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MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 12/08/03)  | Pub:Virtrium
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Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted

Istaria is a fantasy MMORPG from Vitrium that emphasizes skill- and school-based character progression, player housing, and deep crafting.


FEATURES

  • Huge Fantasy World | Massive game world with two continents and numerous islands, environments, towns, and cities to explore.
  • Numerous Playable Races | Choose from the Dragon, Dwarf, Dryad, Elf, Fiend, Gnome, Half-Giant, Saris, Satyr, and Sslik races.
  • Multi-School Adventure System | Pick from 27 adventurer schools, with the ability to switch between schools by visiting a trainer.
  • Crafting | Gather and process resources to craft items with one of Istaria's 19 trade schools, or visit a trainer and switch schools.
  • Player Housing | Build your own house and outfit it with different structures for storage and crafting.

12th Anniversary Celebration Begins, Looking Ahead To 2016

The Istaria Online team has sent the word that the 12th Anniversary celebration is underway and will run through January 5th. Players can look forward to new combat pets and Winter Festival activities. Looking ahead to 2016, developers are excited about a graphic update to the Unreal engine and the addition of more story-based activities.

Posted Dec 27, 2015 by Catherine Daro
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Development Team Interview

Earlier this summer, the developers at Virtrium (VI) released a new content update that included a number of improvements and updates on existing game features. Most notably, the dragon's Adult Right of Passage received a large overhaul, as did the Scholar crafting school. MMORPG.com writer, Erin McManaway, had the chance to sit down with the development team to talk about the changes.

Posted Aug 04, 2010 by Suzie Ford
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Dragons 101

MMORPG.com Istaria reporter Erin McManaway writes this look at what might arguable be the game's most defining feature: the race of Dragons.

Posted Apr 15, 2010 by Jon Wood
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"Scourge of the Skulks" Free Update

MMORPG.com Istaria Reporter Erin McManaway returns this week to talk about that game's most recent update.

Posted Mar 03, 2010 by Jon Wood
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Free to Play Vs. Pay to Play

Did you know that Istaria actually offers three distinct pricing plans, one of which is a totally f2p option? MMORPG.com Istaria Reporter Erin McManaway re-introduces us to the three different ways to pay for the game formerly known as Horizons.

Posted Feb 10, 2010 by Jon Wood
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Dralnok’s Doom: New High Level Content

MMORPG.com Istaria expert Erin McManaway writes this look at Dralnok's Doom after receiving a tour of the upcoming high level content update from the folks at Virtrium.

Posted Nov 23, 2009 by Jon Wood
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When Community Really Counts

MMORPG.com Istaria Correspondent Erin McManaway writes this look at the tight knit community that exists in Istaria, the MMORPG formerly known as Horizons.

Posted Nov 04, 2009 by Jon Wood
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Name Change

The team at Vitrium, the company that most recently took over Horizons: Empire of Istaria have changed the name of their game simply to Istaria.

Posted Apr 15, 2008 by Keith Cross
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Ownership Change Interview

Horizons, a game that has changed ownership a number of times in the last year has changed again, This time though it's a company of mostly former Tulga Games folk running the show, fronted by CEO Rick Simmons who takes the time to talk to Carolyn Koh about the change and what it means.

Posted Sep 17, 2007 by Jon Wood
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Billing Issues Not Resolved

Virtrium has announced on the Horizons community forums that they have been unable to resolve lingering billing issues with EI. They have apologized to players, and have prepared a guide for players who need assistance resolving issues.

Posted Sep 10, 2007 by Keith Cross
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