Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Romance of the Three Kingdoms-based RPG

My cousin is bringing in an MMORPG into the country. I did their press release below. He tells me he just got interviewed by Hackenslash.

With the plethora of massively multiplayer online role-playing games in the country, is there room for one more? One small startup company thinks so, and it's bringing in a new game with a decidedly Asian flavor.

The game has as its backdrop the Chinese classic "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Altough written over 600 years ago, it is still arguably the most popular novel in Asia. Partly truth, partly fiction, ROTK spans the golden age of chivalry with larger-than-life heroes, court intrigue, massive army battles, and bloody castle sieges.

The novel tells of the epic of the Han Dynasty in the 2nd and 3rd Century, a time of turmoil as the Emperor lost control of the country through insiduous court eunuchs at the top and popular rebellion at the bottom. Warlords seized the opportunity to rise to power, and civil war ensued. Out of this chaos came three smaller states: Wei, Wu, and Shu, the eponymous Three Kingdoms, warring for control of the Imperial throne.

"Romance of the Three Kingdoms: TS-Online" places the player as a wandering hero in the period, complete with stunning maps where the events in the novels take place. Heroes from the novel come to life as non-player characters (NPC) that the ROTK gamer can interact with and with whom they can change the course of the story.

Unlike the current batch of MMORPGs in which players take control of only one character Diablo-style, ROTK plays more like Final Fantasy. Players can assemble a band of adventurers, the benefits of which can be appreciated in large multi-character battles as in castle sieges.

ROTK also features a comprehensive magic system based on the Elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Once they reach the higher levels, players can also summon monsters to aid them in their battles.

Top players, regardless of which world their characters start in, can also earn the right to pit their sword and sorcery against each other in a combat arena.

Owing to its breathtaking story, vibrant community, and dynamic RPG combat system, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms: TS-Online" has risen to be the most popular MMORPG in Taiwan and Thailand. MB Systems, a Cebu-based startup company consisting of Internet service providers, gamers, and entrepreneurs, bought the Philippine rights to the game.

"Romance of the Three Kingdoms: TS-Online" will debut in open beta in May 2005.

Yes, Migs, it's another one of those. But more than the game itself, I'm curious about the startup process.

"Romance of the Three Kingdoms" does sound like a very intriguing novel. And an online version is available at www.threekingdoms.com.

1 comment:

  1. I expect that it's a crunchy setting, seeing that a number of games have been made for it over the years.

    What I'm wary about, however, is whether or not the MMORPG crowd will be receptive to more games entering the market.