Thanks to Waterthread.org
for its messageboard thread pointing to major new Asian-specific features for UbiSoft's PC MMO title Shadowbane
, following Asian publisher En-Tranz's decision to create a separate version of the game
to better meet "the needs of the Asia-Pacific players."
This unique split, with 2 development teams working on different version of the same MMO, has led to Asian-specific changes such as "a 'WASD' control scheme (no more mouse clicking movement)"
, a new experience curve ("players can now reach level 20 much more easily but as players reach the higher levels, it gets much more difficult"
), and a general "newbie experience overhaul." Update: 03/01 19:07 GMT
: In related news, UbiSoft has just announced the purchase of Wolfpack Studios
, creators of ShadowBane.