Hmm, never heard of this one, but apparently it’s been around for a while…
-International action film star Jet Li has signed a two-year contract to promote Age of Wushu, already a popular MMORPG with more than 20 million users in China alone. Snail Games is debuting an early build of its North American version this week at E3.
As the new face of the martial arts MMO, Li will make appearances, be featured in a TV commercial and endorse the game, which features the martial arts style for which he first became famous.
Li began his training in Wushu at the age of eight. Multiple times a national champion in China, he often competed against adults twice or three times his age. After retiring from competition in martial arts at age 19, Li won great acclaim as an actor. He starred in many critically acclaimed Chinese martial arts epic films.
Li’s first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) with Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. He soon advanced from martial arts film star to Hollywood action films.
Li stared in Unleashed (2005) with Morgan Freeman, The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) with Jackie Chan, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) with Brendan Fraser.
In 2010, Li starred in The Expendables (2010) with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis. Lionsgate recently brought the same team together to do Expendables II, adding actors Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme and Liam Hemsworth. That film, now in post production, is due in theatres this August.
When playing Age of Wushu, MMO gamers will be able to guide their characters in the martial arts style of Wuxia fiction, not only delivering kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps and throws but also moving around the world with superhuman speed and performing gravity-defying moves including gliding across water, running vertically along walls and flying across rooftops.
About Snail Games USA. Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Snail Games USA is the North American division of Snail Games (Suzhou Snail Electronic Co., Ltd.), a leading developer of MMOs and virtual world experiences in China. Snail Games USA is committed to delivering the highest-quality interactive experiences to gamers.