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I'm sure many know I've been following this game closely, although it hasn't really gotten much positive attention due to the fact that it's from China and it's F2P with Cash Shop. It immediately gets lumped into the mix of poorly translated Asian money-grab games.
I read this article today that is very interesting: They've hired a Sony Pictures vet as their VP of Marketing (Dick Roberts).
Imagine a game that could help usher in new Wuxia (Kung-Fu, like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) TV shows and Movies? I think it would be amazing!
Here are a couple quotes from the interview:
THR: The game is cinematic, but Snail Games also has transmedia plans for this franchise. Can you talk about that?
Roberts: The goal in creating all of these games, especially Age of Wushu, is to create something that can translate easily to a weekly television show weekly or a motion picture. That was the pitch that the company used when it approached Jet Li, who is an international icon of martial arts and a major motion picture star globally. In China, he is a rock star. He’s looked at as the source. If Jet Li is involved in a project, especially in China, it’s authentic and that’s what Snail Games wanted. To bring Jet Li into these games as a spokesman tells everyone that there’s a special quality to these games. Snail Games wants to create these kinds of games that will translate well to other content that can be used and brought to the international audience. They’re not just creating video games for now. They’re creating content that will extend to other platforms down the road and into the future.
THR: What are your thoughts on the television potential for Snail Games properties?
Roberts: I’m a television guy and the content that Snail Games is creating could be broken up into syndicated shows, syndicated pieces online, webisodes. They have a very interesting story and plotlines. Some of the other games that are coming that we can’t discuss just yet, but which I’ve had the good fortune to see, are even more phenomenal. The stories are amazing. Think of very popular television shows like Game of Thrones and Spartacus and some of those shows that have really hit well in America. Those are the kinds of genres and quality that Snail Games is looking to create on the gaming side, and then translate to television and motion picture content. That’s the goal.
EDIT: Here is the interview video (almost word for word w/ the article (also added to my Big AoW Video Collection)
If in 1982 we played with the current mentality, we would have burned down all the pac man games since the red ghost was clearly OP. Instead we just got better at the game.