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September 2, 2022 / KingsIsle Community

KingsIsle at Gamescom 2022!

For the very first time in the company’s history, KingsIsle went to Gamescom in Cologne, Germany to talk about all things Wizard101! We had a cozy booth in the business area where we had the opportunity to meet up with our amazing partners, look for exciting potential new partners, and speak with the press about the wonderful wizardry we have cooking up in the next few months. What we spoke about was exclusive to the press for a certain period, but now we’re ready to spill the beans on exactly what we announced! 

From left to right: Sam Johnson (Narrative Lead), Kayly Ginsberg (Marketing Manager), Leah Ruben (Senior Studio Director), Joel White (Product Manager) 

Wizard101 Europe 

One of the reasons we decided to attend a convention in Europe was to make a bigger splash there. While Wizard101 has been available in Europe for quite some time now, self-publishing the game since May means that we have more opportunities than ever before. We viewed this as a chance to share our excitement about the game with the European audience and affirm our dedication to maintaining and catching the servers up to their North American counterparts. Our first press exclusive relating to this was the reveal of the exact launch date of Karamelle for the European servers, August 31st, which has since been released! We also shared our intention to try and have the European servers caught up to the North American ones by late next year. We really care about our European players and are very excited about increasing the amount of content updates as time goes by.  

Sam Johnson presenting passionately about Wizard101! 

Wizard101 North America – Novus 

Just because we were in Germany doesn’t mean that Wizard101 Europe was the only one to have all the fun. Gamescom is a big stage and we didn’t want to waste it! So, as our second Gamescom exclusive, we decided to announce the name of our brand-new world coming later this year to North American servers – Novus! 

We can’t talk a lot about it just yet (need to leave some surprises of course!), but just know that we’re looking forward to Novus for a lot of reasons. As you can see, it has a branded logo – something we’ve never done for a world release before. In general, we’re taking a different approach with Novus than we have with all previous world releases and we can’t wait to unveil everything that we have planned for the launch.  

Until then, we do have some teasers we showed off at Gamescom to help tide you over … 

Unlike other worlds of the Spiral which are based on certain regions or cultures, Novus is inspired by surrealist art. Beware: things might get a little … bizarre. Be sure to keep watch on our website and social media channels to keep up to date on future announcements and Novus teasers! 

June 16, 2022 / kingsislemanderson

Guilds are Coming to Wizard101!

We are excited to announce that later this summer Guilds will be introduced to Wizard101!

Guilds have been a requested feature for some time now and we’re finally making it happen. The idea is often implemented a little bit differently depending on the game. In Wizard101, Guilds will be large persistent groups where you and your friends can share stories of Spiral adventures in your very own private Guild House. There are many other perks as well that will be announced later! 

We wanted to make sure Guilds were done in a way that makes sense for our unique player community. This new addition to the game will give players even more fun things to do in a group setting, and a variety of new challenges (with sweet rewards!) that can be overcome only with the help of one’s guildmates. Want to still quest and adventure with other friends from outside the guild? You will of course be able to continue to do that too! 

Guilds is such a big idea for us; we’ll be adding much more to it over time. When the initial release comes to Test Realm during the Summer Update, we want the community to explore the new feature and give us as much feedback as possible so we can make it the best it can be. We’ll have more details in the coming weeks on what you can look forward to with Guilds, so stay tuned! 

For now, gather your initial questions and join us in an upcoming Guilds Roundtable with WhiteTiger93, and at the next KI Live on June 30. Gather your friends and get ready for Guilds! 

June 10, 2022 / kingsislemanderson

Pride 2022 Charity Livestream

Join our team for a very special charity livestream on June 11th at 12 PM CT! All money raised during the stream will be donated to OutRight Action International.

We can’t wait to celebrate Pride Month with all of you! We love to hear your stories and are humbled to know how much of a positive impact Wizard101 and Pirate101 have made on some of your lives. We look forward to continuing that and making our games and community the most inclusive places they can be.  

Check out the stream schedule below, and then join us on Twitch this June 11th at 12pm CT!

Details

What: Charity Livestream 

When: Saturday, June 11th at NOON PM Central Time 

Where: KingsIsle Entertainment Twitch Page

Why: To raise money for OutRight Action International 

To make this our biggest charity event yet, we’ll be raffling off some sweet prizes and have an action-packed stream schedule.  

Charity Stream Raffle 

If you donate to the cause during the livestream, you’ll be entered into a raffle for some amazing prizes. The more you donate, the more raffle tickets you’ll receive. Therefore, the more chances of winning you’ll have! The raffle ticket tiers are as follows: 

  • Level 1: $25 – 5 Total Raffle Entries 
  • Level 2: $50 – 10 Total Raffle Entries 
  • Level 3: $75 – 15 Total Raffle Entries 
  • Level 4: $100 – 20 Total Raffle Entries 
  • Level 5: More than $100 – 20 Raffle Entries per every Additional $100 
    • $200 = 40 Total Raffle Entries 
    • $300 = 60 Total Raffle Entries 
    • Etc… 

Note: these tiers are NOT additive. For example, if you donate $1 twice, you’ll still only have 1 raffle ticket entry. Likewise, if you donate $1 early in the stream and $24 later in the stream, your 1 raffle ticket entry will turn into 5 total, not 6. The numbers above represent total raffle ticket entries depending on how much you donate throughout the stream.  

Prizes 

Fantastic causes mean incredible prizes! 

  • Top Donor Prize – Gamma Plushie
  • Raffle Prizes: 
    • Gamma Plushie 
    • Free 12M Membership to either game  
    • 100,000 Crowns 
    • 60,000 Crowns 
    • 30,000 Crowns 
    • Peppergrass Glen Bundle 
    • Sky City Bundle 
    • Even Creepier Carnival Bundle 
    • Blacksmith’s Fjord Bundle 
    • 10,000 Crowns 
    • 5,000 Crowns 

The Top Donor will be announced at the end of the livestream with raffle prizes announced afterward.

Stream Schedule 

Note: Stream schedule is tentative and subject to change.  

Noon – Introductions + About the Stream

Introductions and explanation of how the stream will work. We’ll briefly go over the charities involved and show off this year’s new Pride charity raffle prizes.

12:30 PM – Talk with OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International will be coming onto the stream to talk about their work and answer questions! 

1 PM – Momma Rose (Family friendly Drag performer)

Momma Rose will be educating viewers about effective ways to support the LGBTQ+ community, share resources for queer kids, and spread the message everyone is Loved Accepted and Wanted! 

1:30 PM – Wizard101 Gameplay

Questing through Wizard101 and meeting new players!

It’s going to be a fun time! We hope you join us for a great cause! 

About OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International works at global, regional, and national levels to eradicate the persecution, inequality, and violence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people around the world. With staff in over 12 countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight was founded in 1990 and has recognized consultative status at the UN. 

June 1, 2022 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Celebrating Pride Month!

June marks the start of Pride Month, a time that highlights the LGBTQ+ community, diversity and inclusion, and celebrates people for being themselves.  

While we’ve made a lot of progress towards acceptance in the past few years, we still have a long way to go. The LGBTQ+ community continues to face discrimination on a daily basis worldwide. It’s tough knowing that many of our employees and players experience these hardships just because of who they are and how they identify themselves. Since we are a gaming company responsible for creating immersive experiences that bring people from all walks of life together, we can and want to help forge safe spaces not only in our game and community, but outside of those places too.  

To do that, we’ve teamed up with OutRight Action International this year for Pride Month.  

Welcome the Rainbow Roller 

Courageously colorful and full of life, the Rainbow Roller is our first ever Pride Month charity mount. All proceeds from the sales of this mount will be donated to OutRight Action International. You can find the Rainbow Roller Mount in the Crown Shop in both Wizard101 and Pirate101 for 7,500 Crowns. It will only be available to purchase during Pride Month, so don’t miss out on supporting this amazing cause! 

Show Off Your Pride 

When we rainbow-fied our social media icons for the very first time last year, you all were super excited and asked if we could put them on merch so you could show off your spiral Pride. We’re happy to oblige this year! Now through the end of the month, the rainbow Pride logos we revealed last year are available on shirts and hoodies on our Zazzle store. All proceeds from the sales of these products will be donated to OutRight Action International.  

You can see the Pride merch collection here. If shirts and hoodies aren’t your thing, you can also “customize” the designs to put them on any Zazzle product you want!

Streaming for Charity 

Join Kyle IceWielder and Hawkules for a very special charity livestream on June 11th at 12 PM Central Time! Much like the mount and merch sales, all money raised during the stream will be donated to OutRight Action International. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule soon! 

We can’t wait to celebrate Pride Month with all of you. We love to hear your stories and are humbled to know how much of a positive impact Wizard101 and Pirate101 have made on some of your lives. We look forward to continuing that and making our games and community the most inclusive places they can be.  

With Pride, 

The KingsIsle Team 

About OutRight Action International 

OutRight Action International works at global, regional, and national levels to eradicate the persecution, inequality, and violence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people around the world. With staff in over 12 countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight was founded in 1990 and has recognized consultative status at the United Nations. 

May 16, 2022 / kingsislemanderson

Wizard101 Registration For European Players Begins

Hello European Wizards! 

The time has come. KingsIsle has begun opening the registration process for completing the transition of Gameforge EU accounts. During the process, Gameforge Wizard101 EU players will be able to use their personal transition code to complete registration. 

Visit the Wizard101 Europe Transition Landing page to learn more about and start the transition registration process. The FAQ on this page has also been updated, so please check it for answers to the latest community questions. Be sure to only use the personal transition code you received from April 13 and beyond! Codes received prior to this date are invalid. 

Those who use their transition code will receive the following magical launch rewards from KingsIsle as a gift for completing registration: 

  • A Free 2-Week Membership to the Wizard101 European servers 
  • New Wings of Kings Mount 
  • New Dragon of Kings Pet 

We’re extremely excited to finally welcome you to our KingsIsle family! 

See you in the Spiral, 

Leah “Professor Falmea” Ruben 
Game Director, KingsIsle