Lakoo Bringing Free-to-Play RPG Stateside in English-Language Release
HONG KONG - January 12, 2011
Lakoo, leading developer of iPhone, Android and other mobile games, today announced that Empire Online, Asia’s largest iPhone MMORPG, will be released in North America on January 15. U.S. players will join over 5 million current Empire Online users in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Australia, when the touch-screen RPG adventure hits the iPhone App Store later this week.
In Empire Online, players can join forces with other users to adventure, battle and build their own handheld kingdom - obtaining territories and developing conquered lands across numerous world maps along the way. Players can fight together in parties of up to five for turn-based combat, or face off one-on-one in PvP (player-versus-player) gameplay.
“The Lakoo team has been anxiously awaiting Empire Online’s expansion into the North American market,” said Kin Ko, CEO of Lakoo.“We can’t wait to give English-language players the keys to the kingdom. You won’t believe how many MMO elements we can fit on a smartphone.”
Empire Online features several chat options and vast possibilities for character development, all for players to easily access and play via iPhone or iPod Touch. To get started, you’ll create an avatar from one of five distinct classes - warriors, kung-fu fighters, wizards, hunters and shamans - within four legendary races - Eastland, Nordic, Atlantis and Maya. The game allows players to learn skills designed for other classes, as well as collect power-up gear to outfit your avatar and customize your play experience.
Founded in 1999, Lakoo is dedicated to developing iPhone and Android mobile games with a team of over 150 members in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and other cities of China. Lakoo’s flagship product, Empire Online, is one of the most popular mobile MMORPGs in the world with over 5 million registered users. Lakoo is funded by Sequoia Capital.
Erin Fan, TriplePoint for Lakoo