The free-to-play makes ‘World of Tanks’, ” already well suited to the needs of the Chinese market,” KongZhong CEO Leilei Wang was quoted as saying in a press release. KongZhong, a long-time mobile value-added services provider, apparently got into the highly lucrative desktop gaming market this year with an acquisition of game developer Dacheng Networks. KongZhong will have exclusive rights to “publish and operate the game in Mainland China.”
Wargaming.net, which is incorporated in the UK but has 140 developers in Belarus, “has shipped 13 titles, including acclaimed Massive Assault series, Order of War RTS published by Square Enix, and three add-ons for Blitzkrieg II,” since 1998.
While the press release says that the release date “will be announced later”, the Chinese website seems to point to a 2011 release.