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Playnet, Inc. Announces Upgrade to its Proprietary UNITY 3D MMO Game Engine, Advancing Graphics and Game Play for WWII ONLINE: BATTLEGROUND EUROPE, Delivering New Features and Technologies to MMO Game Application Suite.

BEDFORD, TX, August 31, 2009 – Playnet Inc. today announced version 1.5 of its proprietary UNITY 3D game engine providing new features and integrating new technology for its MMO, WWII ONLINE: BATTLEGROUND EUROPE (www.battlegroundeurope.com).

Unity3D

 

The UNITY 3D game engine delivers a unique set of features for MMO design, allowing for play in huge, zoneless worlds with thousands of simultaneous players interacting in a variety of environments. The foundation of the engine includes advanced physics, component-based damage and military-grade ballistics. UNITY 3D has been utilized to produce a one-of-a-kind massively multiplayer experience in WWII ONLINE: BATTLEGROUND EUROPE, a combined-arms action/simulation game. It allows players to fight on the ground as infantry, command and crew vehicles such as tanks, fighters and bombers entirely in first-person featuring British, French and German forces.

 

Version 1.5 of the UNITY 3D game engine adds several key features including;

• New object instancing for improved efficiency in loading and display of huge game world and object libraries
• Shader 3.0 support for upgraded performance and effects
• Upgraded Normal and Specular Mapping for enhanced object visuals
• SpeedTree 4.2 Support
• ODE physics support for rag-doll style character animations
• Added support for OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL)

The UNITY 3D game engine powers the latest major upgrade to the massively multiplayer online game, WWII ONLINE: BATTLEGROUND EUROPE. Version 1.31, currently in Beta testing, will include updated graphics, effects, terrain objects and game play. Screenshots available at www.battlegroundeurope.com/131media .

• 1,000,000+ trees updated with new models, textures, normals and shadows
• Rag doll physics applied to infantry animations
• Many new special effects including muzzle flashes, hit effects and explosions
• Tree and object shadows
• Real-time water reflections
• New clutter system and objects adding thousands of grass fields and bushes
• New radial clutter system
• Dynamic Weather with new clouds/rain/sky/fog/lighting settings
• Thousands of new and updated terrain objects such as buildings, installations and cultural objects

About Playnet Inc:

Playnet, a Texas-based company, specializes in design and development of the full range of 3D technologies and development tools required to build as well as operate its own and 3rd-party massively multi-player online games (MMOGs) as part of an Internet-based, international subscription service. Playnet’s proprietary technologies include the patent-pending UNITY 3D MMO game engine.

SpeedTree is a trademark of IDV Inc. in the United States and other countries. Open Dynamics Engine (ODE) is copyright Russell L. Smith. Playnet™, World War II Online™, WWII Online™, Cornered Rat Software®, UNITY 3D® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Playnet Incorporated.

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Friday, March 20th, 2009
Cornered Rat Software is offering a unique twist to their 14-day free trial of their massively multiplayer PC game, "WWII Online: Battleground Europe". For a limited time, trial players will have the chance to have their face added to an in-game character. The game is available for download and play at the official website. (BattlegroundEurope.com)

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Cornered Rat Software is offering a new 14-day free trial of their massively multiplayer PC game, "WWII Online: Battleground Europe". In addition to the 14-days, players will have the chance to win prizes and receive exclusive bonus awards unlocking more game content and abilities. The game is available for download and play at the official website. (BattlegroundEurope.com)

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Playnet "10th Anniversary" Sweepstakes
Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO THOSE WHO ARE 19 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT TIME OF ENTRY. Void in U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins March 23rd, 2009 and ends on April 10th, 2009 (the "Sweepstakes Period"). This sweepstakes is sponsored by Playnet Inc. ("Sponsor").

ELIGIBILITY: Employees of Sponsor  and their immediate families (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or to win the sweepstakes.
HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) ways to enter the sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period: (1) MODIFY THE TERMS OF YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION TO THE PLAYNET SERVICE: Create or modify the terms of your premium subscription to the Playnet service (the "Service") during the Sweepstakes Period to one of the following; a) 12-month pre-pay b) Bronze Builder c) Silver Builder d) Gold Builder (2) ENTER BY MAIL: Hand-print your name, address (no P.O. boxes), city, state, ZIP code, e-mail address (if available), daytime phone number (including area code), and date of birth on a 3" x 5" card, and mail in a business-size (#10) envelope with proper postage affixed to: Playnet "10th Anniversary" Sweepstakes, 1901 Central Drive, Suite 400, Bedford, Texas USA. All mail-in entries must be postmarked by April 10th, 2009 and received by April 13th, 2009 to be eligible. Each entry must be mailed separately. No mechanically reproduced or photocopied entries will be accepted and all such entries will be void. Entries by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, misdirected, damaged, illegible, incomplete, or postage-due entries or mail. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned.
DRAWING: On or about April 13th, 2009, a random drawing will be conducted in compliance with these Official Rules by a Sponsor representative located at 1901 Central Drive, Suite 400, Bedford, Texas USA. The drawing will be conducted from all eligible entries received. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. Potential winner will be notified by e-mail, telephone, or private delivery service (at Sponsor's sole discretion), within three (3) days of the drawing, at the address or telephone number indicated in their Service account details or on their entry form.
PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize: Round trip airfare to Dallas, Texas and (2) night accommodation in Bedford, Texas. Travel must occur with arrival in Dallas, Texas on May 1st, 2009 and departure from Dallas, Texas on May 3rd, 2009. Departure from Prize Winner's location must be from nearest International Airport. The Prize does not include any fares or fees associated with transportation to or from Prize Winner's location to nearest International Airport. Accommodation in Bedford, Texas to be provided by Microtel Inn and Suites, 901 Airport Freeway West, Highway 183 and Highway 157, Euless, TX 76040 US. Total Prize Approximate Retail Value ("ARV"): $1,000. Prize is not transferable. Winner must comply with these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winner will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release (except where prohibited) or the prize will be forfeited, and, at Sponsor's sole discretion, an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible entries received. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact the potential winner within a reasonable time period, or potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's sole discretion, an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible entries received. No cash redemptions or prize substitutions will be allowed except at Sponsor's sole discretion, which reserves the right to substitute the prize (or portion thereof) with a prize of comparable or greater value. All federal, state and local taxes, and any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use are the sole responsibility of winner. Prize is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: By entering or participating in this sweepstakes, participants: (a) agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which shall be final and binding in all matters relating to the sweepstakes; (b) agree that the Sponsor; their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (collectively, "Released Parties") are not responsible for printing, typographical, human, distribution, production, or other errors of any kind that may occur in connection with the sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors in connection with the administration of the sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize or in any other sweepstakesrelated materials; (c) agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all injuries, claims, damages, or losses of any kind that arise from or are sustained directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, in connection with acceptance or use/misuse of prize or from participation in the sweepstakes; (d) by accepting the prize, winner agrees that the Sponsor and its designees may use winner's name, picture/portrait, likeness, and/or voice for advertising, trade, and promotional purposes, worldwide in perpetuity, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without notification, permission, or additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Released Parties are not responsible for any condition that might cause the sweepstakes to be disrupted or corrupted, including an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities or any other causes. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the sweepstakes if fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity of the sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion and, in event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor may prohibit you from participating in the sweepstakes and void all associated entries, at their sole discretion, if you repeatedly show a disregard for the sweepstakes' Official Rules or act: (a) in a manner they determine to be not fair or equitable; (b) with an intent to annoy, threaten, or harass any other entrant or the Sponsor; or (c) in any other disruptive manner. Sponsor is not responsible for prize utility or quality. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PARTICIPANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
PRIVACY: Information participants provide to Sponsor may be used to communicate with participants in relation to this Sweepstakes as well as for other purposes as described in the Sponsor's Privacy Policy available at www.battlegroundeurope.com. Winner's name, age, city and state of residence may be posted on the Playnet Web site.
WINNER'S NAME/RULES REQUESTS: You may obtain the winner's name by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope by May 31, 2009, to: Playnet "10th Anniversary" Sweepstakes Winner's Name Request, 1901 Central Drive, Suite 400, Bedford, Texas USA. Complete Official Rules will be available online at battlegroundeurope.com during the Sweepstakes Period, or you may obtain a copy of the Official Rules by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope by April 1st, 2009 to: Playnet "10th Anniversary" Sweepstakes Rules Request, 1901 Central Drive, Suite 400, Bedford, Texas USA. VT residents may omit return postage on rules requests.
SPONSOR: Playnet Inc., 1901 Central Drive, Suite 400, Bedford, Texas USA

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Playnet Inc and Cornered Rat Software is celebrating the 7th year of their massively multiplayer PC game, "WWII Online: Battleground Europe" by hosting a week of special events. In addition to a 14-day free trial for new players, thousands of accounts will be re-activated for a “Welcome Back Soldier” . The game is available for download and play at the official website. (BattlegroundEurope.com)

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