"Experience the ancient Chinese Kungfu and magic, enjoy the endless beautiful scenery and mythical environment in which you can develop your own character and interact with other real-life and imaginary beings. This marvelous MMORPG conquers the hearts of millions of players." * Gameogre: Conquer Online is a free to play MMORPG that has been going strong for a long time. Can you tell us a little bit about the storyline and the overview of the game? What do you think has led to the continued success of Conquer Online? * CO: Conquer Online is a free-to-play 2.5D MMORPG set in the mythological world of ancient China when people exhaust themselves in endless battles with one and other and civilians are threatened by vicious demon. The game didnâ€™t actually have an in-depth back-story, not until the latest expansion, Legends Return, which is released in 3 serial episodes in 2010. The new expansion revealed a dark secret, as demon hordes ravage across the lands, and cities fall to their evil power. Now, however, the darkness has finally reached the secluded home of the Monks, and these mystic warriors are ready to rejoin the world and fight against the darkness: The Returning Light! Since its release in 2003, Conquer Online has achieved great success both in the domestic and international markets. The company always stays connected with the players, listening carefully to their thoughts. We have a very active and engaged community playing this game right now. They came up lots of good ideas which later turn into reality in game. Currently there are 7 different languages versions (simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Arabic) with millions players immersed in its world. * * Gameogre: Conquer Online has many great features including their housing. Can you tell us about some of the main features and what helps to set Conquer Online apart from other games in this genre? * CO: The housing system is one of Conquerâ€™s interactive features. Players get to build their own Chinese style villa and invite friends to come over to spend some wonderful time together in game. They could even upgrade their house when they collect enough materials. The courtyard and furniture are of vivid Chinese flavor. There are many reasons that set Conquer apart from other MMOs. Firstly, Conquer is a simply point and click MMO, easy to operate and with unfolding layers of complexity as one gets more powerful. Second, Conquer offers a string of special events, all in the theme of Chinese traditional festivals, adding extra cultural depth to non-Chinese players with the education of Chinese culture and traditions. Lastly, our players are not region-specificâ€”that is, anyone from anywhere in the world can connect to any server, unlike other large commercialized games which read and restrict IP addresses according to location. * Gameogre: Conquer Online will be getting a nice update on Dec 16 2010 which will include the new Monk Class. Before we go into the details of the Monk, can you give us a little information on the already existing classes? * CO: Apart from the new class, Monk, Conquer has 5 different classes: Ninja, Archer, Trojan, Warrior and Taoist. Among these 5 professions, Trojan and Warrior are focused on melee combat while Taoist is a spell caster. Archer can attack multiple enemies from a distance but are vulnerable in melee range. Ninjas are the fastest and hardest hitting class in Conquer Online. They can deal massive amounts of damage in a short amount of time. Generally speaking, every class is unique and has their own special powers. * Gameogre: Now about that Monk. Could you give us a brief description of this class type and what special abilities it has? How does the Monk fit in with the other classes and with the backstory of the game? * CO: Conquer Online is inspired by the world of Ancient China and Chinese beliefs. As such the Monk, a master of Chi and Holy Power, is the perfect addition to the playable classes and the theme of the game. The class draws on Shaolin culture, and is the master of Kung-fu, and Wu Xing - the five elements; Water, Wood, Fire, Metal and Earth. Itâ€™s a holy warrior with strong spiritual powers (also known as Chi Kung) and fighting abilities. Itâ€™s a perfect combination of skilled hand-toâ€“hand combat and back-line support. The Auras can help keep your other fighters in the game, while still being able to take out a few of their own! And the ability to stop the fallen enemies from coming back quickly can turn the tide of the hardest battle. * Gameogre: Will players have to do anything special to get the Monk? * CO: Not at all. The new class is designed for all the players. Everyone is welcome to try it out. the newly added Kung-fu style Monk garments, weapons, and even the Monk's specially designed running & fighting motions and animation will change how you see things, and bring you an incredible, new gaming experience. Besides, weâ€™ve prepared a lot of events and rewards for the new players which will definitely of great help for the new players. * Gameogre: Aside from the new Monk class, what else is coming in the new update? Will there be new quests or areas? Any new bosses or items? How will it change the current housing system? * CO: Apart from the new Monk class, the sixth playable class in Conquer Online, the level cap has also been raised, new end-level equipment is introduced, there are new skills for players, an expanded housing system, new Dragon Souls, a completely new Elite World PK tournament, and much more. The housing system gets improved too. The house will be raised to level 4 with new look and some new items added to the system. * Gameogre: PvP plays an important role in most online games. Can you tell us about the pvp system in Conquer Online? What forms or types of PvP do you offer? Also how will the new update on Dec. 16 affect pvp? * CO: Conquer Online has an open PVP environment, meaning anyone can be killed at anytime by another player. Itâ€™s controversial but also itâ€™s the core feature of the game. The PK looks simple but actually it requires a skillful operation. The game offers players a broad range of interactive PVP/ PK platforms, including various solo, group, and even inter-server PK events like Guild War, class PK tournament, team PK tournament, clan warâ€¦and lot more. The Monk will surely change the dynamic of the game, bringing completely new tactics and strategy to both solo and group PvP. A good example would be one of the very powerful abilities of the Ninja class - Toxic Fog - that is very powerful in solo PvP. The Monk can and will have a big impact on how that specific ability is used! The Monk also provides players the abilities to make groups more powerful, by using various different Auras to enhance certain group abilities. We see the Monk as bringing even more balance to Conquer Online, while giving players loads of exciting new abilities and strategies to try out. * Gameogre: How well does the new Monk Class fit into the PvP aspect of the game? Is it a deadly Kung-Fu killer or more of a support class? * CO: I think it is more about the cooperative & strategic play. Itâ€™s for group benefits, rather than having a muscle-bound brawler solo class. What makes monk unique is its special role in a team when a bunch of players is engaged in large group PVP or PVE battles. A Monk will add different attributes to his teammates, in order to boost their Attack or Defense against giant monsters or strong opponents. * Gameogre: What is your personal favorite thing happening in the new update and why? Also what do you recommend your current players and new players try out in the new update? * CO: For me, the best thing is the new class Monk, of course. This is the second new class after Ninja. Itâ€™s arrival will bring new balance to the game. I just canâ€™t wait to see it coming. * Gameogre: Is there anything else you would like for our community to know about Conquer Online or about the new update coming Dec 16, 2010? * CO: The new class will be mind-blowing. You shouldnâ€™t miss it out! There will be a series of fantastic events, including some all-new PK tournaments! There are also amazing real-life prizes and rewards to be claimed. One of the most exciting prizes is: People who sign up for Conquer Online will have the chance to win absolutely free Kung-fu classes from the Chinese Shaolin Kung-fu Center in the United States! We will release more details about this very soon, so keep checking the Conquer Online website! You wonâ€™t be disappointed!