Just a month after Lone EchoTM won the Game Critics Award for Best VR Game at E3, Multiplay – the award winning Game Server Hosting specialist announces that it is hosting Ready At Dawn’s multiplayer spin off, Echo Arena. As part of the deal, Ready At Dawn is also using Multiplay’s ClanforgeTM hybrid scaling technology.
Echo Arena sees players battle it out in a zero-gravity, futuristic sport that lies somewhere between Quidditch, Tron’s Disc Arena and Ultimate Frisbee. The game is noted as having significant potential in esports, with Intel®, ESL® and Oculus® including the title within their VR Challenger LeagueTM, underlining its potential for both competitive and social gaming. Thanks to Ready At Dawn’s partnership with Intel®, Echo Arena is being made available for free (for a limited time only) to all Oculus Rift and Touch owners. The game was released on July 20th 2017 and has enjoyed enormous critical and commercial success since its launch.
The hybrid scaling proposition offered by the UK-based gaming specialist ensures that managing daily average user fluctuations becomes less of a challenge for game developers. Using Multiplay’s Bare-Metal servers around the globe in collaboration with multiple cloud providers provides for significant additional geographical coverage and near unlimited scaling. This industry leading approach provides Ready At Dawn with huge savings while ensuring that the player experience for Echo Arena is as flawless as possible.
“Multiplay’s Hybrid Hosting service provides us with a tremendous combination of reliability and scalability at an affordable cost,” said David Neubelt, Multiplayer Lead, Ready At Dawn Studios. “The multiplayer hosting functionality behind Echo Arena is a new challenge for us, but Multiplay’s technology and hosting platform removed much of the guesswork and pain of implementation that we might have otherwise faced. Most importantly, Multiplay’s solution consistently provides a low latency experience for our players to enjoy the game to its fullest.”
“Echo Arena is an enormously exciting game, with its esports and social gaming potential already creating a huge level of buzz in the industry and player community,” said Paul Manuel, Digital Director, Multiplay. “Supporting Echo Arena has been a passion project for the Multiplay team, allowing us to partner with Ready At Dawn to apply our auto-scaling system on a VR title for the first time. Like all of the games we support, Multiplay will be providing Bare-Metal servers along with the ability to automatically burst into the cloud to ensure that player demand is always met. Games are precious things that have taken enormous amounts of creative energy to make. Through beta testing, commercial launch and beyond, Multiplay’s role is to ensure that Echo Arena stays online 24/7 and to provide the very best lag free player experience possible.”
The hosting of Echo Arena marks Multiplay’s second partnership with Ready At Dawn, following the April 2017 release of its physics-based arena brawler, DeformersTM. Other notable titles hosted by Multiplay include Respawn Entertainment’s® Titanfall® 2 and Tripwire Interactive’s® Killing Floor® 2.
Founded in 1997, Multiplay is a gaming services company specialising in online hosting, events management, esports and more. Multiplay is passionate about gaming and providing unparalleled experiences to gamers across the globe – from state of the art consumer and enterprise hosting, powered by Clanforge®, to the event production of major third party events, including running MineCon® since 2015, to the running of the Insomnia Gaming Festival, the UK’s largest games event incorporating LAN gaming areas, esports tournaments and more. GAME Digital acquired Multiplay in March 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.multiplay.com
About GAME Digital PLC
GAME Digital PLC is the UK’s leading high-street videogames retailer. GAME is committed to delivering for the gaming communities of the UK online, in-store, on mobile and through its app. With a market-leading reward proposition, incredible exclusive content and great deals, GAME is the number one destination for all gaming needs. For more information, please visit www.game.co.uk or www.gamedigitalplc.com
About Ready at Dawn®
Ready At Dawn Studios was founded in 2003 and set the standard for PSP® games with its multi-million unit selling, award winning titles Daxter™, God of War®: Chains of OlympusTM, God of War®: Ghost of SpartaTM and the PS4® blockbuster, The Order: 1886™. After the release of Deformers™ in 2017, the studio has followed-up with one of the industry’s biggest VR productions to date, Lone Echo™ and its accompanying multiplayer experience Echo ArenaTM. Ready At Dawn’s technological innovations, its reputation for excellence in artistry and design, and its combined experience developing blockbuster franchises and games across a multitude of platforms, ensure the studio will continue to meet and exceed player expectations for many years to come. Ready At Dawn Studios is located in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit www.readyatdawn.com.
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