Electronic Arts have revived the Dungeon Keeper IP, a classic from Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog Studios, and is partnered with NetDragon to develop it in the MMO space.
Tragically for avid fans of the franchise it's not a sequel title but dubbed 'Dungeon Keeper Online' and is being developed for audiences in the far east, not for western regions.
"We are delighted to enter into an agreement with EA in the development of our first 3D MMOG," said NetDragon's chairman Liu Dejian. "Our partnership with this internationally renowned game developer is proof of our capabilities in game operations and development as well as a reflection of our market reputation."
"Capitalising our strength to create a strong gaming experience, powerful operating platform and unmatched expertise within China's online game market, we are confident that Dungeon Keeper Online will not only become successful in the Greater China region but also achieve remarkable results overseas."
There is potential for the MMO game to reach other shores but this generally hasn't gone all that well for many other MMOs as they usually fizzle into the background.
"The partnership marks a significant milestone for EA as it will enhance our intellectual property and extend our product reach throughout the Greater China region," said EA Asia Pacific president Jon Niermann, speaking to .
"It will also further enhance our intellectual property with differentiated, high-quality games, particularly in the field of MMOGs."
Well that's super and all for the EA piggy bank Mr Niermann but what about us loyal Dungeon Keepers in Europe and North America? Looks like we've been shafted out of this one, but a good thing in this case?
A pox on thy share price EA!