Originally posted on JRR Tolkien Examiner on 8/14/09.
CDC Games, which operates a number of Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs), including EVE Online, in the People’s Republic of China, has completed a successful closed beta test for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.
The firm expects to begin open beta testing in early September, with its commercial launch scheduled by the end of that month.
The closed beta test was focused on stress testing CDC Games’ infrastructure. CDC Games distributed 8,000 activation codes. and had a 96% activation rate.
The Chinese government requires foreign online computer games, such as EVE Onlne, World of Warcraft and LOTRO, to be developed and operated by Chinese firms that will enforce any rules and cencorship required by the government.
CDC Games is a developer of online games and MMORPGs, based in Shanghai. The company claims to have pioneered the microtransaction-based online games model in China. Currently, CDC Games offers six popular online games in China that include: Digimon RPG, Special Force, Yulgang, Shaiya, Mir III, and EVE Online.
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (commonly abbreviated as LOTRO) is an MMORPG for Microsoft Windows, based upon JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The game was developed by Turbine, is subscription-based, and requires Internet access. It launched in the United States in 2007. The first expansion pack, Mines of Moria, was released on in 2008.