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Independent Revolutionary RPG Poised to Make Waves on Valve’s Platform

Northern Virginia, USA – June 7th, 2016:

Today, Citadel Studios is pleased to announce the opening of Shards Online’s Steam Greenlight campaign. To celebrate the announcement, the team has a brand new trailer highlighting the lore, sandbox features, many different locales, and the unique “God Control” aspects of Shards Online's player-run worlds.

“Today marks a big milestone for Shards Online,” said Citadel Founder and CEO Derek Brinkmann. “We’re nearing ever closely to the Steam early access launch and we thought ‘What better way to show the world what we’ve been working on than with an epic new trailer. The Steam Greenlight campaign is just the icing on the cake as it allows our fans to tell Valve they want to see our game on their platform as soon as possible.”

In the coming weeks, Citadel will be starting major stress testing of the official servers and the player-run shards.  Players can make sure they’re eligible for chance to win a free 7 day trial key by signing up and opting in for updates at the official site, or by staying tuned to many media outlets who will be hosting trial key giveaway events.

“We’re ecstatic to see how players adapt to our unique sandbox gameplay, our boundless skill progression, and the idea of entire worlds, created, modded and run by player-gods.” Said Brinkmann. “It’s also an exciting time, because once we have a few more features and bug fixes ironed out, we’ll be starting our Steam Early Access period and that’s when the fun truly begins!”

Shards Online is always taking pledges on the official site, and backers of the game can get instant 24/7 access to the Alpha for $40. Higher tiers of crowdfunding include the ability to manage your own shard, mod your own server, and more.

Link to the Shards Online’s Trial Giveaway Sign Up


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WHAT IS SHARDS ONLINE? | Shards Online is breaking away from the modern MMO conventions of levels, classes and quest grinds. Instead, we are returning to living virtual worlds where stories emerge naturally as players explore the worlds laid out before them. The game will launch with a complete game containing several official rule-sets. Our current plans include one with a well-balanced set of gameplay, a hardcore PvP battle-royale, and even one featuring permanent character death: the ultimate game of risk versus reward.

We are initially targeting the PC platform, and plans for a Mac and Linux launch are in the works. When you purchase the game, you will be able to play on official or player run servers and run a single ‘shard’ with no additional cost or subscription fees. Players will be able to form massive servers by connecting their self-hosted worlds together using a ‘cluster server’ hosted by Citadel Studios. These servers, when marked public, are listed in-game for all players to see and join.

Shards Online is the first game that legitimately allows you to run and moderate your own game worlds with the potential to support thousands of users at one time. Customize every aspect of your servers’ gameplay experience from character development, to combat, to items and equipment, to monsters and AI. You can even add completely custom game worlds!  Ultimately, Citadel Studios isn’t just creating game that fosters a player community, instead, they are giving our players the tools to create their own in-game communities.

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About Citadel Studios:

Citadel Studios is dedicated to building next-generation sandbox games inspired by legends like Ultima, EVE Online, and Minecraft. We believe in fostering rich communities and giving power to our players in an effort to make our worlds live and breathe. Not only will you be able to change your surroundings, but the very of the nature of the game changes with you. Shards Online is our premiere title and is expected to launch in 2016.

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