Snail Games USA announced yesterday that the company will publish the popular Chinese MMORPG Age of Wushu in the United States.
The game, defined the “Most Anticipated in China” by the publisher, is indeed definitely interesting, especially for gamers that also happen to be martial arts enthusiasts or to love martial arts movies.
There will be no classes or levels, and players will be able to chose between different schools and storylines freely.
Here’s a quick run down of the main features directly from the game’s fact sheet:
A quite interesting detail is in the choice of name. Westerners normally use the popular term “Kung Fu” to describe the vast variety of martial arts coming from China. That term is rather improper, as it simply means “Skillful activity”.
The proper term to describe Chinese martial arts is “Wushu”, but few actually know or use it outside of China. “Wushu” has also been officially adopted after World War II to define martial arts as a sport in China.
Age of Wushu will be published in Europe by gPotato, with the title “Age of Wulin” (“Wulin” is the term used in Chinese literature to describe the society of the masters of martial arts). You can check out the announcement trailer and a few screenshots and pieces of artwork below.
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