Tag: ChinaJoy

Webzen takes action on The9 by introducing MU 2

The9 announced they are developing 3D web-based game MU Return(奇迹归来) during CDEC, an unit event of Chinajoy 2013. The9 is using ‘MU’(奇迹) without the permission from the original creator, Webzen.

The9 has been introduced various games under the name of ‘MU’ since 2009. They revealed MU X at Chinajoy 2009. When Webzen claimed, they changed the title as MU Legend(奇迹传说). In April, 2013, they changed it as MU 2 again. They even announced that they are going to introduce various games under MU brand.

Webzen will take action on The9 by introducing the true sequel of MU. Webzen have a plan to invite Chinese media to the media conference and CBT to remind them MU is belong to Webzen. Wenzen said they will do the best to protect the trademark right and promote MU 2 actively in China at the same time.

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5 trends in Chinajoy 2012

Chinajoy was held from the 26th to the 29th of July. We summarized the event as follows.

Large scale games

The scale of Chinese online games becomes as large as China itself. Shanda Games put 100 million Yuan (US$15.7 million) for the initial development finances into developing ‘Age of Dawn’, Diablo-like action MMORPG.

Dragon Swords from Netease, Saint Seiya Online and Swordman from Perfect World are all big name MMORPGs. Because Chinese online game market is saturated with the full of MMO games already, only the big name games could get a chance to succeed.

Western online games is flooding to China

The9 devoted its booth entirely to ‘Planetside 2’ from Sony Online Entertainment with 20vs20vs 20 PvP zone. Kongzhong also demonstrated World of Tank from Wargaming.net only at the booth. Netease contribute the half of the booth to games from Blizzard entertainment such as ‘WOW: Mist of Pandaria’, ‘Starcraft2: Heart of the swarm’, and ‘Diablo3’. Shanda Games presented RIFT as well.

A guy from Shanda Games said “Since Chinese gamer’s level has been going up high, Chinese publishers are interested in publishing major online games from abroad. It becomes as important as publishing in-house games.”

Diversity of genre

Chinese developers are trying to create games with different perspective. Since most Chinese online games were eastern style fantasy MMO only, games became sick of them.
Black Gold from Snail Games has the unique world that combines the world of fantasy and punk together.

‘Dragon Sword’ from Netease, ‘The exorcist’ from Kunlun are a few example of games with unique worlds.

Non-typical shooting games

Since Crossfire is dominating Chinese online FPS market and more than 20 TPS online games are competing in China, non-typical shooting games were introduced such as ‘Penguin Warfair’ from Snail Games, Chang-sin-gi and T-game(逆战)from Tencent.

Go Mobile

EA, China Mobile and lots of small-mid size mobile game companies were presented in Chinajoy 2012. The reason that there were so many mobile games in Chinajoy 2012 is related to the increasing population of smartphone users in China. There were more smartphone users than PC internet users.

Photos from Chinajoy 2012

Chinese 2012 was held last week. So many Chinese online games was introduced to gamers. We have picked a few pictures from Chinajoy 2012. All of them were taken from foreign booths.

Chinajoy 2012 at Shanghai international Expo center

B2C Booth of Chinajoy 2012

John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment, with Soon-woo Park, CEO of The9 Korea at Planetside 2 booth

Planetside2 20vs20vs20 PvP booth

World of Warcraft: Mist of Pandaria booth

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm booth

Blizzard’s Panda folding fan was very popular

[The9] MUX. Sounds familiar?

It’s not my fault that every posting regarding The9 has something to do with losing license and coming up with look-alike games. This again is too amusing to pass.

The9 sent out an invite to press saying they are going to unveil a new MMORPG game, MUX, during ChinaJoy. Obviously the company has been developing the game for two years. The issue here is that the company not-so-subtly implied MUX is the official successor of Mu Online, which by the way?they are currently publishing in China.

That left Webzen, a developer of Mu Online, very puzzled. The9 didn’t give its partner any heads-up about this AND Webzen has been working on Mu2 since first half year of 2009.

I will keep you on how this story evolves. In the meantime, take a look at its teaser site.

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