SAN DIEGO, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced a new partnership with Gamerica, Brazil's largest game publisher, to bring the award-winning massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) PlanetSide®2 to Brazil. The publishing agreement will also utilize Brazil's leader in game monetization, UOL BoaCompra, to provide local payment methods for PlanetSide 2. Gamerica will debut PlanetSide 2 at the Brazil Game Show in Sao Paulo Oct. 25 to 29 at booth PD3.
The international partnership grants Gamerica exclusive PC publishing rights for PlanetSide 2 in Brazil and ensures that dedicated servers, local customer support and payment gateways – through UOL BoaCompra – will be provided for the game exclusively in Brazil. Gamerica will also host PlanetSide 2 at planetside2.gamerica.uol.com.br to provide Brazilian gamers with easy, localized access. Launched under the free-to-play model, PlanetSide 2 players are granted basic access to the game free of charge so they can choose to play in a way that suits them best, and make purchases in-game using their preferred payment methods in their country.
"PlanetSide 2 set a new standard for shooters and online games last year. With its unmatched size and massive scale battles, the war on Auraxis has only just begun," said Louis Figueroa, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Sony Online Entertainment. "Our global player community is extremely important to us and SOE is committed to expanding the reach of our game experiences and support. BoaCompra and Gamerica consistently exceed their stellar reputation, and we are confident that players in Brazil will have superior local support with this partnership."
PlanetSide 2 includes all the groundbreaking features from the original title, along with features that core gamers have come to expect out of the FPS and MMO genres. The game was developed using SOE's state of the art next generation MMO engine – ForgeLight™. The use of a new technology and the latest physics processing capabilities allow for unprecedented realism in massive battles, with thousands of players banding together to win control of critical territories and key resources for their Empire.
"PlanetSide 2 is the best performing micro transaction-driven game of all time for Sony Online Entertainment and its popularity is growing worldwide. Sony Online Entertainment provides an excellent addition to our online game offerings and is evident of our commitment to transform current game product offerings into a truly global portfolio," said Christian Ribeiro, CEO and Founder of UOL BoaCompra.
Julian Migura, Director of Global Business Development for UOL BoaCompra also added, "We anticipate that aligning with Sony Online Entertainment and bringing PlanetSide 2 to our network will result in a positive increase of page views, players and revenues. We're excited to bring yet another awesome product to our customer base and give our players access to PlanetSide 2 using their preferred payment method."
"PlanetSide 2 players are some of the most dedicated and passionate gamers in the world, so we are taking every measure to maintain the fidelity of this critically acclaimed title as we adapt it to Portuguese," said Byong Hwang Kang, Director of Operations of Gamerica. "PlanetSide 2 raised the bar for the MMOFPS genre, and we are confident that our community will receive the same robust in-game experience as current players."
About PlanetSide 2
PlanetSide 2 offers an unparalleled free-to-play gaming experience where players battle in massive environments alongside and against thousands of others engaging in intense air and ground combat that spans the alien planet of Auraxis. Players join one of three Empires – Terran Republic, New Conglomerate or Vanu Sovereignty – to fight in an epic war for ultimate control and territory domination. With advanced technology, years of gamer feedback, and SOE's new proprietary MMO game engine ForgeLight™, PlanetSide 2 offers a truly competitive and visceral FPS experience with massive warfare, massive customization and massive community.
Across the continents of Auraxis, thousands of players come together in enormous battles to win control of critical territories and key resources for their empire. With an extensive skill tree and free-form class-based system, players are able to customize their soldier, weapons and vehicles to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or empire. Battles have lasted for days or weeks, so players must build alliances and specialized combat outfits to take on long-term strategic and tactical initiatives. Featuring aircraft and ground vehicles, as well as infantry combat, the battles are larger and more intense than ever before. More information on PlanetSide 2 can be found here: http://www.PlanetSide2.com.
Gamerica is the game publishing division of UOL, the world's largest Portuguese language web portal reaching more than 70 percent of Brazil's internet audience and ranked as a top Alexa 100 website globally. As part of UOL, the company publishes and localizes online games in Brazil such as PlanetSide 2, RuneScape 3, Cabal, Magic Campus and Red Crucible 2, among others. Gamerica's games and customer service are available in several languages throughout Latin America, Portugal and Spain. To learn more visit www.gamerica.com.br.
About UOL BoaCompra
UOL BoaCompra is the largest online games company in Latin America specializing in monetizing online games while offering and servicing more than 3,000 games across multiple platforms in LATAM, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. The company aggregates more than 1.2 billion gaming-related page views per month and has more than 120,000 POS across LATAM. Several of the largest gaming companies including Valve, EA, Riot Games, Bigpoint, SmileGate and Aeria Games partner with UOL BoaCompra to bring their games to emerging markets including Brazil and most recently, Turkey. For more information, please visit www.boacompra.com and keep up-to-date on the latest news at http://www.boacompra.eu/blog/.
About Sony Online Entertainment LLC
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games. Best known for its blockbuster hits and franchises, including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, PlanetSide®, Free Realms®, Star Wars®: Clone Wars Adventures™, DC Universe™ Online, and PlanetSide®2, SOE creates, develops and provides compelling online entertainment for a variety of platforms. SOE is building on its proven legacy and pioneering the future of online worlds through creative development and inspired gameplay design for audiences of all ages. To learn more visit www.soe.com.
SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest, Champions of Norrath, PlanetSide, and Free Realms are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
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