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You wait for ages, and then two Chinese RPGs come along at once!

Actually that’s not true: one of the games I’m talking about, Xuan Yuan Jian Wai Zhuan: Qiong zhi Fei, came out a few months ago (March 26th, to be exact) but I’ve been so inattentive I completely missed it! The other game I’m getting in a flap over, Xian Jian Qi Xia Zhuan 6, is due out early July so I will get the chance to properly hype myself silly over that one in the traditional scour the internet for every last drop of information manner.

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If you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, these two RPGs are both the latest releases in similar-but-different multi-million selling series that have been going so long the first entries came on floppy discs, and to not put too fine a point on it are the sort of game that drove me to inflict a blog on everyone in the first place.

As far as sharing some genuinely useful information goes… there’s really not an awful lot I can say until my hastily-ordered copy of Qiong zhi Fei arrives. Both games appear to have switched from turn based battles to something more akin to Gu Jian Qi Tan 2's action RPG/MMO-ish cooldown/hotbar system, which admittedly sounds like an utter abomination on paper but in practise turned out to be a lot of fun.

Oh! Enemies are shown on the map was you wander around and you run into them to engage them, but characters possess various skills that can start the battle with a player advantage or allow you to sneak past them entirely – think something along the lines of later Kiseki games, where Lloyd could give enemies a bit of a clobber in the field before starting the battle proper.

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The other good news is that Qiong zhi Fei both sold and reviewed well, with sales reportedly reaching 300,000 units after the first two weeks of release. To grope around for some vague comparison with “normal” charts and to try and emphasise what a big deal these games are, The Witcher 3 hit the Japanese gaming charts top spot after selling just 67,000 copies. So it looks like the Chinese offline RPGs that are still being made are generally doing well, even if the likes of Fantasia Sango and Wind Fantasy are left to languish as browser-based F2P husks of their former selves. Here’s to a summer of epic gaming*!

If you’d like to have a poke around the official websites you’ll probably find these links handy:

Xuan Yuan Jian Wai Zhuan: Qiong zhi Fei (Taiwan)
Xuan Yuan Jian Wai Zhuan: Qiong zhi Fei (Mainland)
Xian Jian Qi Xia Zhuan 6 (Taiwan)
Xian Jian Qi Xia Zhuan 6 (Mainland)

*And inevitably lots of Twitter screenshot spam – consider this your first warning!

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