Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will launch this September 23rd in China, making it the first console officially approved for sale in the country. Other consoles have been available in China but these usually come through unofficial channels. Chinese entertainment company BesTV has teamed up with Microsoft to bring various applications that will stream movies, programming, and other items that will be exclusive to the market.
When the console launches in China consumers will get free Xbox Live Gold access until March 2015, Powerstar Golf and Neverwinter Online included, and two years warranty. This is the first confirmation that Neverwinter Online is coming to console, and though the Xbox One version is the only console version confirmed that may not be the case forever. Perfect World’s CEO Roberrt Xiao had the following to say.
“We have three studios working on Xbox games including Neverwinter Online, Celestial Sword andProject X and we can’t wait for Xbox fans in China to get their hands on them. For the six months following Xbox One’s launch, Neverwinter Online will be available only on Xbox One. Offering unlimited possibilities to developers, the launch of Xbox One in China will help take the game development industry to a whole new level.”
While this good news for gaming fans in China this could also be good in the long term for gamers in other regions, as development studios start building up in the country which will bring new perspectives and stories to games. It’d be nice to see games created in China, and what kind of genres will be dominant in that market.