Irth Online Open Beta Starts Today



DEDHAM, MA – JUNE 6, 2005 – Magic
Hat Software
  announced today that the Open Beta for its
MMORPG Irth Online
  begins today and runs through July 5, 2005. Gamers
are encouraged to apply for the Open Beta on the Irth Online website.

“We scheduled our Open Beta
relatively late in the development cycle because we wanted our gamers to have
the deepest and most complete experience we could provide,” says Alan Chipura,
Lead Game Designer. “We’ve paid close attention to the input provided by earlier
testers and our changes and improvements are up to date, so we expect the Open
Beta test to go smoothly.”

About Irth Online

Irth Online’s virtual world is
populated by three distinct PvP civilizations — The Arcadians in the snowy
north, The Morbus in the southeastern swamps, and The Mezoteks in the tropical
southwest – which have a thousand-year history of battling to capture the
resources of the others to ensure survival. This persistent state of war
inspired peace-loving pilgrims from all three civilizations to form their own
civilization, and this fourth civilization in Irth Online is non-PvP, and
survives via commerce in lieu of combat. Players join Irth’s history at a period
when a fragile truce exists, and determine the course of history of each

The persistent world environment of
Irth Online features an open ended skill system. Players may learn any skill
offered in the game without facing limitations of race or class. Irth Online’s
advancement system has a unique skill-over-time feature, allowing all characters
to enjoy adventures together, regardless of experience level.

Magic Hat Software’s in-house
created engine uses the very latest technology in terms of DirectX9 effect files
and vertex and pixel shaders (which include per-pixel lighting and bump/specular
environment maps); allows creation of highly detailed characters with animation
blending; extended visibility for the player (up to 10 miles in every
direction); and unlimited, changeable terrain size with seamless background
resource loading.

Irth Online is scheduled for release
in July, 2005.

About Magic Hat Software

Magic Hat Software was established
in July 2003 in Massachusetts. The team is committed to the idea of creating a
virtual world without artificial limits on player behavior or play style, and
trusting players to determine their own game experiences. Irth Online is Magic
Hat Software’s first commercial MMORPG.