By Jim Rossignol on April 1st, 2009 at 3:57 pm.
I’ve been meaning to post this since we went back to play Planetside earlier in the year. Welkin4591 is a Chinese MMOFPS that is currently, apparently, in free open beta at the moment. Planetside players who have found their way into the Chinese-language game have set up a fansite here. The site features a bunch of impressions by the Western players getting onto the beta, and also features a bunch of instructions about how to get involved yourself, including beta download instructions. I believe it’s some kind of failed attempt to secure a Planetside 2 licence that has continued development within China, and it looks very similar indeed to the SOE game. You can’t expect a great experience from the far away servers, but it might be worth an afternoon of exploration for ardent MMOFPSers. A fan-made trailer exploring the many Planetside-like elements of Welkin4591 sits beyond the jump.