empires, being very hard to defeat by everyone but the most adept strategists. Conquering these areas will not only provide valuable loot, but also some unique goodies as a reward.

The bonus areas see players fighting against two main villains: the infamous bandit El Hacha Gonzalez, up to stir unrest with his band of outlaws, and Comte Barthelemy Philipeaux, a French general who turns out to be a bit mentally unstable. Adding to the challenge is the introduction of a new unit type. Brave Warriors and Mounted Braves feature the unique skill “Last Stand”. This allows them to become stronger and more resilient the more units of their army have been defeated.

Forge of Empires is a browser-based strategy game, where players, tasked with leading their own city to prosperity can research new technologies, build impressive historical buildings and enlarge their sphere of influence through military campaigns and skillful dealing. The game has just been awarded the title of “Best Browser Game 2013” at the German Computer Game Award (Deutscher Computerspielpreis).

With about 100 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company has scored major successes with games such as Tribal WarsThe Westand Grepolis.

Kartuga Implements Game Updates

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Hamburg, May 31, 2013. Today, InnoGames updated 3D action game Kartuga with improvements coming directly from player feedback in its closed beta. New features in the update include a daily reward system, which allows PvP players to increase their winning bounty on the first win of each day. This “Win of the Day” delivers a huge amount of XP and gold to players – increasing every day. The fifth consecutive “Win of the Day” equals a valuable gift of gems. In addition, InnoGames has made balancing changes of the various classes and skills, and also further improved PvP matchmaking – all which were hot topics for beta testers.

Player feedback for Kartuga has been extremely positive in the closed beta, especially relating to its high-end 3D graphics. “The feedback from the community in recent weeks has been very helpful to our further development,” explains Product Manager Florian Supa. “The beta is an exciting time because it offers the possibility to work together with users to make it exactly what they are looking for.”

The action-packed MMOG Kartuga is based on Unity 3D and focuses strongly on cooperative PvP (player versus player) gameplay with several role-playing elements. As a purely free-to-play online game, users only need a Unity 3D plugin, which is available for all current browsers. Kartuga is InnoGames’ first partnership with its subsidiary company, Ticking Bomb Games, who is responsible for the development of the title.

InnoGames Moving to Larger Office

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Hamburg, May 22, 2013. Today, InnoGames announced it is moving to a larger office in order to prepare for future growth. The Hamburg-based online games developer plans to obtain the new office in the center of the German metropolis in spring 2014. With about 6.600 square meters, the new place provides space for up to 500 employees. This is an increase of about 80 percent – a good foundation for the future growth of the successful company.

“We are happy about this new property, as it gives us room for realizing our future growth plans and creating new job positions in our international team. The new office attracts both Hamburg residents as well as new potential colleagues from all over the world. Hamburg is known as Germany´s gaming capital and we are glad to be able to offer an easy accessible workplace in the city center”, InnoGames COO Michael Zillmer explains. The new rooms also offer a high quality interior and the chance to create a playful and modern office atmosphere.

InnoGames currently employs 230 people from over 20 nations. The company plans to reach its goal of 280 employees until the end of the year. With this, InnoGames would reach the limit of its current building. Besides that, InnoGames´ strong economic growth offers the chance for a dynamic business development: InnoGames wrapped up 2012 as its most successful year ever with a record turnover of 50 Million Euro and wants to top this number in 2013. The company´s most successful games are GrepolisTribal Wars and The West. A few weeks ago, its title Forge of Empires won the “Deutscher Computerspielpreis” for “Best Browsergame”

 

Kartuga Gets 100k Beta Registrations

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Hamburg, March 26, 2013. InnoGames just released initial information on the closed beta of its 3D browser game, Kartuga. The publisher is positively overwhelmed by players’ reception to the game: More than 100,000 players have registered so far, willing to begin their career as fearless pirates. Now the team has summarized first impressions in a developer letter to the Community, saying “thank you” and publishing some numbers – Players have already spent more than 1.76 million minutes, or 3.3 years in the game, buying close to 30 million cannon balls – the subsequent PvE and PvP battles provided InnoGames and developer Ticking Bomb Games with invaluable data, allowing for first updates to improve the games overall stability, matchmaking and PvP.

“No level of internal testing can replace insights of players actually experiencing your game for the first time.” says Product Manager Florian Supa. “And we are proud of the players’ enthusiastic response to the unique formula that is Kartuga. Nonetheless, we got lots of player feedback on how to improve the game. The update we did last week aimed at a more stable experience and fairer PvP.” In the upcoming weeks, the team plans to implement an improved chat window as well as ranking, and rework balancing for PvP and overall progression in order to ensure long-term motivation.

Keys for the closed beta are given out by lotteries amongst all users who registered via www.kartuga.com, but players can also visit InnoGames’ Facebook page to grab keys to enter the game. The closed beta is in English, with several additional language versions to follow in the open beta.

The action-packed MMOG is based on Unity 3D and focuses strongly on cooperative PvP (player versus player) gameplay with several role-playing elements. As a purely free-to-play online game, users only need a Unity 3D plugin, which is available for all current browsers. Kartuga is InnoGames’ first partnership with its subsidiary company, Ticking Bomb Games, who is responsible for the development of the title.

Kartuga to Enter Closed Beta Testing

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Kartuga, the upcoming pirate actioner from InnoGames, will be entering closed beta testing starting on February 27th, 2013. The beta will see all three classes available as well as full customization for each. InnoGames has also revealed that more than 20 of the game’s 40 ship types will be available in the game as well.

Official Press Release

Hamburg, February 21, 2013. InnoGames just announced the closed beta start of its upcoming pirate action game Kartuga. From the 27th on, Players will be able to test Kartuga for the first time – InnoGames will start with a small group of dedicated fans and then expand player numbers as the beta proceeds. The closed beta can be accessed by pre-registering on www.kartuga.com or visiting the InnoGames-Facebook page, where keys will be given out daily.

With the start of the closed beta, InnoGames has released additional information on the features already implemented. All three classes will be playable, along with full customization via 9 skill branches. Also, more than 20 of the game’s targeted 40 ship types will be implemented. Players can already try out both PvP-modes: Domination, a variation of classic king-of-the-hill, and Destruction, a mode where a bomb has to be detonated in the enemy team’s base. Furthermore, five areas of the large open world of Kartuga are accessible, enabling players to encounter NPCs and solve various quests in between PvP-matches.

Kartuga is an Action-MMO with RPG-elements, designed in Unity 3D. At the core of the game, developed by Ticking Bomb Games, is cooperative PvP.  Players can pre-register for closed beta at www.kartuga.com.

With more than 100 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world’s leading developers and providers of online games. The Hamburg-based company has scored major successes with games such as Tribal WarsForge of Empires and Grepolis.