Yes, World of Immortals, the new stand-alone MMORPG spin-offed from the Battle of the Immortals series, has now gotten an official name, Empire of the Immortals. In the latest news release on the official Chinese website, an interview was held with Perfect World’s CEO, Mr Michael Chi regarding the new game. Tons of information were released (all these are only for the China server), so read on!
|Mr Michael Yufeng Chi, the 38years old founder and CEO of Perfect World|
Q: Empire of the Immortals and Battle of the Immortals have almost the same name. Can you tell us the exact relationship between these 2 titles?
A: Both games are from the same series of games, yet stand individually. When we were developing Empire of the Immortals (then an expansion to Battle of the Immortals), we found out that we have enough content to make it into the 2nd game in the Immortal series. And with the help of our overseas development team (I presume Runic Games), we also made the decision to transfer Empire of the Immortals to the various consoles (think Xbox 360 and PS3).
Q: Battle of the Immortals focused on player adventures, what will Empire of the Immortals aim to bring to the table?
A: Empire of the Immortals will be very focused on high-octane action within the game. Player versus Player (PvP) can be found almost every corner, in Family Wars, Guild Battles, Territorial Control, all wars big and small will bring endless fun to the players.
Q: How many classes will there be in Empire of the Immortals? What kind of experience will players go through during battles?
A: There will be 8 classes, with 3 announced recently. The rest will be revealed shortly. The battle system in Empire of the Immortals can be summed up using one word – freedom. Whatever actions that can be done in real life, players can expect them to be in the game.
Q: What kind of payment system will the game use?
A: While this is still in discussions, we have noticed that players seem to favor an hourly subscription model. And of course, the rest will be favoring the Free to Play model with a cash shop. We will not be excluding he possibility of both payment methods being used parallel to each other.
Q: Can you tell us when will Empire of the Immortals go live?
A: We are now having an internal beta testing for the game, and I am expecting the first round of limited closed beta happening soon. We will only release the game when it is up to our satisfaction, and I think it won’t be long.
Q: What future hopes does Perfect World has for Empire of the Immortals?
A: Empire of the Immortals is Perfect World’s first dark action MMO, and we will be looking forward to expand the game globally.
Perfect World Co., Ltd, a leading online game developer and operator based in China, today announced that it plans to launch a brand new MMORPG “Empire of the Immortals” soon. The new game is part of the immortals-themed online game series, which began with the Company’s first adventure MMORPG, “Battle of the Immortals.”
“Empire of the Immortals” features the international style of the “Immortals” series, and creatively incorporates ancient armory and weapons technologies into the online game. The game provides players eight unique classes to choose from, and offers gamers who love advanced game play a “Runes System” that allows for greatly personalized weapons and equipment, as well as a “Spirit System” that can add a vast spectrum of different attributes to gamers’ characters. “Empire of the Immortals” will run on an upgraded “Cube” engine to render exciting visual effects, innovative game play and battle modes.
Mr. Michael Chi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect World, commented, “As an internationalized online game, ‘Empire of the Immortals’ is an integral step in Perfect World’s strategy to diversify its products. In the past few years, we have taken tremendous effort to provide various game products that cater to players’ wide range of interests. We believe the ‘Immortals’ franchise will appeal to both Eastern and Western players, and the launch of ‘Empire of the Immortals’ is a key move in this endeavor.”