Zu Online, which refers to lots of classical sutras, has its setting based on the supernature novel---The Life of Swordsman in an area called Zu. It is an elaborately and well-designed 3D MMORPG with a rich culture of immortals and knight-errants. Its most outstanding feature is putting emphasis on the traditional Chinese culture of monkery. Now let Ice Han, Product Manager of Zu Online, give us more information about this game.
MMOsite: Thank you for taking our interview. First can you briefly introduce yourself and your company, IGG, to our readers?
Ice Han: IGG is a fast rising digital interactive entertainment company, whose business is primarily focused on MMORPGs and is dedicated to developing itself into the largest interactive entertainment platform by bringing a unique gaming environment and community to gamers all over the world.
Established in June 2005, our headquarters is set in Fuzhou, a beautiful city in southeastern China, and has set branches in the US, Canada, Mainland China and Hong Kong. After three years of effort, IGG has developed into a professional high-tech company that covers the business range of online game development, publication, distribution and service. We have nearly 250 employees. The average age is 25. You see, our employees are very young, thus the working atmosphere is very active. We have more than 5 million registered members and the number is still increasing quickly.
According to the latest investigation of the world-authorized visit calculation site—Alexa.com, www.igg.com ranked 793rd at March, 2008.
IGG (www.igg.com) has been and continues to be one of the most famous and successful online gaming platforms worldwide.
As for me, I began to get connected with online games at 2003. In 2004, I joined NetDragon company and began to publish Chinese games. I joined IGG in 2006 when it began publishing English games.
MMOsite: In overview, what kind of an online world is Zu Online like? What is the backstory of Zu Online? There is a movie called The Legend of Zu directed by Tsui Hark. Did the developers draw any inspiration from this movie?
Ice Han: Zu Online is an elaborate and well-designed 3D MMORPG that#DY#s been through 3 years of diligent development. Its most outstanding feature is putting emphasis on traditional Chinese martial arts. In the game, players are able to fly, create epic items, create guilds, raise pets, and much, much more. After training to a certain extent, players will encounter a calamity every 60 levels. If the player defeats the calamity, he will gain an immortal title. As in real life, the design of the calamity is interesting, elaborate and challenging. It#DY#s designed as a sort of test to see whether a warrior has the fortitude to continue their training.
Zu Online developers drew inspiration from the movie "The Legend of Zu". It was directed by Tsui Hark in Hong Kong and was finished in 2001. However, it was not published in North America until 2004. In overview, Zu Mountain represents the mountain ranges of Sichuan Province, in southwestern China. Rumor says there are many talented spiritual warriors residing there. Thus, cultivation of a warrior#DY#s inner spirit is a basic element of Zu Online. In the Zu Online world, we offer players rich gameplay, including various quests, the commercial travel system, question and answer contests, monster slaying contests, the unique pet breeding system, pet contests, maze contests, creation contests, and much more.