Heroes finds Company in China
In 2005, analysts predicted that while China's online market is on the precipice of massive growth, those benefiting would primarily be Chinese studios--save for Vivendi and its World of Warcraft franchise, of course. THQ is looking to disprove that forecast, as the publisher announced this week that it will be partnering with Shanghai-based Shanda Interactive Entertainment to bring Company of Heroes Online (working title) to mainland China in 2008. The Chinese version of COH will include the online component of Relic's WWII real-time strategy game, and players will be able to participate in both cooperative and competitive combat missions. The game will also feature a stat-tracking system, and players will be able to rank up from private to general.
Darkness, Dynasty Warriors samplers hit XBL
Xbox Live will be updated with a pair of demos this week. A trial run for 2K Games' well-reviewed The Darkness went up on Microsoft's online platform earlier today. The single-player demo features three early levels from the supernatural comic book-inspired action game. Also appearing this week on Xbox Live is a demo for Namco Bandai and Koei's crossover action title Dynasty Warriors: Gundam. In this single-player sampler, players assume the role of Heero Yuy as he attempts to thwart a "mysterious planet" from careening into Earth. The demo was scheduled to be available earlier today, but it has not yet appeared on Xbox Live as of press time.
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