PLANO, Texas, Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Yo Ho, Ahoy and Avast! KingsIsle Entertainment today launched its second game Pirate101, the highly anticipated follow-up title to the massively successful Wizard101. The game enables players to take the helm of their very own pirate ship and explore a grand story of intrigue and mystery. The vast and breathtaking skyways of the Spiral are now open for adventure!
"The launch of Pirate101 is a significant event for KingsIsle," said Elie Akilian, chairman and CEO of KingsIsle Entertainment. "It showcases our creative talent and our ability to develop and publish multiple compelling online family entertainment properties."
"The overwhelming popularity of Wizard101 has raised the bar for our sophomore effort – and anticipation for Pirate101 has reached a fever pitch," said J. Todd Coleman, vice president and creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment. "We believe that Pirate101 will be received with the same level of enthusiasm as Wizard101 and will establish KingsIsle as the clear leader in online family gaming."
Today's announcement marks the beginning of a seven day head start for paying Pirate101 members and Beta players. Free-to-play access for Pirate101 will begin on October 15.
Today also marks the beginning of retail availability for Pirate101 game cards across the United States. At launch, KingsIsle has partnered with GameStop to offer a variety of Pirate101 and Wizard101 game card options at point of sale. Anyone who purchases a Pirate101 game card from any retail partner will be eligible for head start access prior to October 15. More information about Pirate101 prepaid game cards can be found at https://www.pirate101.com/free_game/prepaid_game_cards.
"As part of our on-going effort to efficiently deliver new digital content in our stores, we are thrilled to partner with KingsIsle as they launch their second major title, Pirate101," said Brad Schliesser, GameStop's Director of Retail Digital Distribution. "Wizard101 cards are consistently some of the most popular game cards and customers who shop our stores will be able to use cash, gift cards and trade credit towards their purchase."
Pirate101 is an online world filled with adventure for the whole family. Rated E10+, Pirate101 is designed to be accessible and appropriate for younger players, while simultaneously entertaining and challenging for players of all ages. For more information, please visit https://www.pirate101.com.
About KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.
KingsIsle Entertainment is a developer and publisher that specializes in creating high-quality massively multiplayer online games which provide entertainment for the entire family. Wizard101, KingsIsle's first major property, received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Media Seal of Approval in 2009 and has been recognized by the National Parenting Publications Awards. Wizard101 was named Best MMO of 2010 by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine, Best Family MMO of the Decade by Massively.com and the #1 Best Family Game of 2009 by MMORPG.com. The company's experienced and creative team is raising the bar in online entertainment by offering products with rich storylines, friendly navigation, top-quality art and fully-voiced characters. KingsIsle is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has a development studio in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.kingsisle.com.
KingsIsle and Wizard101 are trademarks or registered trademarks of KingsIsle Entertainment Inc.
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