Sanrio Digital, showing a dedication to content creation and fan service that other game companies could definitely learn from, has already started in with some exciting news for Hello Kitty fans everywhere. Despite not being out of Closed Beta yet, It's been confirmed that Hello Kitty Online will have an expansion in 2009: Hello Kitty Island Adventures!
The expansion will open with Hello Kitty and her friends (Including you, the player) crash landing on a desert island while on Hello Kitty Air flight 337 to the 5th World Cuteness Symposium in Perth, Australia. That's right, in a gutsy move that should rightly earn them the applause of MMO designers everywhere, Sanrio Digital is shaking things up and actually shrinking the game world to one desert island, giving Hello Kitty faithful a whole new area to explore and giving them a break from the humdrum environs of places like Mari Land and Nightengale Lane. Join us after the break for a rundown of some of the other features you can expect!
But perhaps the most intriguing feature to be announced is the ability for player characters to control NPCs such as Hello Kitty and Badtz-Maru for up to 1 hour in times of crisis. Other MMOs have long faced criticism for only letting a very small portion of their playerbase directly interact with major lore figures, so the fact that Sanrio is allowing people to be so intimate with the characters as to control them shows that there is finally a game company that listens. We're looking forward to seeing what scenarios will allow you to control such iconic characters, and what epic battles they might face!
Now that the announcement's been made, we're sure that the informational floodgates will be open. Stay tuned right here to HKO Insider, and we'll bring you all the latest news on the upcoming Hello Kitty Island Adventure Expansion!
Ed. Note: This appears to be a joke, posted by the official Sanrio blog. Which is a little silly, if you ask us -- what kind of professional blog would joke about combining World of Warcraft and Hello Kitty Online?