SAN FRANCISCO - April 20, 2010 - The Rotted Treekin of Sparkplay Media's 3D browser-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, Earth Eternal, are unleashing a vicious plot to annihilate mankind. Sparkplay is imploring players to put an end to the dastardly scheme in an Earth Day contest in which gamers can take an epic screenshot of their bloody battles with the Rotted Treekin and submit it to the developer. Participants will be competing for the esteemed title "Boss Lumberjack," complete with winning a collectable plush "Shroomie" hat and a forum article dedicated to their combat prowess.
Beginning on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, the Earth Eternal event runs for two days. Rotted Treekins, corrupt tree creatures of the dead woods, will spawn in numerous areas across the game while innocent Treekins, played by Game Masters (GMs), will call for aid from the players. Screenshot submissions are encouraged firstname.lastname@example.org and will be displayed on the Sparkplay website, with a panel of official judges selecting their favorite. The winner will be announced in-game at 5 p.m. PST on April 23, 2010.
"Earth Day is usually regarded as a celebration of harmony with nature and all those other hippie, treehugger sentiments," said Matt Mihaly, CEO and founder, Sparkplay Media. "But we've discovered the truth - Earth Day was set in motion hundreds of years ago to lull us into a false sense of security while the Rotted Treekin plotted against us. Don't get me wrong, not all trees have gone to the dark side - but we've got to save the world from those who have."
Earth Eternal provides players with the sophistication and depth of a classic MMO in a free-to-play, browser-based experience. The game takes place in a fantasy-themed immersive 3D world, where Gaia's anthropomorphic Beasts have returned from the outskirts of reality after mankind wiped itself out through war and violence, to further their struggles against the Dark Lord and his endless efforts to wrest control of the land from the gods. Familiar man-made landmarks including Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower make an appearance in this alternate Earth, serving as an eerie reminder of what came before. Players can choose from more than 20 different character races, including the bear-like Ursine, hawk-like Atavians or the mechanical Clockwork, and unlike most MMOs, they are not limited to skills and spells from a particular class, allowing for broader character builds.
While Earth Eternal is a true browser-based 3D MMO, Sparkplay Media also offers an optional downloadable client, which provides an identical experience. Sign up now to save the world on Earth Day at http://www.eartheternal.com.