AOL Gets Into 3D Gaming

As recent industry research reveals that 65% of online teens today play online games, America Online, the world’s leading interactive services company, announced the launch of FireChild, a 3-D online action game built exclusively for RED, AOL’s new teens service. Created by Sarbakan, a leading online game developer, FireChild is a console-quality, story-driven online game that can be played using the AOLâ for Broadband service.

AOL and Sarbakan joined forces to launch FireChild, AOL’s first-ever, original 3-D game which is accessed and played entirely in the online environment. Firechild is a third person action game, where players take on the role of Lona, a young girl who must fight against alien forces to find her missing brother Waken. Players must guide Lona through deep 3-D worlds, which range from mystical temples to the pits of sewers. The game features five different episodes that each reveal new environments and unlock mysterious secrets to help Lona on her quest.

“FireChild takes the online gaming experience to a whole new level,” said Malcolm Bird, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Kids and Teens, America Online. “Teens will love this cinematic story driven game with its rich environments and advanced features. FireChild exemplifies AOL’s commitment to giving teens exclusive programming based on their interests.”

"AOL’s RED service and FireChild are a natural fit,” said Guy Boucher, CEO, Sarbakan. “With FireChild, Sarbakan has broken new ground, both visually and technically. We are thrilled to offer this exciting new game to AOL members.”

FireChild is available to teens on the RED service. The RED service is a radically new, customizable online experience for teenagers. Designed to respond to the surge in online activity among today’s teens and to empower them to have their own unique online experience, the RED service puts teens in control by allowing them to customize and personalize their desktop and choose content to highlight based on their specific interests.

The RED service gives teens their own Welcome Experience, toolbar and Buddy List feature as well as exclusive content and features from leading brands, original programming and expanded community tools. It is available at no additional cost to teens accessing the RED service through a parentally controlled account on either a dial-up connection or through the AOL for Broadband service.

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