Nevrax Announces Shard Merger for English-Speaking Ryzom Community

Nevrax Announces Shard Merger for English-Speaking Ryzom

Merger in MMO will happen in
coming days

FRANCE – 31st March 2005 –

Developer Nevrax recently
announced that the two English language shards of The Saga of Ryzom, European
English-speaking shard Arispotle and US shard Windermeer, will be merged into
one shard in the coming few days. The new shard will keep the Arispotle name.

conjunction with the server merger, Themis Group will be handing off customer
support and community management of the US playerbase to Jolt Online Gaming Ltd.
Jolt currently hosts all of Ryzom’s servers and manages the game’s
English-speaking European community. Themis Group will continue to market and
promote The Saga of Ryzom in North America.

“Jolt Online
Gaming is looking forward to the challenge of continuing the level of service
established by the Themis Group and growing the newly integrated North American
and European communities as The Saga of Ryzom enters this exciting new phase in
its life,” said Dominic Silk, CEO of Jolt.

The CEO of
Themis Group, Alexander Macris, stated, “We are confident that the English
speaking Ryzom community will benefit from this merger, and we look forward to
continuing in our role as Nevrax’s partner in bringing The Saga of Ryzom to new

The organizational changes associated with the server merger will occur by the
end of the month.

In the
announcement, CEO of Nevrax, David Cohen, assured players of an easy transition,
and mentioned Nevrax’s plans for additional steps in the coming months to add to
and streamline the current game, highlighting new features currently under

“This is
just the first of several important steps we are taking to ensure that The Saga
of Ryzom lives up to its full potential,” said Cohen. “At this year’s E3, we
will open entirely new horizons for the players of Ryzom, with never before seen
means to impact both the game world and the game story.”

About The
Saga of Ryzom
generations ago, the proud civilizations of Atys perished in the Great Swarming,
when hordes of Kitins swept from the Prime Roots and wrought war and genocide.
Now it is time to reclaim your heritage. Join forces with thousands of others,
master the arts of sorcery, war, and tradecraft, and re-forge the destiny of
your people. The secrets of the past have been lost, but The Saga of Ryzom
has just begun.

Nevrax SARL

Founded in
early 2000, Paris based developer NEVRAX is an online game and software
development company that specializes in MMORPG engine and production tool
technologies and products. Utilizing NeL, its open-source engine, Nevrax’s team
of 50+ engineers and designers have just successfully launched their first
MMORPG, the Science-Fantasy based Game "The Saga of Ryzom". NEVRAX is currently
in the process of developing the first extension to the Game, to be announced at
this year’s E3 in Los Angeles. For further information, please visit

About Jolt Online Gaming Ltd
Launched in
October 1999,
is Europe’s largest and most popular privately owned
and independent online gaming network – with in excess of 900 game servers
online. Utilising a multi-Gigabit network, Jolt is the network of choice for
serious gamers and games companies alike. As well as its’ public gaming servers
jolt also provides tailored solutions for game developers, publishers and
companies. Jolt Online Gaming’s Portfolio includes a large number of highly
acclaimed online gaming titles, such as "Asheron’s Call", "Asheron’s Call 2:
Fallen Kings", "The Saga Of Ryzom", "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.", "Time Of Defiance", "Planetarion",
"Nation States", "Roma Victor" and many more. For further information, please

Themis Group Inc

Founded in
2001, Themis Group, Inc.
, is a community and communications services
company catering to games, technology, and entertainment enthusiasts. Through
its Playerbase Solutions division,
, the company offers consulting, client
generation, custom research, and customer support solutions to developers and
publishers of online PC and console games, websites, and other community-driven
services within the interactive entertainment industry.