Wizard101 Opens up Housing Market
Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), May 06, 2009 20:03
While the real housing market may still be languishing, KingsIsle Entertainment has made the dream quite accessible for players of online virtual world Wizard101® (www.wizard101.com). A robust new housing system called Wizard Castles and Lands is being made live in the game today, enabling players to customize their own personal space. The new feature ranges from a dorm room to luxury private floating island villas that can be decorated inside and out, complete with blossoming cherry trees, sculptures and a car in the driveway.
"As with other aspects of Wizard101," said Wizard101 Director J. Todd Coleman, "we really wanted to make sure Castles and Lands was a feature all of our players could participate in from the very beginning."
Wizard Castles and Lands provide a whole new aspect to the all-ages game of wizarding adventure, card collecting, spell casting, mini-games and more. All players, including Free-to-play (FTP), start out with a dorm room at the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts with hundreds of decorating options from wallpaper to in-game trophies. Modest and luxury private Castles and Lands can be purchased with in-game gold, giving players a virtual space to invite their friends and showcase their Wizard101 style.
Beginning in the fantasy-inspired world of Wizard City, a turtle character named "Buxley Turtleton" is the Castles and Lands vendor who allows players to choose a type of Wizard City-themed house. Each world in the game will have a turtle character that sells the Castles and Lands which correspond to the world the player is in at that time.
Players can teleport to their own house or over to a friends house via their Friends List. Decorations can be obtained through many methods including in-game gold, PvP Arena Points, quest rewards, exploration, defeat of selected bosses, common or rare enemy drops and Crown (microtransaction) purchase. Features include:
- Three tiers of housing: Dorm, Modest Private and Luxury Private
- Two housing styles for each of five current worlds, beginning with Wizard City.
- Over 1,000 decorative housing items such as plants, statues, wall hangings, columns, pictures, furniture and more.
- Many variations, including more than 20 types of detailed wallpaper and flooring.
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