GDH Announces GONZO Rosso's Newly Licensed Online Game from Korea

Jul 24th 2007
Popular Korean MMORPG "Shaiya" to be launched in Japan
2007.07.24
GDH K.K. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa, Securities Code: TSE Mothers 3755, hereafter GDH) has announced that its group company GONZO Rosso K.K. (Head office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Managing Director: Hideki Moriya, hereafter GONZO Rosso) has closed a game licensing deal with SONOV Corporation (Head Office: Seoul, Korea, CEO: Jong-wan Kim, hereafter SONOV) to provide SONOV's online game "Shaiya -Light and Darkness-" (hereafter Shaiya) in Japan.

Shaiya is a popular MMORPG(*1) featuring extensive player-versus-player combat and was developed by a Korean company SONOV. Since the successful launch in Korea in 2004, the game is now available in China and Vietnam (where it has proved to be highly popular), and has also been licensed for release in the United States. Shaiya recorded 300,000 simultaneous users immediately after launch of its open beta service in China. GONZO Rosso plans to launch full service of Shaiya after a closed beta service scheduled to start from this September.

With this new addition to GONZO Rosso's MMORPG lineup of Knight Online and Master of Epic -The ResonanceAge Universe-, GDH group aims to broaden its game portfolio and continue to provide gamers with products and services that respond to their needs.

(*1) MMORPG: MMORPG: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game


[About Shaiya]
Shaiya is an online RPG set in a fantastical world where two nations - the "Alliance of Light" and the "Union of Fury" - war over the holy ground of "Eden." The game offers users the chance to participate in massive wars of up to 1,500 players vs. 1,500 players. Shaiya is also great for online game novices as it has an exclusive Player vs. Player combat area set up for them. Shaiya's extensive variety of quests are luxuriously rendered with cutting edge graphics. Another distinguishing feature of the game, the "mutli-quest system," enables quest outcomes to change in accordance with varying circumstances and user behaviors, meaning users can enjoy revisiting previously accomplished quests many times over.

Shaiya website (Japanese): http://shaiya.jp
Shaiya website (Korean): http://shaiya.com/


[About SONOV Corporation]
SONOV was established with the vision of becoming the prominent worldwide provider of digital contents and is specialized in global online entertainment. It continues to provide captivating content to users, leveraging its highly expert and quality staff to create the best content possible. SONOV currently develops and operates two MMORPGs; Shaiya -Light and Darkness- and Dragonsky.
SONOV website (English): http://eng.sonov.com/


[About GONZO Rosso K.K.]
GONZO Rosso develops and operates online games such as Knight Online and Master of Epic -The ResonanceAge Universe-. By offering special in-game items for purchase and user-friendly systems, GONZO Rosso ensures unique game experiences that both advanced users and online game novices can enjoy.
GONZO Rosso's other areas of business include development/operation of online merchandise store "GONZO STYLE" (http://www.gonzo-style.com - Japanese only), character open-contest site "Charapre" (http://charapre.jp/ - Japanese only), and mobile sites "Mobile Newtype" and "GONZO MOBILE" as well as production of video content, characters, advertisement designs, websites and other Internet content leveraging GDH/GONZO's network of creators/artists.
GONZO Rosso website: http://www.gonzorosso.jp (Japanese only)


[About GDH K.K.]
GDH is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through its GONZO animation brand. Kids and family product is distributed through the GONZO FILMS and GONZINO brands.
GDH is a world leader in content development targeting both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces.
For additional information, visit www.G.D.H.co.jp/english (for GDH) and www.gonzo.co.jp (for GONZO - Japanese only).
GDH group companies include GONZO Rosso K.K., GONZO K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GDH Capital K.K. and GK Entertainment K.K.
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