CARY, NC JUNE 13, 2008 Icarus Studios, which provides a turnkey solution for creating virtual worlds, MMOGs, and serious games, today announced that it has added several key platform features to deliver more social and entertaining games and worlds.
After several months of refinements and testing, the Icarus Studios platform now offers a new layer of powerful technical features and system enhancements, said Jim Hettinger, CEO of Icarus Studios.
A few of the many Icarus platform enhancements include:
Mail System with CoD option: An in-game mail system allows players to send and receive text messages with in-game items as attachments. There is a CoD (Cash on Delivery) option which enables players to send items that require the recipient to pay for them upon receipt, if they chose to accept the items send. The mail system is accessible either from player-chosen locations in the world or from everywhere in the virtual world.
Auction System: An in-game auction system lets players buy items or put them up for bidding, or browse for items to bid on and buy. It utilizes the mail system and any winnings go to players mailboxes.
Guild/Club System: This community tool allows users to form a persistent group of players with a customized ranking system and permissions. The members can share a chat channel, a guild vault, and other guild privileges.
Raids: Players can play and experience game and world content with ad hoc teams or members of their guild.
Game Engine Improvements: Overall platform improvements, including texture level of detail, volumetric fog, and light blooms.
For more information, visit www.icarusstudios.com.