US: Digimon goes online

CDC Games to roll out MMORPGs based on Japanese brand in US and China.
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A pioneer of the 'free to play, pay for merchandise' model for online games in China, CDC Games will be rolling out massively multiplayer online role playing games based on the Digimon brand in the US and People's Republic of China.

Digimon RPG and Digimon RPG2 (working title) have been licensed from SK Telecom, a leading mobile telecoms operator in South Korea.

“We are very pleased to licence Digimon RPG and Digimon RPG2 to CDC Games,” said Yongbo Cho, online game business team leader, SK Telecom.

“Digimon RPG has been very well received in Korea, which is one of the world’s most competitive online games markets. With CDC Games’ impressive global infrastructure, deep expertise in the global gaming market and its successful track record in the world’s largest online games market, we believe Digimon RPG will be very successful in both the US and China.”

Jeffrey Longoria, president of CDC Games International, added: "This is the first massively multiplayer online game based on the Digimon world.

"With one of the most widely recognized names around the world, this family-friendly game is targeted at the millions of Digimon fans who have enjoyed the last ten years watching the worldwide syndicated cartoons, have played more than a dozen different Digimon console and handheld video game titles, and enjoyed the world-wide phenomenon of the popular collectible card game.

"Now for the first time, Digimon fans along with their favorite friends from all over North America, can interact with this amazing world and each other in a whole new exciting way."

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