Heroes of Three Kingdoms
|Heroes of Three Kingdoms, Chibi, Red Cliff, Legend of 3 Kingdoms|
|Genre(s)||Fantasy Massively multiplayer online role-playing game|
Heroes of Three Kingdoms (simplified Chinese: 赤壁Online; traditional Chinese: 決戰！真三國) (also known as Chi Bi or Red Cliff in China, and Legend of 3 Kingdoms in Indonesia) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in ancient China during the fall of the Han Dynasty. The game, developed by Perfect World, offers free-to-play, no subscription-based game play, and officially entered Open Beta status on October 16, 2009. The North American version, entitled Heroes of Three Kingdoms, was announced on April 12, 2010 by Perfect World Entertainment, the US subsidiary of Perfect World Co. Heroes of Three Kingdoms entered Closed Beta on July 13, 2010. Open Beta for Heroes of Three Kingdoms began on July 27, 2010.
The closure of the North American version of the game was announced on September 29, 2011. The game closed on November 1, 2011, and the forums and website were removed at the same time, making that act the fastest response time for any service pwi performed on the game. Lack of customer support, as well as player abuse of glitches to cheat gameplay, remain the legacy of the game's downfall. Cubizone no longer includes Chi Bi in its game list.
The story of the game is based on the well-known time period of China, the Three Kingdoms. During this era, the country is in the midst of a civil war. Among the groups fighting, three leaders stand out: Cao Cao of Wei, Liu Bei of Shu, and Sun Quan of Wu. In this game, players can choose to join any of the three warring factions (Wei, Shu, or Wu).
Upon creating a character and entering the game, your character has no affiliations but eventually is given the choice to pick a side and choose one of the Three Kingdoms from ancient China to fight for: the historically-based Cao Wei, Shu Han or Eastern Wu Kingdoms. Players must choose a weapon when they create their character. Depending on the weapon chosen, this will determine their class and available skills.
Players can choose from the following weapons: Glaive, Spear, Halberd, Cleaver, Multiblade (originally called the Trident), Staff, Saber, Hatchets, Hammer, Hooksword, Mace, Talons, Gauntlets, Ring Blade, Scepter, Charmer, War Fan, and Bow. Weapons added later in later patches include the Stick, Shield, Whip, and Crossbow.
Aside from deciding on which kingdom to join, players are also required to pick a race for their character upon creation. The game features two races: the Yan and the Miao. Both races progress from their respective starting locations to Xiliang.
- "Chi Bi". Cubizone. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- "Legend of 3 Kingdoms". PT PRODIGY INFINITECH. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "Red Cliff (ChiBi)". FreeMMOGamer.com. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- "Red Cliff". MMOsite.com. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- "Heroes of Three Kingdoms". Perfect World. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- "Heroes of Three Kingdoms". Perfect World Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- "HOTK – Closed Beta Date Revealed". Perfect World. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
- "Heroes of Three Kingdoms". MMO Front. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- 3 Kingdoms Online (Indonesian)