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The Chronicles of SpellBorn

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Within Temptation to write music for Spellborn’s upcoming online game.

The Hague, The Netherlands, February 8, 2006 Dutch rock sensation Within Temptation and game developer Spellborn NV announced a groundbreaking new partnership today.

Within Temptation will be providing exclusive songs to be featured in the worldwide in-game introduction events surrounding the release of the upcoming online PC game The Chronicles of Spellborn. This is the first time in history a platinum-selling rock band and the developers of a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game have announced such collaboration, marking a new era in the fusion of the arts of music and making games.

Within Temptation’s guitarist Robert Westerholt says: “Almost all of the band members are fanatic gamers. At home and on tour we play fantasy-orientated games to relax and sometimes even to get new inspiration. When we heard about The Chronicles of Spellborn and the fact that it was developed in The Netherlands, we were eager to contribute and write some exclusive tracks. Further collaboration beyond these tracks will be announced soon.”

Spellborn NV’s Marketing Manager Barry Hoffman adds: “Many of our game developers listen to Within Temptation’s music. Their music has added a whole new immersive dimension to our fantasy world. When the chance came to collaborate to this extent, we were extremely enthusiastic. Gamers have always listened to a lot of atmospheric music while playing whatever type of game. It was an obvious choice to want to work with a band that is capable of providing such a haunting and beautiful feel. This kind of collaboration is an example of true synergy between the music and game development industries.”

About Within Temptation
Founded in 1996 by guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation provides a compelling mix of symphonic rock, haunting Celtic melodies and powerful vocals. The band has released four albums in the past nine years and has toured worldwide.

The band has won the prestigious Conamus Music Export Prize (awarded to the best-selling Dutch band outside of the Netherlands) for the last three years in a row, has been awarded the Dutch “Pop Prize” (given to the Dutch group which has contributed the most to popular music), an “Edison” award (the Dutch equivalent of an American “Grammy”), and a “World Music Award”, among others. They have chart-topping gold and platinum albums as well as top ten hits in several European countries. To date, Within Temptation has sold over one million copies of their albums and DVDs worldwide.

About Spellborn NV
Since the founding of the company in 2004, Spellborn NV has focused on the single goal of developing an innovative Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG). Spellborn NV’s development studios are based in The Hague, The Netherlands. The multinational development team is made up of experienced professionals from the game development industry as well as specialists in the many other disciplines required to release a game of this scope. The team is bound by a collective desire to break conventions on the way to developing a revolutionary title.
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