, essentially the MMO department of THQ, announced yesterday the beginning of preview Beta testing on May 29th for their up coming MMO Dragonica Online
. Also announced was a partnership with Hypernia Hosting Corporation who will be taking on the task of handling the online hosting duties but with expereince with games from Call fo Duty 4 to PSP titles Hypernia seems like a good choice. This might be the first time your hearing about Dragonica Online
so let me tell you a little bit about it. It is a "kid friendly" Action RPG MMO in the same vain as Maplestory or FreeRealms or one of a dozen different titles looking to get kids hooked on the MMO fever early. With PvP, Guilds, and a party system Dragonica Online
has the basics but I guess if you really want to know what the game is really going to be like you should register for the Beta
THQ*ICE Announces Preview Beta and Names Hypernia Hosting Corporation®
As Online Hosting Provider for ‘Dragonica™ Online’
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 20, 2009 - Online game operator THQ*ICE LLC today announced plans for its Preview Beta Test and that it has selected Hypernia as its online hosting provider for its debut title, Dragonica™ Online (http://dragonica.thqice.com
). Dragonica Online, a free-to-play, micro-transaction-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, merges 3D side-scrolling, fast-paced combat and a comical, yet devastating, skill system and is scheduled for its first public beta offering May 29.
Developed by Barunson Interactive, Dragonica Online is scheduled to launch online and at retail this fall. Gamers looking to get a hands-on sneak peek of the game can register for the Preview Beta Test at http://dragonica.thqice.com
, currently scheduled for May 29. In addition to offering beta test accounts to registered members, THQ*ICE is hosting several Preview Beta contests on its official forums.
“Dragonica Online is our first online offering, and it’s critical to ensure our players have a seamless experience right from the start,” says Eddie Chen, CEO of THQ*ICE. “As a premier
leader in MMO games hosting, Hypernia and its flexible hosting solutions is an ideal partner for us.”
Adds James Vallord-Costa, CEO and co-founder of Hypernia: “We are proud to partner with THQ*ICE and look forward to supporting Dragonica Online. The joint venture of THQ and ICE Entertainment creates an exciting foundation for new MMO experiences, and we look forward to supporting future titles.”
Founded in 2001, Hypernia Hosting Corp® pioneered the Internet data center market with innovative service offerings that would help businesses and individuals take advantage of the speed and global reach of technology and the Internet. Hypernia established its high volume network for intense application hosting in 2002, and continues to be a leading provider of complex Internet hosting for enterprises with mission-critical Internet operations.
About THQ*ICE LLC
THQ*ICE LLC is an online games operator specializing in casual massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. As a joint venture between THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and ICE Entertainment, THQ*ICE combines THQ's product development and retail publishing expertise with ICE's technology and service operations experience. THQ*ICE is dedicated to building an online platform of high quality games and premium content featuring free-to-play, micro transaction models. Dragonica Online and its respective logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ*ICE LLC in the U.S.