Sierra and America Online announce agreement to launch The Realm; Medieval fantasy adventure world opens up to AOL members.BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 1996--Sierra On-Line Inc., the marketshare leader of the PC entertainment industry, and America Online See AOL. , the nation's largest online service, today announced an agreement to develop and launch The Realm, an open-ended online adventure environment.
Scheduled to release this summer, The Realm is a medieval fantasy Medieval fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that encompasses medieval era high fantasy and sometimes simply represents fictitious versions of historic events. This subgenre is common among role-playing games, text-based roleplaying, and high-fantasy literature. world that will allow thousands of players to interact with one another in a real-time graphic adventure setting. Combining the social elements of chat with the visual and exploration components of Sierra's adventure and role playing games See CRPG. , The Realm will allow AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. members to embark on a completely new kind of quest.
Unlike the visual chat environments or text-based MUDs (multi-user dungeons) currently available, The Realm will enable players to immerse themselves in an evolving adventure fantasy. Players will create characters by choosing gender, physical attributes, clothing, personality characteristics and special skills.
Once players define their characters, they'll explore a seemingly limitless environment, talking with other players, embarking on adventure-type quests, using magic and spells to combat evil, and gathering inventory objects to be used in puzzle solving. Designed to appeal to both new and seasoned computer users, The Realm promises a new experience every time the user logs on.
"This agreement allows us to bring The Realm to America Online's more than 5 million subscribers, the largest online audience in the world," said Scott Lynch For the fantasy author, see .
Scott Lynch is a chief operating officer at the video game developer Valve Corporation. Prior to joining Valve, Scott was Senior Vice President at Havas Interactive where he created and managed the Sierra Studios business unit publishing a number of , director of online content at Sierra. "From the ground up, The Realm was designed specifically to take advantage of online environments. One of the really dynamic elements of this game is that it constantly evolves as players interact with their environment and one another. We believe The Realm will set new standards for online gaming See gaming. ."
"This agreement reaffirms our commitment to providing the most entertaining and engaging game content for our members," said Ted Leonsis, president of the America Online Services Co. "Through The Realm, members can express their individuality and further personalize the online experience."
The Realm is currently in beta testing (programming) beta testing - Testing a pre-release (potentially unreliable) version of a piece of software by making it available to selected users. This term derives from early 1960s terminology for product cycle checkpoints, first used at IBM but later standard throughout the on the Internet and can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.realmserver.com.
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AMER Asociación Mexicana de Estaciones Radiodifusoras ), based in Vienna, Va., is the largest and fastest-growing provider of online services in the world, with more than 5.5 million members. Through its services, AOL offers its subscribers a wide variety of services including electronic mail, conferencing, software, computing support, interactive magazines and newspapers, and online classes, as well as easy and affordable access to services on the Internet.
Founded in 1985, AOL today has a global work force consisting of nearly 5,000 people. Personal computer owners can obtain America Online software at major retailers and bookstores or by calling 800/827-6364.
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