Snail Game, one of the emerging online games developer from China, is not just resting its laurels on the upcoming release of Age of Wulin worldwide. Introducing Black Gold Online, one of the most mysterious title for ChinaJoy 2011 but looking as one of the most promising China-developed title so far.
In fact, the game is actually co-developed by Russia studio, Mental Games as well. A steampunk world filled with magic as well, let me give you a brief look at the game’s storyline.
In a world full of mysteries and adventures, merging technology with magic, there exist this mineral called Black Gold. Fights broke out over the control of Black Gold, as it provides energy for both the technology and magic users.
Furthermore, when Black Gold is tempered by both techniques at the same time, a mysterious energy called “Black Steam” emerges. For the technology (or steampunk) side, it is used to power the various robots.
The land is further divided into 2 continents, where sunlight shone on the East (magic users) while the West (technology users) is covered in darkness. There were internal conflicts with regards to Black Gold, but eventually races from each individual sides (West and East) combined forces and went on to wage war with each other.
Here comes the confusing part. Listed on the website are 5 charactors (characters I think) and I am not sure if they are the classes or races. According to the lore, there should be a Dwarf race as well, but a short figure could not be seen even in the silhouettes.
2 are revealed so far, with them being the Gunslinger and Bear Shaman. And where are the robots?!
According to various online websites, other features include the customizable robot seen in the screenshot above, mobile mechanical fortresses (what?!), skill customization, multiplayer mounts and rides and even a DOTA mode for the the game. More official news should be released at ChinaJoy 2011, so stay tuned!