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Opera and Funcom Creating Anarchy on the Web

June 27, 2001

Anarchy online browser composed on Opera

Oslo, Norway - June 27, 2001

Funcom today unleashed its popular game Anarchy with its own browser created on the Opera Composer from Opera Software. The Opera Composer, also released today at PCExpo in NY, lets users create their own browser and download it for free from the Internet.

The release of Anarchy Online on June 27 marks a milestone on the massive multi-player online gaming arena. Not only is Anarchy Online the first online world in a science fiction setting, the game also promises exceptional graphics and a gaming world that gives the phrase "dynamic gaming environment" a brand new meaning.

"We are always looking for ways to give our users a complete online gaming experience. With all our customers spending a lot of time online, we wanted to give them ability to use the Anarchy Online image and design on their desktop as well," says VP of Marketing Tomas Schreiner at Funcom.

Anarchy Online is the first massive multi-player online role-playing game in a science fiction setting and already gained the popularity of thousands of fans worldwide. This game can only be played online and users will need to pay a monthly subscription fee in order to access the game. Players will encounter a thriving, constantly developing, 3D online world with thousands of other players connected at the same time.

"This is a great example of how the Opera Composer can be used by companies or individuals to express themselves in their Web browser," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software. "We hope that many more will follow Funcom's example and explore their creativity on the Web."

  • add personal/special buttons to the user interface with title/URL/hover tip
  • skin personalized images for toolbar and background
  • personalize the browser name
  • create their own splash/start-up screen
  • customize Hotlist bookmarks/e-mail/contacts and 2 HTML fields
  • set their own start page

Download the Anarchy Online Browser or create your own at composer.opera.com

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About Funcom

As an international games developer and publisher, Funcom has offices in Switzerland, PC development and marketing in Norway, Xbox development in Ireland, and a new technical support and marketing office in Durham, North Carolina. Formed in 1993, Funcom is best known for The Longest Journey, voted Adventure Game of the Year 2000 by both PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World. Anarchy Online (www.anarchy-online.com) is the company's upcoming highly anticipated title. Funcom has had an impressive development track record producing titles for many platforms such as Pocahontas, Casper, Speed Punks, and Championship Motocross. With over 170 employees, the company now publishes and develops games exclusively for the Xbox console system and PC with a particular focus for online components. For more details about Funcom, please visit www.funcom.com, or e-mail pr@funcom.com and marketing@funcom.com.

About Opera Software

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsersfor the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has receivedinternational recognition from end-users and the industry press for beingfaster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. OperaSoftware ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learnmore about Opera at www.opera.com.

Contacts

FunCom

Marit Lund
Funcom Inc., Public Relations Manager
Tel: +47 22 42 01 02
E-mail: maritl@funcom.com

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.