Horizons: Empire of Istaria – PC – Preview

E3 2003- First
Look

 

Take a
former Turbine designer and let him develop his own vision with a creative and
talented group of designers, then put the power of a major publisher like Atari
behind him and you have a recipe for success. And if that game happens to be in
the realm of massively multiplayer online role playing games, then you have the
potential for an incredibly persistent world full of adventure, intrigue and
great fun.

 

That is
what is happening with Horizons, an MMORPG designed by David Bowman at Artifact
Entertainment and slated for release later this fall for the PC. This game looks
great and has enough unique elements to have fans of the genre salivating with
anticipation and worried about the lack of sleep they may be in store for.

 

The
game features nine races, all fully customizable characters. But these are not
the stock character classes. You see, you can play a flying, fire-breathing
dragon that is a bit greedy and needs a horde in order to increase its power
base.

 

The
current map size is 32 kilometers by 40 kilometers (it takes a dragon 1