Leading online game operator Tencent Holdings Ltd. has abruptly pulled a popular Japanese-developed title from its platform just days after its release, as the industry struggles under a almost half-year freeze on approval of all new games.
Tencent added that players who have already bought the game can get a full refund in five business days if they apply for it by August 20.
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World has been taken off of Tencent's WeGame platform. Beyond that, they aren't sure how long the game will be available.
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Shares in Tencent, which is set to report half-year earnings on Wednesday, slid more than 3 percent in morning trade, against a 0.9 percent fall in the benchmark Hang Seng share price index .HSI .
Developed by Japan's Capcom Co Ltd, Monster Hunter: World has sold over eight million copies worldwide by April of this year and Tencent had licensed the game to sell to personal computer users in China. "The recent fumbling of core gaming operations is a worrying trend, and investors can reasonably begin to ask if constant investment and competition with Alibaba are causing Tencent to lose focus".
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Playing the game since it launched a few days ago, I have experienced the problem first hand and it's quite annoying whenever I encounter the connection error, especially if I am trying to team up with friends. With the new title, Capcom redesigned many elements specifically tailored for Western audiences, such as including more online play and letting players move freely through the game. Chinese regulators declared the game to gory for Chinese users and while some modifications have bene made to the game, it remains unavailable for the country's gamers.