Blizzard Entertainment asked me to write a press release when I was applying for a position with their offices near Paris, France. I was reading Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series at the time, and I thought his world would make a great game.


Blizzard Entertainmentprepares to redefine online role-playing with Furycraft, a game based on Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series.

IRVINE, Calif. – November 27, 2010 – Blizzard Entertainment®, Inc. announced today that it is teaming with fantasy writer Jim Butcher to release a new online game worldwide next spring based on his best-selling Codex Alera series. Furycraft is an online role-playing game based in the fictional world of Carna, where descendents of the lost Ninth Roman Legion control powerful elemental forces called furies in the nation of Alera.

Players harness the furies of water, earth, wood, fire, air, and metal to craft the elements to do their bidding. Characters use their furies to give them incredible strength and speed, control the weather, fly, heal wounds, and even influence people and animals. Fight as a Knight of the Realm in the Legions, or defend steadholts from marauding hordes of other races, including the wolf-like Canim, the Icemen of the north, the savage Marat, or the insect-like Vord. Scheme and plot through the world of politics and intrigue in the ballrooms and Senate halls in the capital city of Alera Imperia.

Furycraft allows players to be immersed in the rich world of the Codex Alera series,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re happy to provide a gaming experience that remains faithful to Jim’s vision.”

Furycraft builds on the massively multiplayer online role-playing game engine that World of Warcraft® users experience all over the world. Players may join forces to perform feats of furycrafting that one character couldn’t manage on their own. Work together to build and improve steadholts in rural lands, or form cohorts that fight together in Alera’s Legions. Players can also participate in solo quests to increase their furycrafting power, or to call more powerful furies to them. Use furycrafted causeways to travel across Alera in a fraction of the time it would take to travel on a normal road, or fly on coaches carried by Knights Aeris. Buy, sell, or trade goods and services in real-time marketplaces.

Furycraft will be released in multiple languages. Release timing and details such as system specifications and pricing will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit the official website at http://www.furycraft.com.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes thirteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

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