I recently received an announcement, that Jet Li signed a contract to be the face of the free to play martial arts MMO, called Age of Wushu, produced by Snail Games.

   As you may guess I instantly looked after the game, as I wanted to know if it’s anything interesting, or just another of the hundreds of mediocre MMO games running around. For the first look it’s seems promising, but of course without actually playing the game I cannot be sure, so we will see.

   Thankfully we already know a lots of things about the game, as Snail Games provided a preview on the Age of Wushu website. The game will be based on classical martial art novels and middle age China (so no fantasy elements included), and will feature 8 distinct schools for the player characters.

   Apart from fighting the characters are able to preform acrobatic feats (running up on walls etc.) and learn a great number  of skills from the “classic” Blacksmith and Fisherman to the less common Chess Player and Fortune Teller. All of the professions provide an income and some form of unique reward to the player.

An early build of the English version of the game will be presented on the E3, and if you are interested you may take a look at the official website too.

If you would like to see the official announcement, please check below the  image.

Zoltán “Cain” Mészáros

Li Will Endorse, Be Spokesperson, Make Appearances for Snail Games’ MMO, Worldwide

LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — International action film star Jet Li has signed a two year contract to promote Age of Wushu, already a popular MMORPG with more than 20 million users in China alone. Snail Games is debuting an early build of its North American version this week at E3.

As the new face of the martial arts MMO, Li will make appearances, be featured in a TV commercial and endorse the game, which features the martial arts style for which he first became famous.

Li began his training in Wushu at the age of eight. Multiple times a national champion in China, he often competed against adults twice or three times his age.  After retiring from competition in martial arts at age 19, Li won great acclaim as an actor. He starred in many critically acclaimed Chinese martial arts epic films.

Li’s first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) with Danny Glover and Mel Gibson.  He soon advanced from martial arts film star to Hollywood action films.  Li stared in Unleashed (2005) with Morgan Freeman, The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) with Jackie Chan, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) with Brendan Fraser.

In 2010, Li starred in The Expendables (2010) with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis.  Lionsgate recently brought the same team together to do Expendables II, adding actors Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme and Liam Hemsworth.  That film, now in post production, is due in theatres this August.

When playing Age of Wushu, MMO gamers will be able to guide their characters in the martial arts style of Wuxia fiction, not only delivering kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps and throws but also move around the world with superhuman speed and perform gravity-defying moves including water-gliding, running vertically along walls and flying across rooftops. 

About Snail Games USA. Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Snail Games USA is the North American division of Snail Games (Suzhou Snail Electronic Co., Ltd.), a leading developer of MMOs and virtual world experiences in China. Snail Games USA is committed to delivering the highest-quality interactive experiences to gamers.
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About Suzhou Snail Digital Technology Co., Ltd. Named one of the “Top 10 Chinese game developers,” Snail Games is a leading developer of MMO and interactive online games in China. Founded in October 2000, Snail Games’ growing library of titles includes 5 Street, Age of Armor, Voyage Century and Heroes of Gaia. Snail Game’s wildly popular titles are currently sold and distributed worldwide.
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