Dungeon Keeper Revived in MMO Form

Bullfrog's classic and sadistic PC strategy series Dungeon Keeper is being resurrected in the form of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game titled Dungeon Keeper Online, publisher EA and Chinese developer NetDragon Websoft announced today.

Though the developer specified its hopes for "remarkable results" internationally, the announcement only confirmed a release for the "Greater China region." It will be Netdragon's first 3D MMO, and the company will handle operation and distribution within the aforementioned "Greater China region." No release date was given.

"Capitalizing our strength to create a strong gaming experience, powerful operating platform and unmatched expertise within China's online game market, we are confident that Dungeon Keeper Online will not only become successful in the Greater China region but also achieve remarkable results overseas," said Netdragon executive director and chairman Liu Dejian.

Dungeon Keeper debuted on PC in 1997. Developed by Bullfrog, designed by Peter Molyneux and owned by EA, the series saw players take control of a dungeon, setting traps and gathering monstrous forces to defeat a variety of computer-controlled heroes.

The licensing agreement for Dungeon Keeper Online gives Netdragon access to "themes, characters and other game content" from the Dungeon Keeper series.

"The partnership marks a significant milestone for EA as it will enhance our intellectual property and extend our product reach throughout the Greater China region," said EA Asia Pacific president Jon Niermann. "It will also further enhance our intellectual property with differentiated, high-quality games, particularly in the field of MMORPGs."