Heatwave Interactive Acquires Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising

Posted February 22, 2010  

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God and Heroes: Rome Rising

Heatwave Interactive announced today the acquisition of the intellectual property rights and all assets for Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, the long awaited Roman mythology themed MMO. As part of the transaction with PlayGrid, Heatwave also obtained a source code license to the PlayGrid Platform, their online game publishing technology as well as acquiring two game development engines.

Heatwaves philosophy is to identify and develop world class IP, and we believe the project is just that, said Anthony Castoro, co-founder and CEO, Heatwave Interactive. With this acquisition Heatwave greatly expands its core development capabilities as well as adding a well-known, award-winning title to its expanding intellectual property portfolio. This game hits the Heatwave HIP mark in terms of its social gaming features and the intrinsic entertainment value found in its mythological storyline, high action adventure and beautiful art style.

The newly acquired game engines, previously developed by Perpetual Entertainment for in-development titles Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising and Star Trek Online, will serve as the technology foundation for Heatwaves planned roster of MMOs.

The Perpetual team built high quality engines and a very robust and easy-to-use platform. Through this transaction with PlayGrid we secure all the necessary components needed to not only complete this game but also to operate our entire portfolio of online games on one platform, said Donn Clendenon, co-founder and chief strategy officer, Heatwave Interactive. This world-class online platform technology will allow us to reduce both development costs and time to market.

Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising is a full scale action adventure MMO that immerses the audience in Roman mythology. Players step into a heros sandals to battle monsters and command minions while seeking favor from the gods. Heralded at the E3 in 2006 as Best in Show by leading MMO sites Allakhazam and TenTonHammer, and dubbed Game of Show and Best Graphics by MMORPG, God & Heroes was in closed beta when production was halted in 2007.

“We at PlayGrid are thrilled to see Rome rise again with the Heatwave team, said Chris McKibbin, co-founder, PlayGrid, and former president, Perpetual Entertainment. Gods and Heroes was designed for both core and casual MMO players alike and Heatwave is one of the few studios with the talent and experience to fulfill this vision while delivering a final version that will fit with what todays gamers are looking for. We are also thrilled that Heatwave has chosen to license the PlayGrid Platform to solve their game operating needs.”

For information about Heatwave Interactive and Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, please visit heatwave.com and godsandheroes.com

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