In-development sports MMO Empire of Sports has signed Belgian tennis superstar Justine Henin to appear in the game.
Empire of Sports is the Eurovision Song Contest of massively multiplayer gaming. It's brash, colourful, competitive, plastic, repetitive, and curiously addictive; it's cheap but glossy, shallow but expansive, cheesy but endearingly earnest.
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You knew that, eventually, it was coming. Perhaps the only surprise is that it came from a relatively obscure French team rather than one of the mega-publishers. You'd have thought that - say - Electronic Arts would have figured that getting paid twelve times a year may be a better bet than getting paid once for an update. But no. It's developers F4 - in a joint venture with the financial muscle of Sports Marketing company Infronts - who have had a crack.
French developer F4's upcoming Empire of Sports MMORPG has gone into closed beta, allowing selected players to try out its various sporting simulations and the world around them.
EoS sees players roll sports-people rather than warriors and train to compete online against others in tennis, basketball, skiing, bobsleigh and track and field, with football (soccer) launching soon.
Apart from the actual doing-of-sport, players will travel between various cities, meet with coaches, form groups and teams, customise their avatars and of course train to become better. It's also important to watch what you eat. And in the game.