NetEase Games Unveils Open World MMORPG Project Mugen

Written by Chad

August 29, 2023

NetEase Games unveiled Project Mugen (working title), the much-anticipated urban, open-world RPG set to dazzle players with its intricate cityscapes and deep lore. Developed by NetEase Games as a truly transnational project alongside Thunder Fire Studio’s new subsidiary studio, NAKED RAIN, Project Mugen incorporates team members from Hangzhou and Montreal and is a testament to the fusion of diverse cultures and gaming expertise. Coming to PC, mobile, and PlayStation 4/5, Project Mugen will launch as a full free-to-play title.

A new trailer showcasing the game’s vibrant world and action-packed sequences was released. Additionally, pre-registration is now available on the game’s website.

“Project Mugen is our love letter to urban fantasies. We wanted to create a world that players could relate to, yet find enough mysteries to keep them coming back. The city is alive, and every player will have their unique journey through it,” said Riten Huang, Senior Marketing Director at Thunder Fire Studio.

In a world reminiscent of Earth, where urban legends become reality and humans coexist with the supernatural, players step into the role of an Esper, known as the “Infinite Trigger.” This top investigator navigates through vibrant cities, confronting anomalies and supernatural occurrences that threaten the balance of this unique urban paradise. Along the journey, players will team up with various Espers, each with their own stories, to tackle the Chaos endangering humanity. Dive deep into the mysteries, explore the city life, and forge unforgettable memories with your companions. As players navigate through the game, they’ll embark on a quest to recover lost memories, confront challenges in various distinct cities, and work to unlock the key to saving the world.

“Today’s unveiling of ‘Project Mugen’ extends beyond this announcement; it represents NetEase Games’ spirit of global collaboration, creativity, and innovation to push the envelope in interactive storytelling. This project draws on development talent from Hangzhou to Montreal, reflecting our dedication to transcending boundaries and redefining gaming experiences,” said Ethan Wang, Senior Vice President, NetEase, Inc. “By merging a modern metropolis setting with elements of mysticism, we’re excited to create a world where every player can find a moment that resonates with them.”

Key Features:

  • Urban, Open-World Setting: Explore a vast map that delivers a rich city life experience. From neon-lit nightlife to serene parks, every corner of the city holds a story. Engage in open exploration, scaling skyscrapers, diving into subways, and interacting with a dynamic environment that reacts to your every move.
  • Unique Combat Experience: Engage in team-based combat with four characters, each having different attributes that synergize with each other. Utilize environmental objects in battle and make use of the urban terrain to deal with monsters in various ways.
  • Captivating Artistic Style: Project Mugen is more than a game; it’s a visual journey. The art direction, a blend of modern aesthetics with ethereal touches, promises to captivate players at every turn.
  • Fast Paced Traversal and Vehicles: Every character has a basic movement skill such as parkour, swinging, or wall-climbing. Some characters also have a unique travel ability based on their individual identity, like riding a special war hammer. Players can also intercept and ride vehicles like cars in the city.
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