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'Red' games hit the mark

By Eric Jou (China Daily)

08:31, December 31, 2011

The PLA training game The Glorious Mission is scheduled to be released by May 2012. (Zhu Xingxin / China Daily)

The Red Guard and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are on the march again, but this time in cyberspace with The Glorious Mission.

The Glorious Mission, a first-person shooter war simulation game made for and by the PLA, made headlines earlier in 2011 as the first video game training simulation for China's armed forces.

Its publicly released trailers and game play videos have got gamers on Sina Weibo and other social media sites drooling with anticipation for a public release.

At the Game Developers Conference in Shanghai (GDC Shanghai) in November, a marketing executive surnamed Zhang at Wuxi Giant Network Technology Inc, co-developer of The Glorious Mission along with Nanjing Military Command, said The Glorious Mission would be released by May 2012.

"We're waiting for approval before we formally release the game to the public," Zhang said. "Right now it's only open to the military.

"It'll probably take another six months, after some alterations, before it can be released."

While Chinese gamers await the release of The Glorious Mission, the PLA themed first-person shooter is by no means the only "red" game on the market. These go as far back as the beginning of video gaming in China, says Yu Yi, an analyst with Analysys International.

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