A week-long showcase of PC games created by Chinese developers will launch on Steam later this month. Called Enter the Dragonthe online event will feature more than 90 games from studios in China and Taiwan, including independent releases and “the latest blockbusters”.
Enter the Dragon was primarily created as a response to international travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which made it more difficult for Chinese developers to present their games to a global audience.
“Many studios in mainland China and Taiwan rely on putting their games in front of the global gaming community at events to build their fan base, gain exposure and gather feedback early on,” said Jeff Huang, Head of Publishing at Enter the Dragon organizer. Pixmain. “Even after two years, there are still travel restrictions and very few event opportunities. We hope Enter the Dragon fills a need, offering developers and publishers the chance to bring their products to the virtual stage and gain visibility globally.”
Some of the games that will appear in Enter the Dragon, such as 2019’s languid sandbox simulator My time in Portiahave been around for some time, while other projects are on the way – for example, the sequel to that game, My time in Sandrock. Other games that appeared at the event that caught my eye include the exuberant city builder hongye balladsthe physics based tactics game Extremely realistic siege warfare simulatorthe “musician simulation” white concertand Detainee: Too good for schoola game about “a schoolgirl who doesn’t play by the rules” that I think deserves attention based on this snippet of the description alone:
Explore the open world, fight the street mafia, work part time in a club and spend all your money in an instant and enjoy a hot date. Your choices will ultimately shape the city’s future.
It’s the last part that really sells to me – what the hell city is this?
Enter the Dragon will include an opening night show, publisher highlights with “virtual seats on stage” and appearances from Twitch streamers from around the world. Developers and publishers such as bilibili, Lightning Games, Yooreka Studio, Thermite Games, indienova and “many more indie newcomers” will participate and naturally there will be sales and bundles on all games featured at the event that have already been released. It’s scheduled to start at 10am Pacific on April 22 and run through April 29, and will be streamed live on Twitch and a dedicated Steam event page.