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3DO Announces Successful Launch for JumpgateLimited Edition Key to Problem-Free Launch of Popular Online Game (October 23, 2001)
GameSpot said in its review, "Jumpgate is a deep, well-designed game that incorporates the best elements of space combat simulations and role-playing games." User reviews on Amazon.com and EBgames.com, two of six retailers exclusively carrying the game, average perfect scores of five out of five stars. "This is a game that you can install and play right out of the box," said one player. "If you like the community feeling of a MMORPG and space combat ... then this is the game for you." Commented another player, "Jumpgate has new challenges every time you get in the cockpit."
Before launching at retail, 3DO conducted a highly successful free preview of the game during which thousands of new players earned their stripes exploring the extensive Jumpgate universe, building alliances, trading and battling their adversaries within the game.
"Between an outstanding effort on the part of our internal teams, NetDevil's excellent technology, and a well-managed beta test, we were able to go live on the first day with none of the issues that have plagued so many online games," says Jeff Cretcher, vice president of Internet games for 3DO.
Developed by NetDevil of Louisville, Colo., the Jumpgate game melds the excitement of a space flight simulation with the depth of a persistent online universe. An on-going plot combines combat, trade, mining, aliens, pirates, and more, all set in a constantly evolving 3D universe. Many years ago, the peace and balance of the galaxy were disturbed by a cataclysmic event. The communication between worlds was disrupted and intergalactic travel ceased. The Reconstruction Initiative begins with the discovery of archived technology and the creation of the first stable spatial anomaly, know as a jumpgate. Now three rival factions coexist and brave pilots from each group must navigate the galaxy through a network of jumpgates, trading goods, completing missions and fighting off enemies as the galaxy struggles to recover its glory. Players take up roles within the factions, and their activities affect the course of the game. Visit the game's website at http://jumpgate.3do.com for further information.
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