According to Yahoo Biz, for the first time ever (I'll have to check on that one) a major U.S. entertainment company and a top Korean MMOG developer are working together on a new MMORPG. Cartoon Network New Media a current leader in online gaming and entertainment and Grigon Entertainment a top Korean MMOG developer are working on a new MMORPG to be released in 2008.
"Cartoon Network MMOG" will launch globally sometime during Spring 2008, and target Cartoon Network's big demographic: kids. Kids won't be the only target though of course, casual MMOG fans will also be something they will want to have play the game. As of now, according to the press release, the game will be freely available to download and support a subscription service and a micro-transaction service. Over the course of several years, new areas will be made available to players for exploration.
Cartoon Networks mainstay characters such as Mac and Bloo, Ben 10 and the Kids Next Door will all be playable and of course players will be able to make their own custom made character in the game. Grigon Entertainment will use an "East meets West" approach for the game, so it will be interesting to see exactly how they interpret the Cartoon Network characters and translate them for a global audience.
Link: Cartoon Network Homepage