Perfect World Entertainment announces Swordsman

Maybe it's a fooler, like the title of the movie Sorceror, and it's really about a guy who fights with laundry baskets.  As in he gets into arguments with them.
Don't you love a clear, unambiguous title? Swordsman leaves no doubt as to what the game will involve. Put simply, there will be swords. There will be men. There will be men with swords, men who know how to use swords. There may even be men who know how to use swords fighting other men with swords. It's a title that promises to deliver a whole lot of swords and men with training in same, what else could you ask?

Yes, there's more information than that. Swordsman is based upon popular wuxia novels by Louis Cha, set during the Ming dynasty and featuring ten diverse fighting styles. It sounds like a familiar premise, but it certainly beats another outing in which you're a pseudo-European knight with gleaming plate armor, yes? Check out the full press release for the game just past the break, and sign up for beta on the official site if that's your bag.

[Source: Perfect World Entertainment press release]


Perfect World Entertainment Inc. a leader and publisher of widely-acclaimed free-to-play MMORPGs, is pleased to announce Swordsman, a new free-to-play martial arts-inspired MMORPG based off the famed novels from Louis Cha. Players in Swordsman experience a compelling fantasy story and ten unique combat fighting styles, all wrapped in the visuals of the brand new Angelica III engine.

"We're constantly looking to add to our library of games," said Perfect World Entertainment's GM of Publishing, Andrew Brown. "Bringing Swordsman to a Western audience is something we've wanted to do all along. With its rich story and engaging gameplay, Swordsman is a cultivation of our previous and successful titles we've brought over from our parent company Perfect World Inc. We're currently in an alpha testing phase and the game simply looks amazing. We look forward to bringing it in to closed beta to give players the chance to check it out for themselves, so stay tuned!"

Swordsman is a free-to-play martial arts-inspired MMORPG, set in the rich universe created from the immensely popular wuxia novels of Louis Cha. Players will explore the grand martial arts world during an intense era of the Ming Dynasty. Swordsman is a world brought to life with Perfect World's latest gaming engine, Angelica III, capable of highly detailed character models, smooth animations, and realistic environmental changes. As a member of one of the ten class-defining martial art schools, players journey to master legendary fighting skills to engage in fierce real-time combat with members of rival schools and the Ming government. Swordsman welcomes both players who enjoy following the path through the power of its story and those warriors who rather blaze a trail of their own adventures.
This article was originally published on Massively.