Initialement prévu pour le 14 novembre, Atari avait annoncé il y a quelques semaines que le MMORPG de Artifact Entertainment serait repoussé de deux mois. Finalement ce ne sera pas le cas puisque, bonne nouvelle, le retard ne sera que d'un mois, avec une sortie prévu le 9 décembre outre-atlantique et trois jours plus tard chez nous.
LOS ANGELES – Oct. 30, 2003 – Atari and Artifact Entertainment today announced that Horizons: Empire of Istaria will ship to retail outlets nationwide on December 9th. The highly anticipated massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game was previously scheduled to release in November. The extra time will allow Artifact Entertainment to continue to make optimizations and improvements to the game in order to provide one of the most compelling MMO experiences this holiday season. Available for PC CD-ROM, Horizons: Empire of Istaria will allow players to experience online gaming like never before in a single massive online world primed for exploration, brimming with adventure and rife with danger.
“Our decision to do the retail launch of Horizons in December allows us to optimize code, polish our extensive tradeskill system, refine combat, engage new modules of monster artificial intelligence, expand the deep quest system and ensure a stable and fun online experience,” said David Bowman, creative director and co-president, Artifact Entertainment. “I think players will be suitably pleased with the end result as we deliver a world where players have a massive impact on their environment -- a dynamic place where cataclysmic events could change the appearance and function of the world in real time right before your eyes.”