America Online Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that the popular AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service will be integrated into The Matrix Online. This marks the first time that players in a massively multi-player online game will be able to link an existing AIM identity to a new in-game character, creating real-time communication with other Matrix players and other AIM buddies inside or outside of the Matrix.
“By integrating AOL’s renowned instant messaging technologies into the gaming world with The Matrix Online, we’re enabling consumers to extend their entertainment experience beyond the game and into their everyday lives,” says Matthew Bromberg, VP and general manager of AOL Games. “It is AOL’s goal to bring online entertainment to the mass market. This is one example of how we’re leveraging AOL’s tools, services and technologies to bring that goal to life.”
The Matrix Online will allow tens of thousands of players to log into the Matrix world to take an active role in continuing the saga of movie trilogy. It is being developed by Monolith Prods. in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and the Wachowski Brothers, creators of the Matrix trilogy. More information about the game can be found at www.thematrixonline.com.