August 10, 2011 Shanda Games Limited (“Shanda Games”) (Nasdaq: GAME), a leading online game developer, operator and publisher in China, announced today that one of its leading games, Dragon Nest, received “China Most Popular Online Game Award”, “Asia Best Design Award”, and “Asia Best Technology Award” at the Asia Online Game Awards Ceremony organized by [...]
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Perfect World to Launch Unlimited Closed Beta Testing for “Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber” on August 18
Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) recently announced it will launch unlimited closed beta testing for Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber, the company’s 2D martial arts MMORPG, on August 18, 2011.
Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber is Perfect World’s first 2D martial arts MMORPG. Adapted from Louis Cha’s acclaimed novel of the same name and based on Perfect World’s “AX” technology, the game will present gamers with an exciting and sophisticated world of martial arts.
Mr. Michael Chi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect World, commented, “The Chinese martial arts, or ‘Kungfu,’ are one of China’s greatest cultural legacies, and continue to hold special significance among the Chinese population all over the world. As Perfect World’s new martial arts title, Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber is elaborately developed to delight players with exciting content and an unforgettable gaming experience. In the future, Perfect World will continue utilizing high-quality global resources to deliver outstanding game masterpieces to players around the world.”
Valve will finally lift the lid on DOTA 2 during a tournament at Gamescom later this month, with the game due on shelves “later this year”. Sources have confirmed that some Chinese e-sports teams had received DOTA 2 clients to test the game.
Insiders believe there are 5 million DOTA players in China and most of them are young gamers. Several DOTA type games have emerged in recent years, like LOL, Three Countries for Commandeer and Dream of Three Ancient Kingdoms, which are quite popular.
DOTA 2’s operation authority in China has sparked severe competing from Tencent, Shangda Games, NetEase, Untx and Qihoo 360.
3D MMORPG Scar of the Sky OL, which was developed by Softstar Inc and operated by Shanghai Ferry Game, will cease operations soon. The game, like XianJian QiXia Zhuan OL (also known as The Legend of Sword and Fairy), has been online for less than half a year; both games are Softstar’s products and both have failed in the China market.
Though Softstar keeps failing in the online games industry, its PC game XianJian QiXia Zhuan 5 is a big success in China and has already sold 800,000 copies. Softstar has changed its agent to Baiyou in China this year.
Chinese game developer NetDragon Websoft and U.S. digital game maker Electronic Arts (EA) recently announced that their Dungeon Keeper OL will start a third close beta test on August 17 and will be opened for test in 2011Q4.
Dungeon Keeper OL is a 3D MMORPG developed by NetDragon and EA. The game is based on Bullfrogs Studio’s Dungeon Keeper TM, including themes, characters and other game content.
NetDragon had won exclusive rights to license and operate Dungeon Keeper Online in 2008. After three years’ developing, Dungeon Keeper OL is almost finished and has made a breakthrough in game mode, game world and game culture.
Dungeon Keeper OL is a double mode online game with simple operation requirements. Players can easily learn how to play the game without learning complex guiding.
Perfect World 2D Real-time online game Dragon Excalibur entered South Korea with a new name Master OL yesterday. The game will be operated by Weaver and its official site will be online in August; while the game’s closed beta test is set in Q3, 2011.
Weaver’s CEO said they had signed the contract because they value Perfect World’s experience in developing wonderful games. They would add some local features to the game and hope it could be a big success.
SEGA and Perfect World announced yesterday that the latter has the permission from Sega and Shueisha Inc. and will operate 3D MMORPG Saint Seiya Online (Chinese version) in mainland and Taiwan; Cartoonist Masami Kurumada will act as the game’s executive producer.
Perfect World’s CEO Yufeng Chi said:“ Saint Seiya is one of the best memories of Chinese ‘post 80s’ players; we feel much honored to work with Sega and Shueisha Inc. and make this influential cartoon into an online game.”
Korean game company Neoact will join the 2011 Chinajoy with its Dota type Chaos online and announce China’s operator for the game. As Neoact’s third DotA online game after HON and LOL in China, Chaos OL adapts Warcraft3’s classic maps. Chaos OL has a large user base in South Korea. Now the game has more than 3 million players and hundreds of professional teams. Every year there are over 8 large e-sports competitions related to Chaos OL.
Shanda Games’ Winger Group will hold a press conference in Shanghai on July 26. Holdfast will announce some big news on the conference and it is believed it may have something to do with Chaos OL.
Shanda Games today unveiled a set of new pictures of its upcoming 3D martial MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Chinese version. The game is expected to be released on Shanda’s Allstar Game Conference on July 28 and will also be shown on the Chinajoy 2011.
It is widely known that FF XIV has met some problems in Japan because of incomplete game content. The poor performance of FF XIV in Japan has dragged down Square Enix’s stock price. Square Enix has even changed its producers and modified the game content. The difference between FF XIV’s Janpanse version and Chinese version is still unknown, but we believe Shanda Games has ability to modify the game and make it popular in China.
Shanda Games’ Legend of Immortals will be officially launched on SNS website KaiXin. The game’s style is still unknown but its entering SNS site is a good start. It is very important for a highly developed client game to enlarge its user base.
However, sources say KaiXin’s traffic has dropped 30% since the beginning of this year. KaiXin is now behind RenRen and Tencent and its IPO may have met some problems.
ChangYou (NASDQ:CYOU)’s Duke of Mount Deer is finally announced open beta today, from the previous reports we’ve learnt that many giant numbers and well-known names that are indicated directly to the game’s vast expense in self-developments, cooperations and operations. I can barely count how many events have been issued to the game in these half of the year. We’ve got the game’s movie, a professional team that working on the CG and music part, several gameplays which are claimed as features by official, and so on.
Let me once again remind you the numbers in case you may forget, firstly we’ve got “600″, that’s the number of the developers including Chinese and Korean. Secondly it’s “4″ and “80,000,000″, the first means the years spent on development while the latter indicate to the total expense in RMB. The last one, “256″, describes a public world of a huge container for all-server players, is 256 times larger than a traditional world in the game.
In HERE i have a fully description of the game when its last closed beta announced, check for some general knowledges of the gameplays, graphics, classes and also the movies
Finally, we’ve got our chances of free-gank in Tencent’s League of Legends today, which is announced to open beta today with on activated code, no limitations at all. Official additionally offers two more new servers for the open beta to absorb more dota lovers in China who “hate” to obtain any code-only mmos previously.
During the last closed beta, which used to be issued in May, 25th, there were some unstable conditions of servers but dealt with official quickly and nicely, as a result. It seems that Tencent has collected enough confidences for opening arms to welcome more fans “physically” (for hardware capacities)and “mentally”(for idea of operations). The two-month closed beta has told us there have always been tanks, healers and most imortantly, the team spirit even in a dota-like e-sport game, ont only in mmos
There are thousands reasons for Tencent to bring Blade & Soul, a highly expected action title, to the China Joy 2011. So today’s news has undoubtedly announced Tencent decides to bring the big authorized title to China Joy, and to give fans some trophies with autographs of Blade & Soul’s creator Kim Hyung-Tae, who has made big efforts for B&S’s China launch.
The game, according to recent reports, has been become the top 1 in the Korean market just after launched. Since its screenshots, manuscripts and trailers unveiled previously, most of Chinese fans have been attracted by the elaborate graphics and fluent action moves. While, since Tencent has acquired the game, all the insiders from this industry are focusing on its efforts and all the fans are updating their computer configurations to wait the big title launch
Perfect World previously claimed Saint Seiya will attend China Joy, today the game’s official blog is opened and shows Perfect World may formally announce the game in Jul, 25th, for there is a big date picture on the index of the blog. The news firstly came out at May, after SEGA decided to adapt the well-known cosmic stories into a mmo, and finally chose Perfect World as the China inland agent.
After the news came, some insiders infered that the game’s 1st closed beta may be stared within the year while the official didn’t say anything. Altough the blog has been confirmed as Perfect World’s official website of the game today, but Perfect World still says nothing about the date, it seems they still want to put some wraps for that before China Joy 2011
It’s been really long to hear about any trends from Ubisoft Shanghai and its Football City Stars, I even remember I’ve reported this game few months ago and unable to find the link. Anyway, the game is announced today for the closed beta. In order to give more gameplays, the game is introduced to the popular RPG contents as well.
This back street soccer game even brings classes with FM, CM and CB, six attributes (strength, speed, shooting, passing, dribbling and gate keeping), 16 class skills, and 36 points of class talent trees, what a complex soccer game! And the game is even geared up with SNS contents, for each map, there are homes, bars, clubs, schools and gyms.
In competitions, the game offers a fully-free-customized control style, and an at-most 4v4 match