Published: 15/02/2013 09:33 - Updated: 15/02/2013 09:40

Lantern of the North illuminates new online quest world

A MORAY games company hasreleased the first footage of its flagship project – eight years in the making.

Hunted Cow this week published scenes from its browser-based,massively multiplayer, 3D, online, role-playing game, Eldevin.

Amid the myriad of lands – with the game including more than 600 quests – local players might stumble across a familiar sight.

In a nod to the town in which the studios are located, developers took inspiration from the ruins of Elgin Cathedral for the creation of one of the locations.

The team are now preparing for closed beta testing, a process which allows them to find problems they may have missed before full launch, which gets under way next month.

Those who wish to be amongst the first to try the “vast” story-driven game should visit www.eldevin.com/beta to sign up.

‘Eldevin’ – which will work in the majority of netbooks, laptops and desktops – is set in a corrupt fantasy world on the brink of all-out war.

Players can either join the Eldevin Army or the Mages of the Arcane Council in a quest to recover the magical artefacts that have taken the kingdom to the edge of disaster.

Hunted Cow studio manager John Stewart said the development team had given the game their all over the past eight years.

He said: “It incorporates everything we’ve learned from our previous games, such as Fallen Sword and Gothador, but adds a wide range of innovations and ideas we believe take the genre in a number of new directions.

“As huge MMO (massively multiplayer online) fans ourselves, our goal was simple – to build the best MMO role-playing game on the market.

“We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished and we’re ready to find out what players think of the game. We want to see everyone in-game for the closed beta test in March 2013, which will be followed closely by the open beta and full game launch.”

When it does launch, Eldevin – www.eldevin.com – will offer hundreds of hours of gameplay, with hundreds of individual quests as well as group dungeons and solo adventures.

There are 100 different abilities, 200 talents, and several hundred different items to be collected or crafted.

Andrew Mullholland and Glenn Murphy founded Hunted Cow in Elgin in September 2003. The South Street-based company has since released some of the most popular MMO role-playing games available.

Amid the vast maze of Eldevin, an area inspired by the ruins of Elgin’s Lantern of the North is included.
Amid the vast maze of Eldevin, an area inspired by the ruins of Elgin’s Lantern of the North is included.
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