WWE SmackDown headed to PC online market

THQ working with Korean developer Vertigo on a new approach to games for the US-based wrestling company.

Last year, THQ revealed plans to take its real-time strategy franchise Company of Heroes into the world of online gaming in Asia. While that title has yet to come to fruition, today the publisher confirmed it would be bringing another of its popular series to the continent.

In late 2010, THQ is planning to launch WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW Online (working title) for Korean PC gamers, with a wider Asian release to follow. A THQ representative could not comment for GameSpot on any release for the game in other regions.

To help the game crack the Asian online PC market, THQ has enlisted Korean studio Vertigo Games to handle development of the title. The developer has previously produced the online fighting game Kwonho and the massively multiplayer military first-person shooter Black Shot.

SmackDown! vs. RAW Online will allow players to create a wrestler and take them through a career in single-player or multiplayer matches with the goal of enshrinement in the WWE Hall of Fame. The game will utilize a microtransaction-driven business model that lets player purchase items, abilities, and themes to help them on their way.

In addition to SmackDown! vs. RAW Online and the Company of Heroes project, THQ has two more online PC titles in the works, both of them MMOGs. The higher-profile of the pair is the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 game, but the publisher is also working on the more casual-focused Dragonica, which it will bring to North America next year.

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D00M_Gaze
D00M_Gaze

DeadManRollin: The average internet connection speed in Korea and Japan is much faster than in any other parts of the world.

D00M_Gaze
D00M_Gaze

DeadManRollin: Internet in Korea and Japan is much faster than in any other parts of the world. They are not backwater countries, y

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

Crap idea to have an online focused product for Asian market where high bandwidth is still a major issue.

Amir29
Amir29

Considering how horrible the online feature is on Smackdown 2008, I'm not excited.

Ashki
Ashki

Do not want Smackdown vs. Raw online, the cheaters on the console versions are bad enough as is.

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

most wrestling PC games has been bad, I hope this will be way better

Proman84
Proman84

That could be cool. We could use more wrestling games on PC.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@blackace Your character will advance. The free to play games I've tried offer a trade off: play and get stuff in time, or pay now and get them now. Time or money, that's all. I think the microtransaction games like that are good; its a logical response to PC piracy in some ways, they're often playable by people with less than stellar machines, and they're availble to people to play regardless of budget. EA/DICE's first foray into this market, Battlefield Heroes needs to hurry up!

chevydriver1123
chevydriver1123

I can just picture all the mods that will come out to make the Divas nude.

blackace
blackace

Bleah!! You have to n pay for items, abilities, themes, music entrances and other crap or your wrestler doesn't advance. Lame. They should just make this game on XBox Live and have wrestler earn points and money that can be spent improving their wrestlers and buying new gear, music and managers. That's one thing I miss about WWF, a lot of the wrestlers had managers. You don't see that much anymore with WWE. I hate micromanagement in online games. It sucks. they can keep that crap in Korea.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

OMG! I've been waiting ages for another WWE licensed PC game. There's been none released anywhere on Earth since 2002.

Legend002
Legend002

Sounds like a great a concept but how will THQ execute this?

PolskaKing
PolskaKing

Gay why not in NA or even Europe. And instead make a gay Dragonica.(what the hell is Dragonica?)

chris98092
chris98092

Microtransactions for abilities? So if I don't pay up my toon will be doomed to suck?

halosniper52
halosniper52

"i hope this will make it to NA some day, cause i'd love to try the WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW Online it sounds cool" It sucks online just all lag like madden. And in a game like this lag will kill u.

Big_Evil666
Big_Evil666

i really want to try WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW Online it sounds cool, so i hope it makes it's way to North America some day

Big_Evil666
Big_Evil666

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