Changyou.com to Launch "Da Hua Shui Hu" on March 18, 2010
Beijing, China, March 1, 2010 – Changyou.com Limited ("Changyou" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CYOU), a leading online game developer and operator in China, today announced that it will begin open-beta testing of Da Hua Shui Hu, the Company's 2D turn-based cartoon-style massively multi-player online role-playing game ("MMORPG"), on March 18, 2010.
Da Hua Shui Hu, a game developed by a Guangzhou-based game development studio, is based on one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, Outlaws of the Marsh. Through its cartoon graphics and humorous twists on characters and plots, Da Hua Shui Hu provides an amusing and entertaining take on the heroic tales from the classic Chinese novel.
Mr. Dewen Chen, Changyou's president and chief operating officer, commented, "As Changyou's first cartoon-style turn-based game, Da Hua Shui Hu complements our existing game offerings and further enriches Changyou's game portfolio. It marks another step forward in our strategy of focusing on both in-house developed and licensed games. We expect the game to help expand our user base with its easy-to-learn community-based game play, popular storyline and unique features, which innovatively incorporate a number of today's most popular gaming elements."
Da Hua Shui Hu was successfully licensed in 2009 through Changyou's "Qi Bao" strategic licensing plan, which aims to discover high-quality online games.
Changyou.com Limited's massively multi-player online role-playing games ("MMORPG") business began operations as a business unit within Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) in 2003. Changyou was carved out as a separate, stand-alone company in December 2007, completed an initial public offering on April 7, 2009 and is now a leading developer and operator of online games in China. Changyou currently operates three online games, including the in-house developed Tian Long Ba Bu, one of the most popular online games in China, and the licensed Blade Online and Blade Hero 2. Changyou has a diversified pipeline of games with various graphic styles and themes, including the licensed Da Hua Shui Hu, Zhong Hua Ying Xiong, Immortal Faith, Legend of the Ancient World, and the in-house developed Duke of Mount Deer, which received an award as one of China's most anticipated online games. Changyou's leading technology platform includes advanced 2.5D and 3D graphics engines, a uniform game development platform, effective anti-cheating and anti-hacking technologies, proprietary cross-networking technology and advanced data protection technology. For more information about Changyou, please visit http://www.changyou.com/en/.
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