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"No-one Should Pay for a Game They've Not Played"

GameSessions - FREE PC Trial Game Service Enters Beta 2 with Additional Investment and Debut Trial of Crytek's 'Ryse - Son of Rome'

13 November 2014. Sheffield, UK. GameSessions today announced additional investment for its free PC trial game service, taking the total raised to $5m, and the release of Crytek's 'Ryse - Son of Rome' trial among the first batch of titles released on the service as it enters Beta 2.

GameSessions offers a fresh option for gamers and publishers - with this new PC game trial service users can play a range of games for free before deciding whether to purchase, opening up a broader audience for publishers.

The Beta 2 phase of GameSessions begins today with the free trial of 'Ryse - Son of Rome', now players can experience the glorious action of this Ancient Roman historical fantasy for free. During the trial users can purchase the full game instantly and continue playing straight away, keeping their progress through the game.

Ed French, CEO of GameSessions said,

"We passionately believe that people will buy more games if they can try them first. With our free trial service our mission is to deliver more great game experiences to more players."

GameSessions' proprietary technology ensures publishers' content is secure, so ensuring the best content can be available, and typically downloads games 3x* faster. The service also helps to avoid downloading games that won't run well on users' hardware, and final peace-of-mind comes from the guarantee of always playing a game before purchase.

Users can now download and play the free trial of the stunning 'Ryse – Son of Rome' on PC as part of the Beta 2 phase. More exciting titles will be added in the run up to the full launch of the service in early 2015.

What is GameSessions?

  • GameSessions' proprietary technology enables publishers to efficiently and securely deliver trials of PC games to consumers
  • It's FREE for publishers
  • It's FREE for consumers

How does GameSessions work?

  • Users download the game and play the trial; the full game is unlocked by simply purchasing in-game (retaining progress) and added to their Steam library.
  • The proprietary technology checks the user's PC for compatibility prior to download
  • GameSessions is Steam compatible – fitting into the existing publisher framework.
  • Unique remote-control DRM means publishers' content is safe
  • Rental options allow new audiences to be reached, and pricing can better match emerging markets.

About Ryse - Son of Rome

In Ryse: Son of Rome, players assume the role of Marius Titus and guide the young soldier to the furthest reaches of the Empire to claim revenge for his slain family. Along the way, Marius must strike finishing blows in bloody battles, climb the ranks of the army as a fearless leader, and discover the true meaning of vengeance. Ryse also features cooperative online multiplayer action, in which fellow gladiators can fight side by side as crowds bay for blood and waves of enemies seek their demise.

The game comes to PC with bonus material originally spread across four DLC packs on Xbox One, adding more than a dozen maps to the Multiplayer Mode, as well as the nerve-wracking Survival Mode, and five skins that you can deck your gladiator out with. Comprehensive customization options mean PC players can fine-tune the settings in Ryse to maximize the potential of their system and witness the game's award-winning visuals in a new level of detail. The Launch Trailer can be viewed here on YouTube.

About GameSessions

GameSessions offers a fresh option for PC users, enabling them to download and play games for free. Downloads are typically 3x faster than from anywhere else due to our unique compression technology, whilst the unique DRM ensures publishers are happy to let us supply gamers with their latest and greatest games for free.

Throughout the life of the free trial the publisher/developer is in complete control with access to analytics, region pricing and customer relationship.

GameSessions is a trading name of Tangentix Ltd.

About Crytek

Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is an independent company at the forefront of the interactive entertainment industry, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating standout experiences for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Wii UTM, iOS and Android using their cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CRYENGINE®.

The company's headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Crytek also has studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea), Shanghai (China), Istanbul (Turkey) and Austin (USA).

Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has consistently been recognized for excellence in its field, earning accolades such as the 2011 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio, and two Red Dot Design Awards (in 2010 and 2013). Its multi-award winning games include Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards), Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards), Crysis® 2 (awarded Best Shooter of E3 2010 and Gamescom 2010), Crysis® 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Warface (awarded Best Social/Casual/Online Game of Gamescom 2012). For more information, please visit www.crytek.com.

* Benchmark tests show games reduced by 50% to 80% using GameSessions compression technology.