ONLINE GAMES COMPANY, WEBZEN,
INC. SIGNS LEGENDARY FILM COMPOSER HOWARD SHORE TO CREATE SOUNDTRACK FOR SUN
Oscar® and Grammy® Award-Winning Composer to Create Feature
Film-Quality Musical Score for Webzen’s Upcoming MMORPG Title
Los Angeles, CA and Seoul, Korea,
(April 25, 2005) – Global online entertainment company, Webzen, Inc. (Nasdaq:
Wzen) announced today the company has signed Oscar® and Grammy® award-winning
composer Howard Shore to compose the music for the upcoming massively
multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), SUN. Famous for his
work on the acclaimed “The Lord of the Rings” films, Shore has also composed
musical scores for other blockbuster films including “The Aviator,” “The Gangs
of New York,” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” In addition to his work on SUN,
Shore is also in post-production with Peter Jackson on the upcoming “King Kong”
movie. SUN is scheduled for release in North America on the PC in
“It is a privilege for Webzen, Inc. to work with such a talented composer like
Howard Shore,” said Nam Ju Kim, CEO of Webzen, Inc. “His composing legacy has
spanned decades and we’re excited to be a part of his video game debut. We are
confident that Howard will leave his signature mark on SUN and
help elevate the quality and overall entertainment experience of the game to
unprecedented levels in the online entertainment world.”
In composing the signature soundtrack for SUN, Howard Shore turned
to The National Philharmonic of Russia (NPR). He is utilizing over 60 of the
best orchestra players in Russia, and also using the expertise of renowned
conductor Vladimir Spivakov.
SUN is the first title to incorporate console-style game mechanics
into a classic MMORPG. With action-packed intensity, stunning graphics, unique
battle systems, and a captivating cast of characters, SUN is an epic medieval
tale set in a rich world of emperors, armies, magicians and monsters. Under the
reign of the Immortal Emperor, Schwarz, the Geist Empire has ruled the Blandis
continent for five hundred years. Possessing secret knowledge of the essence of
nature known as Ether, Emperor Schwarz converted the precious Ether into dark
energy, and used it to conquer the entire continent with his formidable armies.
The continued extraction of Ether has impoverished the land, causing the Empire
to turn its eyes to the rich lands of neighboring nations to continue its
supremacy. With insurrection inevitable, a rebel leader, Ignis, has formed an
elite force called the Guidance, who have declared war against the Empire.
Howard Shore has composed the scores to more than 60 films, and has received
numerous awards and accolades. Some of these include, Grammy®, Oscar®, Golden
Globe, Two Los Angeles Film Critic Awards, The Chicago Film Critics, The
Broadcast Film Critics, BFCA Critic’s Choice Award, Five BAFTA nominations in
Great Britain, a Gotham Award in New York, two Saturn Awards for Science
Fiction, a Genie Award in Canada and four World Soundtrack Awards.
On November 29, 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and
Chorus in the world premiere of his work, “The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Six
Movements for Orchestra and Chorus” in Wellington, New Zealand. Shore is
currently touring the symphony, conducting performances all over the world.
Each of the symphony’s six movements corresponds to a book within J. R. R.
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The concerts feature over two hundred
onstage performers, including a large orchestra, adult and boy choruses and
numerous vocal and instrumental soloists. The symphony has been performed in
cities including Antwerp, London, Chicago, Tokyo, Philadelphia, Seville, Sydney,
Moscow, and many more.
Founded in 2000 and based in Seoul, Korea, Webzen has become a leader in the
MMOG market, and has developed some of the world’s top online game and
client/server technologies. Webzen’s latest title, MU, has over 56
million users and a half million concurrent users from the Asian market alone.
In January of this year, Webzen announced its entry into the U.S. games market
with a new subsidiary, Webzen America, based in Los Angeles.
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