Fantasy Westward Journey

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Fantasy Westward Journey (simplified Chinese: 梦幻西游; traditional Chinese: 夢幻西遊; pinyin: Mèng Huàn Xī Yóu) is a MMORPG developed and run by NetEase. It was released for the Microsoft Windows platform in December 2001.[1] The game is the most popular online game in China as of May 2007 by peak concurrent users (PCU), with a peak count of 1.5 million.[2] Registered users reached 25 million by April 2005,[3] with 576,000 peak concurrent players on 198 game servers, considered the fastest growing online game in China at the time.[3] Average concurrent users was reported in August 2006 to be around 400,000.[4] The game uses the same engine as Westward Journey II with a distinctively different graphical style. Both games are inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West.


In 2006 July, the administrators dissolved a 700-member anti-Japanese guild, and locked the account of its founder for having an anti-Japanese user name. A mass protest took place in the game days later on July 7, the anniversary of the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War, with up to 80,000 users joining the online protest on one of the servers.[5]

Total registered users of Fantasy Westward Journey reached 310 million as of 2015.[6]

Mobile version[edit]

A mobile version was released for the Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems in 2015. It grossed over $800 million in China alone by 2016.[7] In 2017, it grossed $1.5 billion worldwide,[8] bringing the mobile version's total revenue to approximately $2.3 billion by 2017.


Fantasy Westward Journey launched its first 3D animation in 2015. After release on the Chinese mainstream online video platform, it successively launched on several Chinese TV stations.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About NetEase Games".
  2. ^ China Analyst - News and Insights on U.S.-Listed Chinese Stocks: Ranking of Top 10 Online Games in China and Its Implications
  3. ^ a b Xinhua. "夢幻西遊"搭車"動感地帶" 網遊結盟中移動. Apr 6, 2005. (in Chinese)
  4. ^ if:book: controversy in a MMORPG
  5. ^ WORLDBEAT - Chinese take anti-Japan protest online - Network World
  6. ^ "Press Release - April 21, 2015".
  7. ^ "App Annie 2016 Retrospective" (PDF). App Annie. 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  8. ^ "2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: DIGITAL GAMES AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA" (PDF). SuperData Research. January 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "情怀之作 梦幻西游2动画片感动继续_网络游戏梦幻西游2_官方网站合作专区_新浪游戏_新浪网". Retrieved 2015-11-08.

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