Trion Worlds and Chinese Internet firm Shanda Games have entered into an agreement which will see the release of RIFT in China. Shanda will hold the exclusive license for RIFT localized in Mandarin, a deal which Trion CEO Lars Buttler called “a huge step for Western premium games in China.” Trion’s expansion to Asia follows the firm’s recent $85 million round of equity financing, which will also help the firm along as it develops its consumer platform and full-scale publishing and development platform Red Door, later this year. The release of RIFT in Mainland China will be announced at a later date.
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