Publisher Shanda Games has revealed that a Dragon Nest sequel is in the works.
According to the company's CEO Donghai Qian during the 17173.com industry awards event in China (via MMO Culture), the sequel is currently in the early stages of development. The game will not be as colorful as its predecessor but will retain its 3D graphics.
The sequel will adopt an open-world design instead of the instance-based design used in the prequel. Development for the game will go on for two more years before it will be officially revealed.
Shanda Games acquired Dragon Nest and Dungeon Strikers developer Eyedentity Games in September 2010. For more information on the first Dragon Nest title, check out GameSpot's coverage.