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Sunday, October 3, 2010
Kitsu Saga on the Web
#Freemmorpg KITSU SAGA is now in Closed Beta

Video courtesy of Youtube


Here is a list of what websites are talking about Aeria Games' newest addition to their free mmorpg catalogue, a cute anime-inspired mmorpg called, "Kitsu Saga" (from the same team that brought you Grand Fantasia -- and looks like it too).

Gamershell

MMOHut

Gamesradar

MMOzone
http://www.mmozone.com/kitsu-saga.html -- this is actually a page that takes you right to the download page at Aeria's official Kitsu Saga page but it popped up towards top of Google

Gamespot

Massively

GGftw

N4G

MMOSite

Bigdownload


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Press Release: Aeria Style
Below is from the Aeria Games homepage press release page which announced their plans to cooperative with Tecmo Koei and release Dynasty Warriors Online outside of Japan.

"Dynasty Warriors Online Slashing Its Way to North America, Europe
Veteran Free-to-play Publisher Aeria Games Will Host and Produce Legendary Title
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Aug. 12, 2010 – Dynasty Warriors, one of the leading hack „n slash
franchises of all time with more than 18 million copies sold, will be available soon as a free-to play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game: Dynasty Warriors Online. Aeria Games, a
leading publisher of interactive entertainment, struck a licensing agreement with TECMO KOEI to distribute and operate Dynasty Warriors Online in North America and Europe. The first MMO version of the acclaimed franchise combines the fast-paced, epic-scale action made famous by Dynasty Warriors with intense online multiplayer gameplay. As with all of Aeria Games‟ titles, Dynasty Warriors Online will be free to play.
Dynasty Warriors Online is an action-oriented tactical combat game, focusing on frenetic
fighting and deadly showdowns against giant hordes on sprawling battlefields. Player-created
characters interact with historical generals and warriors from China‟s famous “Three Kingdoms” period. Players swear allegiances to warring factions and battle online to determine who will conquer Ancient China.
Vicious Head-to-Head Combat: Unleash your skills in hard-hitting 4-on-4 brawls and
12-on-12 clashes against opposing players
Epic Online Battles: Wage war supported by massive NPC armies across several
game modes, including PvP, territorial control, story-based battles and more
Dynamic Character Growth: Fight with a broad variety of weapons and level up your
warrior mid-battle – start each skirmish with basic attributes and collect power-ups from
the field
Rewrite History: Change the dominant faction of the Three Kingdoms based on players‟
in-game performance and victories
“Dynasty Warriors is one of the most fun, beloved and treasured video game franchises and is
among the first great gaming IPs to be offered as a free-to-play online game experience,” said
J.T. Nguyen, COO of Aeria Games. “The free-to-play Dynasty Warriors Online delivers the
experience of the popular franchise into a fresh new multiplayer setting, allowing players to both compete and cooperate in grand battles for control of the Three Kingdoms. We‟re delighted to share the game with Aeria‟s growing community of more than 13 million members.”
Dynasty Warriors Online will begin closed beta testing (CBT) soon. Aeria Games members can
sign up on the Dynasty Warriors Online website at http://dynastywarriors.aeriagames.com, and first-time players can register as a member for free at http://www.aeriagames.com.
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About Aeria Games
Aeria Games, a leading destination for online entertainment, provides an unrivaled MMO
gaming experience to a growing community of more than 13 million members. The online
gaming portal offers a broad selection of fun, high-quality games, including Fantasy MMORPGs,
FPS, Casual MMOs and browser games. Aeria Games is committed to its position as the
world‟s premier publisher and portal, with high-quality, innovative content and outstanding
customer service.
Based in Silicon Valley, Calif., Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 2006 and has offices in the United States, Japan, Germany and Brazil. More information about Aeria Games can be found at www.aeriagames.com.
About TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD.
TECMO KOEI GAMES is a developer of interactive entertainment software for current
generation consoles, handhelds, digital download content, as well as online and mobile games.
The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of TECMO KOEI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.,
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja
Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl® and Fatal Frame® series. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty
Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises and online titles such as Dynasty Warriors®
Online and Nobunaga‟s Ambition® Online."

Nice informative release. Not exactly an mmorpg per se as is common to Aeria's portfolio until now, but nonetheless a power addition to their lineup of online games. Koei is also licensing its pirate mmorpg Uncharted Waters to netmarble.com.

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Monday, August 23, 2010
Aeria Expands: Big Bucks invested in Latin America
15 Million Smackers Going to Brazil! So that's why the Aeria promotions have been heating up lately!

Translation from Portuguese article at FOLHA.com:
(quoted translation)
Aeria Games, a company that promotes various RPG games online, like Shaiya, Grand Fantasia and Dynasty Warriors Online, will invest U.S. $ 15 million in Latin America over the next two years. The operation will be commanded from the Sao Paulo office, which brings together 15 professionals. The intention is to assemble a team of 70 employees by the end of 2010.


Founded in 2006, the company, which is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., earned 15 million players in the United States, Europe and China. The company's business model is to offer games free-to-play "- free, no monthly fees, but with the possibility of buying items by the player, with real money.
Disclosure
Grand Fantasia, play with focus on children and teenagers; traces of the game are coming anime
Grand Fantasia, play with focus on children and teenagers; traces of the game are coming anime

"The Latin American market is of utmost importance to us. We believe that having an office in Brazil will be the best option to offer specialized care for our gamers, keep the good relationship and a quality service," said JT Nguyen, director of operations at Aeria Games.

"Players of Latin America are essential to Aeria Games community, which decided to invest in the region to ensure they have the best gaming experience possible," said Paul Fernandes, director of operations for Latin America. He said the operation in Brazil begins with Shaiya and Grand Fanstasia and until December following the launch of one title per month, Portuguese and Spanish. The games will be fully translated."
(end quote)

I think this article and others circulated in other languages about this development clearly indicates Aeria's dedication not only to capture a huge potential market like Brazil (and essentially Portugal), but to continue its push to all edges of the globe in sharing its ever-increasing portfolio of free online games and free mmorpgs.

Whether it can make good on its promise of releasing fully localized versions of its games - one per month - will be interesting to see as most of Aeria's latest games haven't been around long enough to prove themselves in a constantly changing environment of player trends, competition from big, brand named developers/publishers, as rival f2p portals.

Aeria Games started off as a Japan based company and expanded overseas with highly addicting and fun games supported by talented developers, marketers and a rapidly growing population of players. The games Aeria Games provides outside of Japan may differ greatly from the Japanese Aeria's menu.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Dynasty Warriors Online in America (SOON!)


Your favorite feudal China era hack n slash game is coming to Aeria Games this fall (hopefully)
Known for its portfolio of free mmorpg, rts and social games, Aeria and Koei are working together to bring Dynasty Warriors Online (DWO) to the North America and European masses!

Koei is known for its console-based games based on feudal eras of both Japan and China, with hack n' slash titles like Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) and Dynasty Warriors (Sangoku Musou) respectively, as well as one of the first epic strategy games Nobunaga's Ambition. They also are responsible for Gundam variants of Dynasty Warriors (in collaboration with BandaiNamco games).

An announcement was made at various websites as well as the Aeria Games forums but for those who used to smash their PS2 controllers to bits trying to tackles hordes of enemy units will probably find that they might have to take out an insurance policy on their mouse and keyboards as DWO will be available only on PC.

A couple articles for reference:

No news on whether Samurai Warriors, another Koei hack n slash game based on the Japanese Warring States Era, will follow DWO as a free to play mmo, but there have been some positive responses from the gaming community as well as some criticism among Aeria-bashers and hack n slash critics alike.

A premiere source of KOEI related information is at Koei Warriors, a site dedicated to Dynasty Warriors and other games.

You be the judge and read up all you can on this upcoming brand, finally making its way across the Pacific Ocean to your home or internet cafe. By the way, it's free to play but will of course have the usual optional micropayments and item mall existent in all "f2p" online games -- just to warn ya!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Legendary Champions Squidoo Lens
Gives a (very) brief description of 16 of the champions to appear in the upcoming free mmorpg Legendary Champions to be published by Aeria Games and Entertainment.

There are several videos as well that demonstrate the ingame graphics, play experience and the character animations.

Trailer
God Beasts
Game play (one)
Game play (two)

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Anime themed mmorpg Appeal
Anime themed mmorpgs hold a special place in many players' hearts. Why? Because Japanese anime and manga as a subculture is an effective method in which to present an mmo in a unique way, as well as provide all the conventional mechanisms and features of traditional mmos like Guild Wars, Everquest, etc. Plus there are millions of fans globally who wouldn't dare frown on a chance to interact in a world not limited to DVD episodes, imported/localized comic libraries.

However, what we do not see is highly popular anime and manga franchises being turned into mmos. Stories like Naruto, Pokemon, or even Cowboy Bebop would make great mmos even if their original creators and copyright holders don't see them as being profitable or enjoyable outside the Japanese market.

Cowboy Bebop, a well known anime outside of Japan but not as popular domestically, using the mmo mechanics of EVE: Online, Freelancer and other sci-fi mmos, would not only be a great revival for the series, but would give the sci-fi and space mmorpg subgenre its own anime themed mmorpg. Alternatively, it would provide the base on which to build a virtual galaxy filled with mafia, bounty hunters, police, merchants, and of course space pirates.

Why hasn't this avenue been explored yet? There have been quite a number of fantasy mmorpgs that include medieval, light vs dark, LOTR and Three Kingdoms themes. It shouldn't be difficult to start from scratch for an amie space mmo or at least heavily based on an international gem like Cowboy Bebop.

If sci-fi mmos aren't your thing, then what if anime/manga publishers to cooperate with game devs to make a completely Japanese themed world? If Japanese subculture like anime/manga is such a huge thing, why not make a virtual Japan that incorporates all that and more? A Japanese Second Life is what it would amount to, but keeping to true to most anime themed mmorpgs, characters and settings would be abbreviated illustrations. Metropolitan districts, farmlands, ancient castle ruins, tropical islands, etc. Different servers can host a different backdrop of the game specific to ancient, medieval, industrial and modern Japans while the mechanics in each "era" would stay the same (quests, parties, EXP gaining, trade, etc.). Maybe too big of a project?

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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Play nice, or don't



Nobody said you have to play nice but there is a consensus that doing so makes it fun for everyone. Then again, what if you have even more fun by bending/breaking all the rules and driving people mad? It's part of the game, so the saying goes. Deal with it, or stop playing, or be bad and have a ball!
Free mmorpgs are especially vulnerable to poor sports as the gravest of insults and violations of TOS result in a banned account. A banned free account, mind you. These days, it's even easier to set up multiple accounts and even generate false IP addresses in case someone at the gaming portal gets wise and tries to block you that way.
Whether to give in to refined mmorpg playing etiquette or not shouldn't be a struggle despite cries from the gaming community to put a stop to or prevent certain evils within the games themselves: spamming, PKing, Kill-stealing, mob-robbing, and more. However, in the end, the winners are the players who refuse to be silenced or limited by using their wits, technical prowess, and the ever-(and over-) presence of free mmorpgs in which to ruffle more people's feathers.

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