ArtCraft Entertainment’s Crowfall Cracks Kickstarter Top 20 Video Games, Announces Recruitment of Key Hire !


Highly anticipated MMO breaks into Kickstarter Top 20; Company announces hiring of former Eve Online executive, Valerie Massey

AUSTIN, Texas, March 18, 2015 — Independent game developer ArtCraft Entertainment, Inc. announced today that Crowfall™, the highly-anticipated “Throne War Simulator” MMO, is now one of the 20 highest-funded video game projects ever on kickstarter.com. Additionally, the campaign is the most funded video game of the past 12 months, amassing more than $1.2 million from more than 12,500 backers with a week left in the campaign.

Co-founder and Creative Director J. Todd Coleman explains, “Kickstarter remains the unchallenged leader when it comes to crowdfunding for games. Crowfall’s success confirms that the right team, with the right vision, can still incite passion and gain significant momentum.”

On to the strength of this campaign, the company also announced today the hiring of well-known community developer Valerie “Pann” Massey, who formerly served as the senior director of public relations and communication at CCP Games (creators of the venerable EVE Online).

“Our vision is to create a game that feels like a blend between EVE Online and Game of Thrones. Valerie’s experience with EVE Online makes her the perfect person to help us build this community,” said ArtCraft’s Co-founder and President Gordon Walton. “Her experience and our game are a perfect fit.”

Massey will take the role of director of community management, acting as a customer advocate and key liaison to the burgeoning Crowfall community. “When it came to MMOs, I felt like the magician’s assistant who has seen the lady get sawed in half too many times,” explained Massey. “The magic was gone. But when I heard about the concept for Crowfall, I saw something unique on the horizon at last. I had to be a part of it.”

A new type of online experience, Crowfall is a “Massively Multiplayer Online Throne War Simulator.” Players take the role of kings, queens, mercenaries and assassins in a simulation of a feudal world that includes castle building, siege equipment and territorial conquest system.

Founded by two of the most experienced executives in the history of online gaming, ArtCraft Entertainment is the combined effort of J. Todd Coleman (director, Shadowbane, Wizard101, Pirate101) and Gordon Walton (executive producer, Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Star Wars: the Old Republic). The stated goal of ArtCraft Entertainment is to “push the design of Massively Multiplayer Online games in bold new directions.”

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DUST 514 Launch Heralds New Era of First-Person Shooters !

The Uprising Begins: PlayStation®3 Gamers Worldwide Gain the Power to Topple Empires, Free of Charge

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – 05-14-2013 CCP Games, the leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, today launched DUST 514®, the world’s first free-to-play, multiplayer first-person shooter on a console. The battle for dominance of the EVE Universe escalates to new heights today as DUST mercenaries forge their paths to fame and fortune in a PlayStation ®3 exclusive.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Launch is only the beginning of the journey for DUST 514 players. As with CCP’s first game, EVE Online®, DUST 514 is an ever-evolving game as a service, built on the technical foundation and experience CCP has gathered over the past decade. New features, content, and upgrades are planned for years to come, beginning with an update in June and additional major releases throughout 2013. All updates to DUST 514 come at no cost, truly keeping the game free-to-play for all players.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

DUST 514 has been forged by the willpower and skills of the players who have joined us on the journey to launch, and the talent and determination of our development teams around the world,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. “We are now poised for the next phase of development of DUST 514 and the EVE Universe. We are off to a fantastic start, and ahead is the opportunity to expand even further what games can become. After a decade of preparing for this moment, we will at last see the emerging society of DUST players begin to fight gun-and-grenade for planetary dominance, alongside their EVE Online brethren. For all we have done so far, our best moments are yet to come.”Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

DUST 514 is a new breed of first-person shooter, which in addition to tight gunplay features a path to unlimited dropsuit fittings and customization options, taking the player to new dimensions of character progression. The end result is a unique tactical advantage that will allow mercenaries to push DUST 514 beyond the bounds set by the game’s creators, and arm them with the ability to impact their war on a galactic scale.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

DUST 514 is also fully integrated with the notorious sci-fi setting of EVE Online, a massive game universe that recently surpassed a half-million subscribers worldwide and which has been growing and expanding for a decade. Together, DUST 514 and EVE Online offer a combined sandbox of unprecedented intergalactic scale, with the outcome of ground battles impacting the persistent universe of EVE and shifting the tide of war for legions of participants. Mercenaries can gain advantage by coordinating with starship pilots in EVE Online, calling in devastating orbital strikes against opposing squads.Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

The fortunes of DUST 514 players will rise and fall as they align themselves with like-minded warriors to make their mark across the EVE Universe. Players join forces with their fellow DUST mercenaries and EVE Online capsuleers to form player-run corporations and alliances, conquer planets and solar systems one battle at a time, and claim their own pieces of New Eden to serve the greater good – or their own ambitions!Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFree Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us

Coinciding with the launch of DUST 514, CCP will be offering three new item bundles on the PSN Store and the Sony Entertainment Network Store:

·         Mercenary Pack – An updated version of the popular open beta bundle that includes 40,000 Aurum to spend in-game, a 30-day skill booster (+50%), and exclusive gear.  ($19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99)

·         Veteran Pack – Comes with dropsuits, boosters, 100,000 Aurum, a permanent Blood Raider Acolyte vehicle, a deadly sniper rifle, and more. ($49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99)

·         Elite Pack – The ultimate in mercenary preparedness, the Elite Pack offers 200,000 Aurum, boosters, four dropsuits, multiple weapons, a permanent light attack vehicle, and a collection of Heavy Assault Vehicles. ($99.99 / £84.99 / €99.99)

The uprising of DUST 514’s mercenaries has begun, and their impact will leave New Eden forever altered.
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EVE Online: Retribution Launch Trailer (HD)

Retribution, the 18th free expansion to EVE Online, brings Bounty Hunting to the fore with an all new system for putting a price on the heads of your enemies, or collecting on the bounties others have placed on your targets. Exact your vengeance with money or your guns, but either way remember that in EVE Online: Retribution revenge is just the beginning.

EVE Online: Crucible is coming !

Rifter-class frigates after an attack

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15th free expansion for EVE is set for November 29th

Within EVE Online‘s eternal crucible of warfare, politics and industry, even the most passionate and skilled are tested.

November 29th, 2011 will witness impressive evolutions in EVE Online’s graphics, interface and game mechanics with over three dozen updated and improved features based on feedback and challenges put forth by its passionate player community.

This is EVE reforged.

The global melting-pot/universe of player personalities sees a melting pot of improvements to match as CCP laser focuses on getting back to basics with its infamous internet spaceships.

Some of the major improvements players are lauding:

  • Four fan-designed battlecruisers built to deliver swift and effective destruction to the opposition
  • Over a dozen stunningly remade nebulae, changing the look and feel of EVE’s universe completely
  • Other fan-favorite graphical improvements such as engine trails, warp tunnels and shadows
  • Time dilation in fleet flights – adjusting time itself to keep fairness alive when hundreds of players face off against each other
  • 3 new factional captain’s quarters with unique, artistic looks
  • A significant ship rebalancing effort, to bring greater diversity and balance to large and small scale conflicts
  • A lot of small changes – from fonts to UI to Doomsday devices to PvE tweaks

Next week we’ll have a larger breakdown of the features and changes available for press.

More information is available at the Crucible feature page at  www.eveonline.com/crucible and that page will see regular updates as Crucible’s launch grows closer.