Frogster will be releasing the fourth chapter of the online role-playing game, Runes of Magic, called ‘Chapter IV – Lands of Despair later this year. A small number of players will be among the first to get access to the new content in the first closed beta starting in April. The new zone boasts an exciting background story with unexplored areas, dungeons, and a new level cap of 70, among other new features.

‘Chapter IV – Lands of Despair’ tells the story of a mighty, mysterious demon who has thrown the world of Taborea into turmoil. As part of his devious plan, he has released a horrifying contagion across the land, turning the inhabitants of entire villages into soulless zombies. Even Annelia, daughter of Lord Grafu, has joined his ranks as a young apprentice and has been consumed by the darkness inside her. Runes of Magic players will set off on a dangerous journey through uncharted regions, and confront new and terrifying creatures to bring light to this dark and afflicted land.

Players first steps in this intriguing empire will bring them to the ‘Land of Malevolence’, which can be reached by way of a path from the recently released Limo Desert. The zone is filled with contaminated forests and poisonous rivers, but the area’s main features are the many castles that dot the horizon, standing in contrast to the desert design of the previous region. The first of the new instances is tucked away in one of the many castles, alongside the countless hidden nooks and crannies. The new design concept of the chapter is perfectly embodied in Lord Grafu’s castle, where players must solve challenging puzzles and reign victorious in strategic battles in order to lay their hands on the coveted treasures stored within.

Runes of Magic: Chapter IV – Lands of Despair will be available for free download like all previous updates from Frogster.

Frogster will be showing new content from Chapter IV at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco from March 2-4, 2011 in San Francisco. The team from Frogster will also be available for interviews.

For more information on the new chapter visit our official website at: Runes of Magic – Homepage