Some of you may have seen the announcements about a new edition to the Universe today and on further inspection some of you may recognise just who is behind it all but more about that shortly.... First the planet itself... Planet Arkadia From the website... Planet Arkadia is an exciting new planet centred around Treasure Hunting, but is also a place for players to interact with their friends and other players in teams and in societies. Hunt or mine, or become an entrepreneur and trader. Explore breathtaking scenery alone or with a friend and make important historical discoveries. Remain a freelancer and strike out alone, or complete missions to gain attributes, the choice is yours. Your name could go down in the history books! A Massively Multiplayer Online virtual world, Planet Arkadia is set within the Entropia Universe. It is free to play, non-subscription Sci-Fi MMORPG with a Real Cash Economy pegged to the US dollar, ensuring the stability and value of the in world economy. Security is also catered for, with your personalised Gold Card system which provides a unique 6 digit code every time you log in. Planet Arkadia provides a secure entertainment platform that combines various forms of gaming for an incredible result that will transform your game playing experience. You can read the 3 stages of the back story here... Toans Exile Diary of Milton Lee Finding Sundari You'll have to agree this really sets up the mood for an interesting story line. The Main Team This is the part I alluded to earlier...The CEO of Arkadia Studios and the man behind the dream of Planet Arkadia is someone who may be known to many of us,Especially those in the Australian community. His name is David Dobson but maybe be better known to many of us as Dave Ozi Epsolon. I remember talking with Ozi some time ago about the possibilities that EU offered and I can certainly tell then it was something that inspired him and he had just the type of mind to expand and make the most of it given the right avenue.He of course had his misgivings about some of the decisions MA was making and some of the opportunities they had appeared to be missing at the time so you know what they say "If you want something done right you had better do it yourself" and thats exactly what he seems to have done.I think moving himself and his newly pregnant wife-whom most of us will know as "Missa"-from Australia to Singapore is testament to the commitment he has in the success of this project.(also congrats to you both for baby James.) He has assembled a first class team in bringing on board concept artist Feng Zhu of Feng Zhu Design who brings with him an impressive background of movies and games he has worked on such as Transformers,Star Wars,Gears of War,Command and Conquer just to name a few. His studio boasts an amazing list of clients with the likes of Lucas Film,Disney,Warner Brothers,Marvel Comics,Ubisoft,Electronic Arts,Sony Games,WACOM,Microsoft etc. So he certainly has the experience and vision it takes to create an awe inspiring world that can make the most of the Cry2 engine. > Cyrus Chen will be Planet Arkadia's Community Manager. My guess is he'll be the man to give us the teasers and keep us informed of how things are going-be kind to him guys. I'm sure he will soon realise just how hungry and passionate the Entropia community is for new and exciting things. > A tentative release date is expected during the first half 2011 and of course I'm sure Cyrus will keep us all as informed as he can as to how things are progressing although no matter how much he tells us it wont be enough as we tend to be a hungry bunch when it comes to exciting news like this.When the information starts to arrive it will of course be added to the EntropiaPlanets Wiki for Arkadia. So as you can see there is a passionate and experienced team working hard to bring us what I expect to be one of the premier destinations in our Universe so show them your support by joining up to the newsletter on their website Planet Arkadia and also to the forums here or if your on Facebook throw them a "like" here . And remember.....He's one of us so he knows what we want. So best of Luck Ozi to you and the team and may all your visions come to fruition....soon. UPDATES Added the 4th installment of the back story-To Risk The World Added link to interview with CEO Dave "Ozi" Dobson Here Added video of FZD's graduating class of 2010 Installment 5 of the Arkadia back story added-Converging Paths Installment 6 of the Arkadia back story added-Rolling The Dice Installment 7 of the Arkadia back story added-Approaching Destiny Added a teaser of one of the weapons to be found on Arkadia as posted on Facebook Added link to press release-David "Deathifier" Storey comes on Board as in investor-Full press release can be found on the Arkadia Forums here. Added link to interview with Alex Chapman-Clements,Lead writer for the Arkadia front line news,what we've come to know as the 'back story'. Installment 8 of the Arkadia back story added-In The Balance Added second weapon sneak peek. Installment 9 of the Arkadia back story added-Arkadia Rising Installment 10 of the Arkadia back story added-The Hunted Weapon readiness test video added-Watch it here Installment 11 of the Arkadia back story added -Before The Dawn Herman ASI BLP Series images added-As posted Here Herman ASI BLP Series Test Sequence added-As posted Here Installment 12 of the Arkadia back story added-Progress In The Ruins Installment 13 of the Arkadia back story added-A Place in History Installment 14 of the Arkadia back story added-Report From Arkadia Installment 15 of the Arkadia back story added-Permission for Forgiveness Sneak peek of the MAKO FAL-1 added-as posted Here. Added MAKO FAL-1 test sequence video as released in the Planet Arkadia Newsletter. Installment 16 of the Arkadia back story added-A Fiery Awakening test sequence added. Added Link to All Arkadia video releases in one thread. Installment 17 of the Arkadia back story added-Against The Tide Added video of the Installment 18 of the Arkadia back story added-Swamped Installment 19 of the Arkadia back story added-Hunted By Death Installment 20 of the Arkadia back story added-Punching a Hole Added image of the Herman ARK 40 Arctic Herman ARK 40 Arctic test sequence video can be found HERE Installment 21 of the Arkadia back story added-Reconnected Installment 22 of the Arkadia back story added-Extraction Added link to screenshots released via Facebook. Installment 23 of the Arkadia back story has been added-Moonshine Installment 24 of the Arkadia back story added-Refuelled Added image of the 'Oweko' Installment 25 of the Arkadia back story added-Chiharo's Gamble Added image of the new Arkadian Mining Gear Installment 26 (Final Installment) of the Arkadia back story added-The Final Stand Announcement of various Alienware products avaliable to be looted on Planet Arkadia launch.See Facebook page or Arkadia Forum for details. Planet Arkadia launch date announced-24th May 2011 Added new screenshots and Video test sequence of the Added screenshots of Arkadia Firebase as posted on Facebook.