These excerpts taken from the SOHU 10-K filed Feb 26, 2009.
We have three new MMORPGs in the pipeline, Duke of Mount Deer (or DMD), which is being developed in house, and Immortal Faith (or IF) and Legend of Ancient World (or LAW), both of which we licensed from third parties. Rather than developing a large number and different types of online games, we have chosen to focus our development efforts on a smaller number of quality MMORPGs.
DMD is adapted from the popular novel Duke of Mount Deer written by Louis Cha, the same author from whose novel we developed TLBB. DMD will be a 2.5D MMORPG targeting a broader audience than TLBB by using cartoon-style graphics and other features, including fashionable outfits and variations to game player appearances, that may appeal to more female game players. Game players can engage in adventures and form partnerships with other game players and compete based on martial arts skills. We expect to begin open beta testing of DMD in the fourth quarter of 2009.
IF is a 2D MMORPG set against a backdrop of a number of ancient Chinese myths and folklore, which are used to create various missions in the game to attract game players. Game players play characters that can travel between heaven and earth, while encountering legendary figures in mystical settings. We expect to begin open beta testing of IF in the second quarter of 2009.
LAW is a 2.5D MMORPG set in ancient China at the beginning of Chinese civilization, approximately 5,000 years ago. Game players can travel from the modern world to the ancient world in the game, and change the world with magic, martial arts, machinery, and technology. This game targets game players in their late teens to late 20s who enjoy reading fantasy literature. We expect to begin open beta testing of LAW in early 2010.
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IF is a 2D MMORPG set against a backdrop of a number of ancient Chinese myths and folklore,
LAW is a 2.5D MMORPG set in ancient China at the beginning of Chinese civilization, approximately 5,000 years ago. Game
These excerpts taken from the SOHU 10-K filed Feb 28, 2008.
In August 2007, we obtained rights to develop the game The Duke of Mount Deer, another famous novel written by Mr. Louis Cha, author of TLBB. This will be a 2.5D cartoon style MMORPG game and is now under development. In December 2007, we licensed a new MMORPG game, The Legend of the Ancient World, from a local studio. This will be a 2.5D MMORPG game and is now under development.
In addition to MMORPG games, we also operate a casual game platform on our portal, which mainly consists of 40 casual