Article published on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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IRVINE, Calif. – Classic console gaming meets massively multiplayer online (MMO) entertainment as Kill3rCombo introduces gamepad compatibility for its manga-inspired online beat-‘em-up, Elsword. Players now have the option of navigating through thrilling dungeons and fierce bosses with either the gamepad or keyboard as they battle and complete quests.

An asset to players longing for a console-style gaming experience, Elsword offers fully customizable gamepad mapping, affording players the opportunity to program their preferences, a feature not many MMOs can boast. The addition of the gamepad also lends itself to the side-scrolling action and comic book animation of the game, allowing gamers to try new strategies and combos to maximize damage.

Furthermore, players now have the help of an ally as they make their way through the formidable dungeons and cutthroat side-scrolling bosses of Elsword, the massively multi-player online action game. The all-new pet system makes its in-game debut recently, giving players the opportunity to traverse the anime-themed world with new companions at their side.

The pet system introduces gamers to the Pocket Phoru and Ancient Phoru, with Tree Knight and additional pets coming soon. Upon reaching level ten, players will have the opportunity to utilize their pet of choice to help them in quests. Though they may look cute and cuddly, pets actually have powerful attacks and buff skills that will prove integral to dungeon crawls. Pets also are maturing creatures with evolving personalities, and require care from their masters to maintain peak performance. They grow up as they are fed, progressing from infant to teen to adult, gaining stronger attacks and prowess with every change. How players treat their pet also will shape its personality, changing the range of combat performed.

“Introducing pets to Elsword adds another dimension to the game and allows players to become fully immersed in the comic book style world,” said Ben Colayco, CEO of Kill3rCombo. “By echoing character evolution and growth within the pet system, we wanted to reinforce that Elsword offers a unique and dynamic environment to players, while at the same time maintaining the key differentiators that set us apart, such as maturation of characters.”

In Elsword, players can currently choose from four specialized and customizable characters as they explore immersive maps and battle to complete dynamic quests. As gamers progress through the game, they will have the opportunity to evolve their fighting styles by upgrading to new job classes and watching as their chosen character matures and gains more abilities and combos. With intuitive and straightforward controls, Elsword offers players of all skill levels the chance to defeat enemies and deal damage, either on a solo mission or cooperatively in a party of up to four players. For those who welcome a challenge, Elsword also delivers action-packed player-versus-player (PvP) combat.