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  • Warhammer Online gets Asian launch next week

    Warhammer Online is to launch in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau next week via GigaMedia’s FunTown game platform, Kotaku reports. The Mythic MMO currently has around 300,000 subs in the US.

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  • Nearly 9,000 games trade staff made redundant in last year

    Up to 8,450 game industry professionals have lost their jobs since July 2008, according to analyst Wanda Meloni. Around 6,300 jobs have been lost from the North American trade, the rest coming from Asia and the UK. Meloni noted that multiple studios have bitten the dust during the period. “A handful of others are on […]

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  • Kotick: Get hardware below $199 for "mass market" success

    Activision boss Bobby Kotick’s told Reuters that global economic gloom means console-makers should get their machines below $199 to see “mass” results. “The price on platforms today has still not gotten down to mass-market price points and I think when you’re in the economic circumstances that the world has found itself in, there really is […]

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  • Asian Ninja Blade released in English, region-free

    The Asian version of From Software’s Ninja Blade’s been released, says Siliconera, and it’s region-free. And in English. You should, therefore, buy it. Don’t think. Thinking won’t get you anywhere. Buying Ninja Blade will. Thanks, Kotaku.

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  • NFS World Online to enter testing in Far East

    Need for Speed World Online, one of a trio of newly announced games from the EA fanchise, is to enter technical testing in Taiwan and Hong Kong in March. The free-roaming, free-to-play effort has no solid release date as yet other than 2009. Press release after the break.

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  • PSP to get Asian makeover

    Siliconera reports that SCEA (Asia) is releasing “Radiant Red” and “Vibrant Blue” PSPs. The new models will cost $1,380 Hong Kong Dollars (approx. €130) and will almost definitely never ever leave Eastern shores so you can look,. but you can’t touch. Bit more through the link. Thanks, Kotaku. By Mike Bowden

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  • LotRO likely to be second truly successful western MMO in Asia, says Steefel

    If, as planned, Lord of the Rings Online can successfully launch in China next year, the game is likely to become only the second truly successful western MMO released in Asia, the game’s dev lead Jeff Steefel has told VG247. “I would argue that if we could successfully launch LotRO in China, we will probably […]

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  • New Hellgate expansion in development

    Bit slow on this, sorry. HanbitSoft – the South Korean company that now owns the rights to Hellgate: London – has confirmed that there’s new content in the pipe for the troubled action-RPG-MMO. “Since acquiring the intellectual property rights, HanbitSoft Inc., the publisher and distributor of Hellgate: London in Asia, has concentrated on the development […]

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  • EA's Asian revenue is "nowhere" near desired level, says exec

    EA Asia boss Jon Niermann has admitted that revenue for the publisher in the region is lower than target, but has pointed to a heavy release schedule of online game to boost funds. “It’s nowhere where it needs to be. We need to get that growth significantly higher,” Niermann told the AP. Asian revenues account […]

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  • PS3 to launch in Malaysia on September 20

    Star Online is reporting that PlayStation 3 will launch in Malaysia this Saturday, September 20 Should you be Malaysian and want to get involved, the machines will be available from 11.30am at the 1Utama shopping centre in Petaling Jaya (just keep going after you pass the church on the right). So there you go. Thanks […]

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  • Atari sells 34 percent of Euro-Asian sales network to Namco

    Namco’s bought 34 percent of Atari’s European and Asian sales network for €30 million. Between June 31, 2012 to June 20, 2013, Namco will also have the option to buy the remaining 66 percent from Infogrames. “I am delighted that this transaction strengthens our outstanding partnership with Namco Bandai, one of the industry’s greatest creators […]

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  • Home hitting Asia this "fall"

    Sony’s put out a press release saying Home will release in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan in “fall 2008″. There’s going to be a closed beta in “mid-September,” apparently. Full thing after the drop. Thanks, Kotaku.

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  • Cevat Yerli to keynote GC Asia Conference

    According to this GI story, Crytek boss Cevat Yerli’s been confirmed as a keynote speaker at Games Convention Asia Conference this year. “The technology available today is light years ahead of what was generally available just five years ago,” he said. “Add those advancements to increasing technical expertise as we learn more about graphically creating […]

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  • WAR's website gives Asian date

    According to Singapore’s official Warhammer Online website, Mythic’s long-delayed, highly anticipated fantasy MMO will be releasing in the country on September 23. There’s no word on whether or not this will have any bearing on other regions, but we’ll check tomorrow. Good news to those watching the game, anyway.

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Asia Latest

  • Warhammer Online gets Asian launch next week

    Warhammer Online is to launch in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau next week via GigaMedia’s FunTown game platform, Kotaku reports. The Mythic MMO currently has around 300,000 subs in the US.

  • Nearly 9,000 games trade staff made redundant in last year

    Up to 8,450 game industry professionals have lost their jobs since July 2008, according to analyst Wanda Meloni. Around 6,300 jobs have been lost from the North American trade, the rest coming from Asia and the UK. Meloni noted that multiple studios have bitten the dust during the period. “A handful of others are on […]

  • Kotick: Get hardware below $199 for “mass market” success

    Activision boss Bobby Kotick’s told Reuters that global economic gloom means console-makers should get their machines below $199 to see “mass” results. “The price on platforms today has still not gotten down to mass-market price points and I think when you’re in the economic circumstances that the world has found itself in, there really is […]

  • Asian Ninja Blade released in English, region-free

    The Asian version of From Software’s Ninja Blade’s been released, says Siliconera, and it’s region-free. And in English. You should, therefore, buy it. Don’t think. Thinking won’t get you anywhere. Buying Ninja Blade will. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • NFS World Online to enter testing in Far East

    Need for Speed World Online, one of a trio of newly announced games from the EA fanchise, is to enter technical testing in Taiwan and Hong Kong in March. The free-roaming, free-to-play effort has no solid release date as yet other than 2009. Press release after the break.

  • PSP to get Asian makeover

    Siliconera reports that SCEA (Asia) is releasing “Radiant Red” and “Vibrant Blue” PSPs. The new models will cost $1,380 Hong Kong Dollars (approx. €130) and will almost definitely never ever leave Eastern shores so you can look,. but you can’t touch. Bit more through the link. Thanks, Kotaku. By Mike Bowden

  • LotRO likely to be second truly successful western MMO in Asia, says Steefel

    If, as planned, Lord of the Rings Online can successfully launch in China next year, the game is likely to become only the second truly successful western MMO released in Asia, the game’s dev lead Jeff Steefel has told VG247. “I would argue that if we could successfully launch LotRO in China, we will probably […]

  • New Hellgate expansion in development

    Bit slow on this, sorry. HanbitSoft – the South Korean company that now owns the rights to Hellgate: London – has confirmed that there’s new content in the pipe for the troubled action-RPG-MMO. “Since acquiring the intellectual property rights, HanbitSoft Inc., the publisher and distributor of Hellgate: London in Asia, has concentrated on the development […]

  • EA’s Asian revenue is “nowhere” near desired level, says exec

    EA Asia boss Jon Niermann has admitted that revenue for the publisher in the region is lower than target, but has pointed to a heavy release schedule of online game to boost funds. “It’s nowhere where it needs to be. We need to get that growth significantly higher,” Niermann told the AP. Asian revenues account […]

  • PS3 to launch in Malaysia on September 20

    Star Online is reporting that PlayStation 3 will launch in Malaysia this Saturday, September 20 Should you be Malaysian and want to get involved, the machines will be available from 11.30am at the 1Utama shopping centre in Petaling Jaya (just keep going after you pass the church on the right). So there you go. Thanks […]

  • Atari sells 34 percent of Euro-Asian sales network to Namco

    Namco’s bought 34 percent of Atari’s European and Asian sales network for €30 million. Between June 31, 2012 to June 20, 2013, Namco will also have the option to buy the remaining 66 percent from Infogrames. “I am delighted that this transaction strengthens our outstanding partnership with Namco Bandai, one of the industry’s greatest creators […]

  • Home hitting Asia this “fall”

    Sony’s put out a press release saying Home will release in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan in “fall 2008″. There’s going to be a closed beta in “mid-September,” apparently. Full thing after the drop. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Cevat Yerli to keynote GC Asia Conference

    According to this GI story, Crytek boss Cevat Yerli’s been confirmed as a keynote speaker at Games Convention Asia Conference this year. “The technology available today is light years ahead of what was generally available just five years ago,” he said. “Add those advancements to increasing technical expertise as we learn more about graphically creating […]

  • WAR’s website gives Asian date

    According to Singapore’s official Warhammer Online website, Mythic’s long-delayed, highly anticipated fantasy MMO will be releasing in the country on September 23. There’s no word on whether or not this will have any bearing on other regions, but we’ll check tomorrow. Good news to those watching the game, anyway.

  • FIFA Online 2 site goes live

    Here. The Asia-heavy football MMO is working up to launch in the third-quarter of this year, and is slated for release in ten countries in the region. Said a spokesperson: “The site will be further developed in the near future to incorporate a forum and more information about the game but in the meantime, players […]

  • Nintendo and Sony look to Asian expansion

    According to this Thompson Financial story, quoting the Nikkei, both Nintendo and Sony are showing serious signs or moving their businesses into other areas of Asia outside Japan. Apparently, 20 DS titles are to be release in South Korea this year, and Nintendo “has started providing technologies to a South Korean game developer, which has […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl custom stages can be shared between regions

    Super Smash Bros. World is reporting that custom stages in SSBB can now be shared between regions. “It all comes down to where you place the stages on your SD card,” says the site. “There are specific directory structures for each region. So, if you’re from America, all your stages (downloaded or created) will go […]

  • Tales of Vesperia demo hits Asian Marketplace

    From the Major. Namco’s posted a demo of Tales of Vesperia, but only for the Asian and Indian Marketplaces. The game is region free so grab it now, if you can. By Mike Bowden

  • EA expects online revenue explosion from Asia

    According to this Reuters story, EA expects revenue from online gaming in Asia to account for three-fifths of its business in the region within five years. The figure compared to the 10-15 percent expected this year. “This year, the online business for Asia is going to represent somewhere between 10-15 percent of our business,” said […]

  • WAR to ship in Oz, NZ and Far East in line with US and Europe

    EA’s just confirmed that Warhammer Online will hit Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia at the same time as America and Europe. The region will also have its own dedicated server, based in Australia. “Warhammer is a world-wide franchise with a strong following in Australia and New Zealand. By placing our own server down under […]

  • 360 price dropped in four Asian markets

    According to this Bloomberg report, Microsoft has dropped the price of Xbox 360 in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. The price of a basic version will drop by 17 percent to NT$10,360 ($340) in Taiwan and by about 11 percent in Hong Kong effective today, Hsieh said. Prices will fall 5.1 percent to […]

  • Take-Two announces Asian expansion

    Take-Two announced a push into “high growth Asia Pacific markets” this afternoon, say that its hired Hubert Larenaudie – previously of EA and Vivendi – to spearhead the expansion. Base in Singapore, Larenaudie will be henceforth known but his new and completely awesome job title, “President for Asia”. “Many of Take-Two’s franchises, such as Grand […]

  • FIFA Online 2 to hit 10 Asian countries

    We didn’t even know there was a FIFA Online 1. The game’s success in Korea has prompted a sequel – FIFA Online 2 – to be rolled out in 10 Asia Pacific countries in the third quarter this year, according to this. IAHGames is to handle the title locally for EA. Go Peter. We knew […]

  • Games Convention Asia 2008 set for September 18-20

    Leipziger Messe’s confirmed that Games Convention Asia 2008 has been dated for September 18-20 in Singapore. The event will take place at the Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre. More than 70,000 people turned up to last year’s event, which is billed as the only serious show in the region, which is expected to see […]

  • NCSoft Europe CEO: New City of Heroes titles planned, Aion for Q4 2008 release

    Speaking to VG247, NCSoft Europe CEO Geoff Heath has confirmed that the company is planning to launch new titles in the City of Heroes franchise “in the next couple of years” and will bring Korean swords-and-sorcery MMO Aion: Tower of Eternity to Europe in “Q4 of this year.” “We have some major plans for City […]

  • Giant Play-Asia sale on now

    Forgot to post this last night. There’s a massive sale on at Play Asia, with over 5,000 items discounted and a prize draw to win Japanese stuff. Go have a look. There’s bound to be something you’ll want to waste your money on.

  • New Halo 3 bundle for non-Japanese, Asian markets

    Microsoft’s offering a new Xbox 360 pack for Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, to include a 20Gb console, two wireless controllers, a month’s Live sub and Halo 3. The bundle’s priced at S$699 (about £242) and is available now.