Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Pre-Release Event at iGames Centers


“Vanguard: Saga of Heroes US and European Pre-Release Event at iGames Game Centers Get Early Access to the Highly Anticipated MMORPG Published by Sony Online Entertainment Early Game Play Available At Pre-Release Premiere, Saturday, January 27, 2007

WHAT: Leading game center organization iGames will host a series of special events to celebrate the release of “Vanguard: Saga of Heroes(TM),” the latest massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) published by Sony Online Entertainment and developed by Sigil Games Online.

WHEN: The first event, the pre-release premiere, is scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 27, 2007, four days before the anticipated official release of the game, at participating member game centers. Participants can obtain an official pre-release trial account on the game’s launch servers and play for free for one hour (or, for gamers who have pre-ordered the game, for two hours) at a participating member game center. The pre-release premiere event will be followed by an expanded showcase taking place from January 29-February 11, 2007, allowing “Vanguard” enthusiasts to get a 10-day trial of the game and play for free for one hour during this two-week showcase period.

WHERE: Premiere: Up to 50 select iGames member centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Spain, and the UK. Showcase: Up to 50 additional iGames member centers.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO: At the premiere party consumers will get the opportunity to create a character and play “Vanguard: Saga of Heroes” before the game is publicly released. Promotional accounts can be updated so that players can keep the character they have created if they purchase and subscribe to the game after its public release.

MORE ABOUT THE GAME: Welcome to Telon, a vast and ancient world of magic, intrigue and adventure. Facing the challenges of a war torn world, the diverse people here struggle to rebuild their once great civilizations. A fragile alliance has been struck, with the lands set upon by invading forces, the races must band together to survive. In the north, the sprawling green hills of Thestra are plagued by an unstoppable undead menace. To the south, the deserts of Qalia have been besieged by an elemental threat spawned from the depths of the earth and to the east, inhabitants of the tumultuous jungles of Kojan fiercely battle encroaching otherworldly fiends.

Telon is in desperate need of heroes. Your journey begins now.

Join a community of thousands of players online as you traverse a breathtaking landscape on the back of a dragon as you explore the grandeur of a world designed by the seminal fantasy artist Keith Parkinson. Create and customize your character from 19 races and 15 professions. Combat fierce opponents with a groundbreaking dynamic combat system that forces you to react to your opponents as you tie together devastating combinations of attacks. The challenge awaits the boldest of heroes.

Key Features: • No boundaries: Explore an epic seamless world. From the smallest dungeon to the highest peak, if it can be seen it can be explored. • Limitless customization: In a world of thousands, carve your own unique destiny and appearance with an unparalleled character creator and by choosing one of 19 different races from Orcs and Goblins to Dwarves and Elves. • Forge your own path: Choose from one of 15 exciting professions including Paladin, Ranger, Sorcerer, Psionicist, Bard, and Rogue. • Immersive and interactive: Vanguard’s unique dynamic reactive combat system allows you to build chains of special attacks and reactions with Openers, Bridges, and powerful Finishing moves. • Ride or sail around the world: With dozens of unique mounts to collect, you can race into battle on your warhorse, command the skies on the back of your dragon or join friends and embark on a sea-based adventure to discover faraway lands. • Play your way: Advance your character as an Adventurer, set up your own shop as an Artisan, talk your way to the top as a diplomat or do all three with the same character. • Open Market: Collect essential materials and use skills such as blacksmithing, alchemy and ship building to create valuable and powerful items to sell in your shop. • Home for sale: Make Telon feel like home by staking your claim on a piece of land and furnishing your own house with unique items.

“Vanguard: Saga of Heroes” is rated “T” for “Teen” and carries an MSRP of US$49.99. For more information about the game, please visit  For a complete list of iGames game centers hosting these events, visit  or contact the iGames promotions team at

About iGames iGames, Inc. offers a wide range of services to help independent and franchised game centers. iGames’ mission is to promote and develop the growth of the game center industry. Its services unite game centers with the goal of establishing them as the driving force enabling the interactive entertainment industry to become the number one form of entertainment around the world. iGames has established strong relationships with industry leaders to provide a wide variety of products, services and programs to member game centers and gamers including software licensing, hardware discounts, exclusive game premieres, tournaments, and game nights. Today the company counts well over 500 centers in North America and 1.2 million gamers, initiating and co-organizing more than 200 events a year. To learn more about iGames, go to

About Sony Online Entertainment Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including "EverQuest(R)," "EverQuest(R) II," "Champions of Norrath(R)," "Untold Legends(TM)," and "PlanetSide(R)," as well as for developing "Star Wars Galaxies(TM)," SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

SOE, the SOE logo, "EverQuest" and "PlanetSide" are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. "Untold Legends" is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

About Sigil Games Online Based in Carlsbad, California, Sigil Games Online is a studio dedicated to creating massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. Founded in 2002 by Brad McQuaid and Jeff Butler, key figures in the development of award-winning "EverQuest," the company plans to be a driving force in the continued evolution of this unique genre. Sigil Games Online is comprised of an all-star team of experienced developers with an impressive pedigree of commercially successful and critically acclaimed online games. For more information, visit


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