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  FREE-TO-PLAY SMASHMUCK CHAMPIONS HITS STEAM “EARLY ACCESS”
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09/12/2013
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kiz Studios Reveals Exclusive Weapon and Skin Designed by Popular “Player vs Player” Webcomic Creator Scott Kurtz

ATLANTA, GA (SEPT 11, 2013) -- Kiz Studios, an independent developer of mobile and PC games, has released their action-packed arena combat game, SmashMuck Champions , on Steam via the “Early Access” program.  Gamers from around the world are invited to download the game for free and help shape the future of the title with their feedback and ideas.  The game can be found online on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/218330/.

“At PAX Prime in Seattle, we were overwhelmed by the incredible reaction the game received from both fans and media, so we’re excited to bring SmashMuck Champions to Steam’s much larger audience,” said Ashley Johnson, President and COO, Kiz Studios.  “ SmashMuck Champions is the accessible-but-competitive alternative to traditional MOBAs and it thrives on fast and intense matches, FPS-style game modes and, most importantly, our commitment to open development.  We invite our players to join us in the development process -- our game is truly designed by and for the fans.  Steam’s “Early Access” program provides us with an even larger platform from which we can bring welcome even more great gamer minds into the fold.”

STEAM SPECIAL FEATURE AND EXCLUSIVE ITEMS

SmashMuck Champions joins Steam’s “Early Access” program: the game is offered for play while still in development specifically to receive feedback from Steam users in order to help improve and finalize the game.  Kiz Studios is offering a full complement of Steam special features with the “Early Access” launch, including Steam Trading Cards and Badges as well as exclusive items such as profile backgrounds and emotes for use in-game.

EXCLUSIVE ITEMS DESIGNED BY “PvP” WEBCOMIC CREATOR SCOTT KURTZ

Players can now download an exclusive weapon and skin for Champion Z-314 designed by Eisner and Harvey award-winning cartoonist Scott Kurtz. Scott has helped pioneer online comics with his daily series Player vs Player (PVPOnline.com) and has taken tabletop gaming to new comic heights with D&D inspired Table Titans (TableTitans.com).  The weapon – the “Boom Stick” – and the “Dungeon Master Z” skin can be either purchased in the shop or earned in-game through XP and Crafting. 

ABOUT SMASHMUCK CHAMPIONS

SmashMuck Champions is an online arena combat game that combines action, skill and strategy to create fast-paced and twisted mayhem. The game is an accessible-but-competitive alternative to traditional MOBAs, and features faster matches, incredible teamwork, innovative Champion designs and FPS-style game modes that welcome new players and challenge MOBA veterans.

Players are tasked with building and managing a “SmashMuck” team by acquiring, customizing and training fighters before sending them into battle. Combat is frenetic but easy-to-learn, with tons of unique skills, weapons and attacks as well as items and upgrades to unlock and master. 

SmashMuck Champions features five game modes, eight arenas, more than 20 unique and powerful champions, and 600+ customizable items.  SmashMuck Champions is truly free-to-play, offering players the opportunity to unlock all content through progression through the game.  Fans can jump into the action through the game’s open beta on both PC and MAC via the web site at www.smashmuck.com or on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/218330/.

ABOUT KIZ STUDIOS

Founded in 2007, Kiz Studios is an independent video game and entertainment studio with offices in Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC. With titles like SmashMuck Champions and the mobile hit Critter Escape!, Kiz Studios bends genres and blurs the lines between casual and hardcore, making accessible games for a global audience. Committed to open development, Kiz allows players to experience the design process from the inside out, with fans helping to create the products they want to play. For more information please visit  www.KizStudios.com 

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