Virtrium LLC - Rick Simmons, President / CEO, rick.simmons@virtrium.com


April 1, 2012 PHOENIX, Arizona - Virtrium LLC is pleased to announce the pending release of a new content update for Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted.

Istaria is an online game world where Dragons with flight, as well as races without flight, including Dwarves, Dryads, Elves, Fiends, Gnomes, Half-Giants, Saris, Satyr, and Sslik. In talking with Istaria’s development team, it’s been noted that, “having some grounded races and some with flight is one of the biggest, if not biggest, challenge for balancing the overall game.” The Enlightened Races is a way introduce flight to all races of Istaria.

Enlightened Races will introduce players to a quest series that will allow them to gain flight. Planned for when a biped reaches level 50 with their first adventuring school, the quest series will extend through level 100, where at the end the bipedal character will have earned wings and the ability to fly.

The development team is looking forward to this update, as it is offers a paradigm shift in playing a bi-pedal character in a fantasy world, and further differentiates Istaria as an MMO that defines the genre.

More information about Istaria can be found at http://www.istaria.com/

ABOUT VIRTRIUM - Virtrium LLC, founded in July 2006, is a privately held software development company founded to support the games and technology behind the massively multi-player online games market. Virtrium brings real, applied experience in technology design, development and implementation for the software and techniques behind MMO products – as well as experience behind product launch and continued development in a live, production environment. The company's mission is to provide software technologies and support services that enable the growth of niche entertainment products within the massively multi-player online games market. To find out more about Virtrium LLC, visit http://www.virtrium.com.

ABOUT ISTARIA: CHRONICLES OF THE GIFTED - Released in December 2003 as Horizons: Empire of Istaria and renamed in 2008 as Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted, Istaria boasts a dedicated following of players worldwide. 2008 saw a significant crafting expansion, massive plot revamp and the re-branding as Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted, demonstrating Virtrium's deep commitment to expand development and re-establish story as a significant feature of the game world. The ability to play as a flying Ancient Dragon, coupled with comprehensive crafting and community construction, allows Istaria fans to experience, explore and create a world epic in scope. Players are able to take on the role of Dragon, or one of 10 other races ranging from the lawful Elf to dark Fiends, as well as more unusual forms, such as the cat-like Saris and horned Satyr. For more information on Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted, visit http://www.istaria.com