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

Helsinki, Finland – February 3, 2014 - The pioneering new Dramagame Velvet Sundown, from the Finnish development team Tribe Studios Ltd., has begun its official closed beta test.  While getting an early look at the game, beta testers will provide valuable feedback for the unique social game that combines a mix of social experiments with major role-playing game elements.  Players can visit to register and join the closed beta test right now. 

Velvet Sundown takes players on a high-seas adventure aboard a luxury yacht.  Players are assigned one of 11 different characters all with different personalities and background stories.    There are different storyline combinations available as playable scenarios. Gameplay depends on the negotiating skills of the individual players via the chat function.  Each character has their own unique background stories and missions that players must strive to fulfill.

To celebrate the closed beta testing, Velvet Sundown is holding several events where you can play with the developers and give live feedback on the experience. All times for these will be announced on the website and forums.

Available for both Windows PC and Mac, Velvet Sundown has given way to a completely new genre, the Dramagame engine, where no two games unfold the same way.  What’s more, Velvet Sundown will feature landmark text-to-speech technology, the first ever in an online game of this caliber.  Players can let their imagination run free in order to convince others to follow their suggestions - via the text-to-speech feature all text entries will be converted to spoken word in real-time; making the game experience incredibly immersive. While a multi-player session may only take about 45 minutes, thanks to the Dramagame engine, there are millions of possible story variations, offering unimaginable re-playability.


About Tribe Studios

Based in Helsinki, the heart of Europe's most progressive educational and game development communities, Tribe Studios Ltd. is the creator of Dramagame social simulation and virtual world technology. Dramagame is a state-of-the-art social simulation technology designed for non-linear storytelling and used for both entertainment and training soft skill competencies.

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