Back in 2009, I was just starting out on my blog and did a small review on a massive Chinese MMORPG, Tianxia 2 (link). Fast forward a little over 2 years later, its sequel was teased in recent weeks. Introducing Tianxia 3, developed and published by one of China’s online gaming powerhouses, Netease. A quick introductory preview video was revealed as well with no announcement of a Closed beta schedule.
Basically, Tianxia 3 is a martial arts MMORPG, with various new elements added which Netease claims to let players play the game instead of the game playing the players. There will be an interactive world, where every small action by players will affect the overall happenings in the game. This is shown by the ability to build cities from ground up, create players’ very own skills, start their own clans and record history annuals. Interactive environments, time, weather and seasons system are just some of the eye candies revealed so far.
Netease also boast that the game will have various different progression paths for players to choose, with many different “endgame” goals as well rather than just the questing and grinding. Like most of the details, everything is pretty vague right now. The thing which makes me believe the game will not see an English launch is due to the cloud technology Netease will be using. With world -class servers, the game can be played as long as there is a stable internet connection even on old PCs.