Illyriad is now available

By on May 16, 2011

Illyriad Games announced today that their free-to-play MMO web-browsed strategy game, Illyriad, is now available. The game has been in development for two years and promises to offer a gameplay with depth that can be only found in subscription-based games. According to Illyriad Games’ press release, the game is an evolution of the familiar city development and resource management model, and adds features such as spies, theft, assassination, trade, and diplomatic relations.

Illyriad Games’ founder, James Niesewand said:

“We started building the game two years ago as a game that we could get really excited about as players. We wanted an MMO empire-building game that could be played without downloads or plugins, that was set in a persistent, non-resetting sandbox fantasy world with a proper geography, the highest quality text and graphic content, that had a genuine diversity of game-play options and that didn’t treat its players like ATMs. We didn’t think it was too much to ask, but couldn’t find any free-to-play games out there that fit the bill – so that became our mission.”

“The first version of Illyriad went live a year ago, allowing us to test the game with live players. And through that later development phase we added more and more features, and upgraded the graphics. Now we have finally reached the stage where we are happy to announce the game and to start to promote it, but that isn’t to say that the game is finished. As a persistent, on-line game, we will continue to add new features, content and expansion packs. We also have further art updates in production, and a really exciting new feature list to release over the next few months.”

The company will release new content and updates in the near future, so stay tuned for more. If you are interested to it, you can play Illyriad for free at its official site.

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  • Mike

    Fantastic game.  The sheer amount to do is truly astonishing.

    It’s slow to start, but then it is a long-term strategy game and won’t appeal to the twitch ADD crowd at all; and that’s what makes it so good imo.  Much more mature than your regular game.

    • john2

      Its slow start is indeed its main issue. Apart from that though, it’s a nice strategy game. And it’s free-to-play, which means that everyone can try it. Some might not like it but hey, it is a free game.