The latest update to Ascaron's PC RPG Sacred 2: Fallen Angel not only includes the beta version of the Sacred 2 network, but also contains a health dose of holiday cheer.

The main draw of the newly-released 620MB update would have to be the Sacred 2 network, which is essentially an online community for Sacred 2 players that adds an extensive ladder and highscore ranking system to the game. Players can win ranks and orders, compare their character and guild information, or use the social network to meet friends to play with. There's even a Hall of Fame and a Heroes' Cemetery to help immortalize legendary characters.

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The update also brings with it 20 new opponents, new armor and weapons, a new snow region, and a new holiday quest line that results in a set of armor even Santa Claus would wear.

Check out the screenshots below for a look at both the new holiday content and the Sacred 2 Network. The new patch is available as we speak at http://update.sacred2.com.

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SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel: Content update including beta version of SACRED 2 network now available!

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ASCARON, a leading German manufacturer and developer of games software, and Deep Silver, the games label of Koch Media, a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products, today announced an extensive content update, including the beta version of the long-desired SACRED 2 network, for the popular action RPG. The holiday update (620 MB) will be published on December 17, 2008.

The update is packed with new features such as new armour, a brand new snow region, a whopping 20 new opponents and spectacular new weapons. In addition, a completely new series of quests guarantees tons of gaming fun and provides a special set of armour specifically designed to get you into the festive spirit. Naturally, many game details were improved as well, making for an even better gaming experience.

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The first beta version of the SACRED 2 network includes an extensive ladder and highscore ranking system allowing you to compare your own performance to that of other community members. You can even win ranks and orders, and legendary characters are immortalized in a Heroes' Cemetery and a Hall of Fame. You can also use the social network to create your own profile then contact other users, make new friends, or arrange some multiplayer sessions.

Tincat, the flexible multiplayer engine from Arvato Systems, makes it possible to export all information belonging to a game character to the SACRED 2 network, and view it there. This allows players to compare character and guild information, and to view multiple highscore lists, making for additional long-term motivation.

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Thanks to the SACRED 2 auto-update feature, the holiday update will be automatically installed when the game is launched. You can also download the patch via a specially created landing page.

The ASCARON team is looking forward to feedback from the community and wishes everyone happy holidays and a wonderful year 2009.

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To download the software, please visit: http://update.sacred2.com.

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