Global game publisher 505 Games, a subsidiary of Digital Bros. S.p.A., has revealed in partnership with top Chinese gaming company Duoyi Network the development of a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in the hugely popular Portal Knights universe.
This follows an announcement today from Digital Bros. that the Chinese localized version of Portal Knights – distributed by Duoyi – has sold more than one million copies in Greater China across mobile and PC platforms.
Portal Knights, an original IP created and published by 505 Games, is a 3D action-adventure game with RPG and sandbox elements that allow users to play together in a colorful world where they must fight, gather resources and build structures and equipment necessary for their survival.
“This is an exciting milestone for the worldwide growth of the Portal Knights IP,” said Raffaele Galante, CEO of Digital Bros and 505 Games. “Our relationship with Duoyi Network has been crucial to the game’s expansion into China, and now the partnership is providing an opportunity for further growth and depth of the IP by bringing a well-rounded and enjoyable MMO experience to the Portal Knights community.”
Currently in development by Duoyi Network, with key support from 505 Games, the upcoming game will share core features of the original Portal Knights premium game, including sandbox, construction, and role-playing elements, while introducing MMO mechanics and embracing a freemium monetization model.
According to the press release, players will have the ability to enjoy and explore the sandbox world of Portal Knights on a larger scale than ever before, while experiencing new gameplay including navigating self-created maps, joining guilds, teaming up to challenge other cities and more.
The upcoming MMO extension will be published by Duoyi Network in Greater China, and by 505 Games in the rest of the world.
A demo of the game will be shown to players for the first time at China Joy, “one of the most important digital entertainment events in the world,” held in Shanghai from August 2, 2019, through August 5, 2019.
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