KongZhong Corporation announced today that fantasy MMO Guild Wars 2 will be seeing a release in China next month, starting with a closed beta.
The closed beta is due to begin on the 11th of March, and KongZhang has confirmed that the subscriptionless payment model will carry over from the West. Players need to purchased the game itself, but no other charges will exist beyond that.
“Given the game’s high quality and beautiful design, compared with free-to-play and time-based pay-to-play games, this business model, where players purchase the game once and then play it for as long as they wish with no subscription fee, has the highest chance to appeal to the broadest base of players in China,” says Guild Wars 2 China’s operation general manager Atlantis Lai. “As the most important and famous product in the 2014 China PC market, we believe Chinese players will also recognize Guild Wars 2 globally renowned quality.”
Guild Wars 2 will be one of only a few Western MMOs to be released in China. World of Warcraft is one of these, released back in 2005, although the government heavily censored the game. There’s no word yet on whether Guild Wars 2 will undergo the same treatment.
If you’re in China and want access to the beta, you can sign up here.