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Enter the (Net)Dragon

17/05/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Will everyone be kung fu fighting in this new oriental-themed Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game?

NetDragon Websoft, a Chinese online game developer, is announcing that it will start the alpha testing of Conquer Online 2.0 (English Version) at end of May 2005.

Conquer Online, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) combining ancient Chinese Kungfu elements with western mystical environments, was developed by TQ Digital Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of NetDragon Websoft Inc. Conquer Online 1.0 was launched in the worldwide English market in January 2004 and has quickly become one of the most popular MMORPGs in the English gaming market.

"We are adding many new exciting features to Conquer 2.0, such as new maps and new quests, new clothing and individualized appearance, upgraded housing system, inter-server wars, fishing system, weather system, and many more," said Liu Dejian, CEO of NetDragon and Chief Game Designer for Conquer Online. "NetDragon and TQ Digital are committed to provide the best online gaming and entertainment content to our players."

"As the first company in the world to offer a free download, free-to-play MMORPG, our business model for Conquer 1.0 was extremely successfully over the last 18 months," said Frank Chen, Director and Senior Vice President of NetDragon Websoft Inc. "We will continue to offer Conquer 2.0 as a free download, free-to-play MMORPG. In the mean time, current Conquer 1.0 players will have seamless upgrade to 2.0, once the alpha and beta testing periods are over."

The alpha/beta testing of Conquer 2.0 is expected to last for 3-6 months. Over this period new features of Conquer 2.0 will be gradually added to the server for testing. Account registration for Conquer 2.0 might be limited during the alpha testing phase.

In the mean time, the account registration for Conquer 1.0 is unlimited, and a player can register and download Conquer 1.0 over at http://www.conqueronline.com

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