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EA announces Dungeon Keeper MMO

EA announces Dungeon Keeper MMO

Dungeon Keeper Online has been announced by Electronic Arts - but only for eastern territories.

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be creating a new Dungeon Keeper game called Dungeon Keeper Online. The game will apparently be a departure for the established PC series and will be an online-only MMO game.

Dungeon Keeper Online is apparently the result of a partnership between Electronic Arts and Chinese MMO developer NetDragon Websoft, who have gained access to all previous intellectual content of the Dungeon Keeper series as part of the deal.

Unfortunately though, there is some bad news. Electronic Arts has only announced Dungeon Keeper Online for eastern territories - namely China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Currently it doesn't look like it will be getting a western release at all.

"We are delighted to enter into an agreement with EA in the development of our first 3D MMORPG. Our partnership with this internationally renowned game developer is proof of our capabilities in game operations and development as well as a reflection of our market reputation," said Mr. Liu Dejian, Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon in a press release.

"The partnership marks a significant milestone for EA as it will enhance our intellectual property and extend our product reach throughout the Greater China region," continued an EA spokesperson.

Needless to say, with the most of the old Dungeon Keeper crew working for the Microsoft-owned Lionhead Studios, including Peter Molyneux, it doesn't seem likely that any of the original talent will be lending a hand to ensure that the classic Dungeon Keeper humour is carried over into the remake.

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Mister_X 1st December 2008, 15:04 Quote
Ahhh Dungeon Keeper, Classic...

I'm sure it will make it over to western shores, can't see them ignoring a whole market, I hear them there game publishers like money...
Skiddywinks 1st December 2008, 15:07 Quote
I can't see it being anything worthy of the originals, but it would still be nice to at least have it released here :(
bowman 1st December 2008, 15:11 Quote
Lol, milking the old name with some monthly subscriptions. Yerrr.

Still waiting for that 'classic' from Starbreeze to be announced - I hope it is Syndicate, and that it's decent rather than a defamation of the name.
teamtd11 1st December 2008, 15:24 Quote
boooooooooo, They should make a dungeon Keeper 3 instead of this crap!!! :(
itazura 1st December 2008, 15:38 Quote
i got really excited... until i read the full title :/
naokaji 1st December 2008, 16:07 Quote
EA and a MMO? Ea the company who believes in releasing unfinished games and the slacking off instead of releasing patches?

sorry, I would not touch a ea mmo, ever.
Sathy 1st December 2008, 16:35 Quote
"Our partnership with this internationally renowned game developer is proof of our capabilities in game operations and development as well as a reflection of our market reputation..." - Mr. Liu Dejian

Dear Mr. L.Dejian, you're full of ¤&%!. The only proof to be drawn from that is that EA considers you worthy of being the tool for spreading their message. Certainly they wouldn't allow you to do so if there wasn't merit to what you have done or could possibly do, given the chance to milk a ready made franchise. The actual proof of your "capabilities" and yadda-yadda is if you actually make it through the developement process, get the game out and remain a part of EA after that.

On a side note, nothing to be excited about yet, but best of luck for that project.
Bauul 1st December 2008, 17:51 Quote
Way to send my mood up and down in 2 seconds, nice one!

This will be a pile of crap. A poorly implemented, obscure referenced mismatch of a developer who has no idea what DK was all about and the pressure of a big company who cares only about the bottom line.

Give DK back to Molyneux or STFU if you ask me.
Yemerich 1st December 2008, 19:59 Quote
I really don't care as long as they develop a DK3 for all the world. And preferably no oriental touches like giant robots, giant swords, no one with white hair, no one with that "cool manga-like atitude" (wich gets on my nerves!!!) and such manga like stupid things.

And Bauul said it all!!!
Buzzons 1st December 2008, 20:36 Quote
DK3 needs to be made.. but on the same lines as DK -- DK2 was rubbish
steveo_mcg 1st December 2008, 20:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yemerich
I really don't care as long as they develop a DK3 for all the world. And preferably no oriental touches like giant robots, giant swords, no one with white hair, no one with that "cool manga-like atitude" (wich gets on my nerves!!!) and such manga like stupid things.

And Bauul said it all!!!

Oh, hang on. Giant swords.... There's nothing wrong with giant swords. The rest can hang but giant swords.
Denis_iii 1st December 2008, 23:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by teamtd11
boooooooooo, They should make a dungeon Keeper 3 instead of this crap!!! :(

Agreed, due to anger induced lack of words....**** EA!!! Go on Bubba, **** EM HARD!!!
PQuiff 2nd December 2008, 10:26 Quote
And yet another great game license gets raped to death. Thats a but unkind, it might be good(OH WAIT EA..lol)

I bet peter molenux is crying into his cereal(even if its in a gold bowl). All the great bullfrog games getting whored out to try regain there once greatness. If you cut out the great British humour the games nothing.

Now if we could just have a decent syndicate game. Id be happy
Marc5002 2nd December 2008, 10:52 Quote
WHY wont' they make dungeon keeper 3 ? it being 6 Year I wait that But I know the company bullfrog Died 6 Year ago So it Really LAME I would want a Thrid Dungeon keeper a GAME THAT IS LIKE IT BUT no none EVER DID A copycat of Dungeon keeper not anything similiary WHAT WITH people
Greenie 2nd December 2008, 14:16 Quote
DK wins, hopefully someone will see that and eventually give us what we want, Not more MMO level grind rubbish.
TreeDude 2nd December 2008, 17:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yemerich
I really don't care as long as they develop a DK3 for all the world. And preferably no oriental touches like giant robots, giant swords, no one with white hair, no one with that "cool manga-like atitude" (wich gets on my nerves!!!) and such manga like stupid things.

And Bauul said it all!!!

The "manga" style is specifically Japanese. It is a Chinese dev creating the MMO, so you won't see any of that in there. I doubt it will be any good though. It seems Chinese and Korean MMO devs usually just recycle the same old MMO formula (usually borrowing heavily from L2) with a new skin.
Skill3d 2nd December 2008, 21:31 Quote
I loved dungeon keeper =) they should make DK3.... on the other hand it's EA so they'll screw it up anyway...
Lazarus Dark 3rd December 2008, 03:43 Quote
I'd buy a DK3 in a heartbeat, but I don't care much for MMO's (guess I'm too antisocial even for WoW, hehe)
I still break out DK once a year. And Populous: The Beginning. Actually, P:TB was my first online game experience, and nearly my only. Just proves gameplay is way more important than graphics.
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