Posts Tagged ‘Netease’

MMOSite On Tian Xia III

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011, posted by Matt

from the Eastern desk

Evelin at MMOSite has covered Tian Xia III’s beta launch on BigWorld Technology.

Tian Xia III takes place in an immersive fantasy world full of ancient Chinese mythology and philosophical undertones. The game features fast-paced combat that mixes twitch and dice-roll styles, as well as uncommonly deep narrative integration into quest chains and a visual aesthetic that draws on the architectural and tonal history of China. The game strongly emphasizes the creation of family structures between avatars, including marriage, utilizing a unique family system. As in most MMO’s, players benefit from collaboration, but NetEase intends to improve upon that by introducing mechanics like multi-passenger mounts, as well as content that can only be generated by multiple users working in concert.

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NetEase Brings Tian Xia III Into Beta on BigWorld Technology

Friday, November 11th, 2011, posted by Matt

BigWorld Pty Ltd, a developer of online game and MMO development middleware technology, is continuing a decade-long track record powering NetEase’s newest Chinese MMO, Tian Xia III

Austin, Texas – Thursday, November 10, 2011

Video Trailer: http://bgwld.co/uPP3uZ
Beta Launch Aircraft Party Video: http://bgwld.co/teFbSq

Chinese internet giant NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES) is using BigWorld Technology to power its newest MMO, Tian Xia III (天下3), which has now entered beta. The game offers new quests, environments and features to build on the rich tapestry of Chinese mythology and innovative MMO design established by its predecessor, Tian Xia II, one of the most popular MMO’s in China. On beta launch day, thousands of players filed into Tian Xia III servers and a limited-edition box release sold out in less than 30 minutes.

Tian Xia III takes place in an immersive fantasy world full of ancient Chinese mythology and philosophical undertones. The game features fast-paced combat that mixes twitch and dice-roll styles, as well as uncommonly deep narrative integration into quest chains and a visual aesthetic that draws on the architectural and tonal history of China. The game strongly emphasizes the creation of family structures between avatars, including marriage, utilizing a unique family system. As in most MMO’s, players benefit from collaboration, but NetEase intends to improve upon that by introducing mechanics like multi-passenger mounts, as well as content that can only be generated by multiple users working in concert.

“Feedback from the alpha player community has indicated that NetEase has expertly wielded the BigWorld Technology tool suite to create another rich and immersive MMO, and we’re proud as ever to be powering the game” says Lei Guo, Director of Greater China Region at BigWorld.

NetEase originally chose BigWorld as its middleware solution because the technology offers an end-to-end solution for MMO development. Unlike traditional game middleware that offers only on the front-end client, BigWorld offers an end-to-end solution. BigWorld Server is a highly scalable back-end solution specifically optimized for the BigWorld Client, tools, plugins, instrumentation, and the rest of the BigWorld suite. BigWorld Server made it possible to scale rapidly to support bulging beta server with no down time.

NetEase Director Michael Tong says “we have found BigWorld Technology to be extremely flexible and robust. Our artists and world builders have found BigWorld’s content creation tools intuitive and very powerful …and the technical support is excellent. The good experience with BigWorld leads us to extend the BigWorld technology empowered product line.”

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About BigWorld

BigWorld Pty Ltd was formed in 2002, and has offices in Australia, Europe, USA and China. BigWorld Technology provides developers of online games a competitive advantage by significantly reducing risk, cost and time to market. The BigWorld Technology Suite includes a highly scalable and stable server, robust next-gen client, content creation tools, a library of 3rd party plugins, full support, and other accompanying tools. Multiple licensing options are available. More information at www.bigworldtech.com

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About NetEase

NetEase was founded in 1997, seeing its first major successes as a search engine provider. The company operates 163.com, a popular and heavily-trafficked web portal that was the 28th most visited site in the world in April 2010, according to Alexas’ internet rankings. The company expanded to develop MMO’s, developing titles like Fantasy Westward Journey. NetEase became one of BigWorld’s first Asian customers when the Australian middleware developer first entered Asia over ten years ago. The company has since developed multiple successful titles on the technology, including Tian Xia II and Genesis: Journey to the West. More information at http://tx3.163.com/

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Genesis: Journey to the West: Apocrypha Gameplay Trailer

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, posted by Matt

from the netease desk

Chinese internet giant Netease licensed BigWorld Technology to build Genesis: Journey to the West, their hybrid MMO/tactics fighting game. It is a unique offering in the Chinese MMO offering, and is one of the multiple titles Netease is building on BigWorld tech.

See, here, some of the action as seen through the player’s eyes….

Tian Xia III: Netease Sheds Light, Shares Video

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the tease desk

Chinese internet giant Netease has licensed BigWorld Technology for a few of its projects, including Tian Xia II, one of the most popular MMO’s in China.

They revealed a bit of information regarding the followup, Tian Xia III.

Netease tells us that Tian Xia III will elaborate on the “butterfly effect” framework of Tian Xia II. Player choices will effect the world strongly, though how specifically this will function we’re still unsure. Content creation will be a hallmark in the game, however, as players will be able to populate the world with their own housing, castles, schools, and other content of that type. Players will also be given the ability to create their own unique classes and ability sets. The game promises to appeal to hardcore and casual audiences alike, providing “7 paths” to “success.”

The video below is the first promo for the game, and does actually contain some gameplay capture, in which you can see some optimization they’ve done with the BigWorld Client…

Chinajoy 2011: Netease Pavilion

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, posted by Matt

from the cosplay desk

Chinajoy, the biggest games expo in China, has come and gone, and freepaper has covered BigWorld licensee Netease’s pavilion. Images capture a bit of the chaos of Chinajoy.

Netease is the Beijing-based internet giant that currently holds the Chinese licenses for World of Warcraft and Starcraft. The company also developed and maintains BigWorld-powered Tian Xia II, one of the most popular MMO’s in China. Netease was in full force, showcasing Tian Xia II, and its wealth of other titles.

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Netease Gearing Up for ChinaJoy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the festival fervor desk

BigWorld is on its way to Chinajoy, the biggest games conference in China. Most of our partners and licensees will be there, as well as an ocean of cosplayers, booth babes, developers, and press. BigWorld Technology licensee Netease has given us a nice glimpse of what they have planned.

The Beijing-based, 15-year-old internet giant is known for its thorough presence at games conferences, particularly ChinaJoy. On demonstration will be BigWorld-powered Tian Xia II, one of the most popular MMO’s in Asia, as well as a host of the studio’s other titles. Netease also operates World of Warcraft and Starcraft II in China.

Anyone even slightly interested in Netease should find this page useful. They’ve provided all necessary prep material for a visit to their pavilion. You can find a full virtual tour of the booth, the lineup of their booth… ahem, representatives, all the games that will be on showcase (including BigWorld-powered Tian Xia II), and a boatload of other info here.

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BigWorld Licensee Netease “Leading Chinese Game Revolution”

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011, posted by Matt

from the revenues dept.

Brian Deagon over at Investors.com wrote up an interesting article regarding the state of the games industry in China, and the strengths of the free-to-play model in that market. This model has been proven by companies like Netease, a BigWorld licensee. BigWorld was one of the earliest companies to enter China in the 90’s, and has since established itself strongly as a widely-adopted platform solution for Chinese developers. Netease, who holds the World of Warcraft license in China, and has built games like Tian Xia II on BigWorld tech, is currently number two in gaming revenues drawn last year, reports Deagon. Netease and Sohu have been particularly popular amongst investors recently. All of this marks a stronger shift than ever away from the box retail model, and more into free-to-play and social/casual games.

Name of the game: Games companies need to be lean, mean, flexible and creative to maneuver through a changing landscape that is disrupting older business models.

Full article here.

We reported a few days back regarding Netease’s Q1 financial report, which will should be an interesting read for anyone interested in seeing how this Chinese gaming giant is approaching its market.

Keep an eye out, as well, for a related article we’re writing for a major game magazine. You’ll know it when you see it ;)

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