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


July 30, 2012 PHOENIX, Arizona - Virtrium LLC today announced that they have recently released a content update that included a major overhaul of player communities across the land of Istaria.

The ability to own and build on your own plot is a major part of the play experience in Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted. Players often work in cooperation with one another to build whole communities where they can gather to craft and roleplay in the world of Istaria. And due to the introduction of new plot structures over the last few years, the original minimum size plot was no longer really feasible.

“We took a hard look at player communities across the world of Istaria to determine what plots were selling and what ones were not. From there, we’ve come up with a new “minimum target size” for plots based on a number of factors.” according to Heather Rothwell. “Our goal is to have communities with fewer plots that are larger in size so that each individual player can do more with the plot they own. We want a system where players feel they are getting something they can really take time and build on for both functionality and appearance. And the small plots in the world just weren't making that possible.”

The new minimum size for plots is around 6400 meters as opposed to the old minimum of 1600 meters. And while there is still more work to be done to increase plots to this size, this update takes a large step to attaining that goal.

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