In February, NTES announced they will have a new major game called Transformer, (I called it BB). I wrote an article about it here:
In the above article, I suspected that they will try to get the game out by June 2009 to coincide with the release of the movie 「Transformer 2」.
I was right, from the following article:
BB's developer say June 2009 is current planned date for the open beta for the game. Because BB is going to be an item-based game (free to play), open beta is the same as commercial operation.
On 4/3/2009, NTES planned to have the 2nd technical closed beta for BB.
Now, I just found out that there is another major game that is ready to go.
On 4/3/2009 (4/3 is going to be a busy day for NTES), there is going to be another new game developed by NTES that will go into Alpha testing. The name of the game is called Genesis: Journey to the West (「Chuang Shi Xi You Online」, 創世西遊). I will call it CSXY from now on. It is an in-house developed 3D MMORPG game. The game engine the same 「Big World」 engine used for TX2. That game engine is licensed from an Australian company. It is going to be a turn-based game. At this point, it is not known whether this game will be item-based (free to play) or paying game (time-based).
NTES started the development of this game in 2005. Therefore, this is a major game that NTES had already spent a lot of resource on.
The game's web site is http://csxy.163.com/
The following are some in-game graphics:
As can be seen from the graphics, this is a very beautiful game. Even though CSXY is another branch of the 「Journey to the West」 series of games (XY2, XY3, XYW, XYQ), it is clear that CSXY looks nothing like other Westward Journey games.
NTES uses the popularity of XY2 (the 3rd most popular game in
Similarly, NTES is going to do the same thing as CSXY. CSXY is going to be the 3rd leg of the 「Westward Journey」 series of games. Hopefully, CSXY can be as popular as XY2 or XYQ.