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Graphical upgrades en route for Age of Wushu

How do you feel about Age of Wushu's graphics? Do you think that they could really use an upgrade? It seems that they'll be getting one. Shi Hai, CEO of Snail Games, was recently interviewed in China, and a translation of that interview reveals that graphical upgrades are definitely in the works. W...

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Browser game market in China 'booming'

If you love to hate on browser-based MMOs and feel as though their time has passed, China might like to have a word or two with you. Sales of browser-based titles in the country have risen substantially in the past two years, increasing 46 in 2012 according to a Taiwanese games company president, w...

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EVE Online breaks the 450k subscriber mark

There are more people in New Eden trying to blow each other up than ever before, isn't that great? Between the recent launch of the Retribution expansion and a relaunch in China, EVE Online has accumulated more than 450,000 subscribers. EVE developer CCP partnered up with TianCity to bring the ...

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ArcheAge to feature Chinese-themed city, additional content

XLGAMES' new fantasy sandbox is a big deal in its native Korea, of course, but it's also looking to turn a few heads in the Chinese market. ArcheAge has a strong presence at this week's Tencent media event, and XL has revealed that its devs are working on a new "main city" that features Chinese c...

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Blizzard and NetEase renew license deal for WoW in China

World of Warcraft may be bleeding subs in America thanks to newer competition, but don't tell that to Chinese publisher NetEase. The firm just renewed its licensing deal with Blizzard, which will cover localization and operation considers through 2015. NetEase operates WoW in mainland China (a...

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RIFT in China: 'Biggest game deal ever' for a Western MMO

How big is RIFT? Big enough to attract one of China's heavyweight MMO houses, apparently. Trion has announced a partnership with publishing giant Shanda that will bring RIFT to the Chinese gaming market, and CEO Lars Buttler tells Gamasutra that expanding the game's global reach is only the begin...

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Shanda Games going back to private ownership

If you've been following development on Eligium, you're probably at least passingly familiar with the name Shanda Games. You'd be more familiar with it in China, since the company also operates a variety of games from other markets, including Aion, MapleStory, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. A...

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Globex Studios hires Jason Bell to oversee development of Secret Kingdoms Online

There are a lot of growing markets in the MMO field at the moment, and one of those is indisputably the Chinese free-to-play market. Globex Studios is taking aim at precisely that demographic with its upcoming game Secret Kingdoms Online, with the company operating in both Chinese and North Ameri...

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Burnout: Report says Chinese gamers losing interest in MMOs

Is there a point at which oversaturation, cultural prominence and old habits collapse under their own weight? According to a recent survey by Chinese market analyst Niko Partners, trends are shifting away in China from hardcore MMO gaming to more casual fare like social networking games. GamesIn...

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Final Fantasy XIV, like Nixon, can in fact go to China

The Chinese market for MMOs is immense, but it's also a market that's proven remarkably resistant to foreign intrusion. (We don't need to recount the whole saga of World of Warcraft over there.) But in addition to launching nearly everywhere else, it looks as if Final Fantasy XIV will also be going...

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