Perfect World Entertainment have announced the closed beta of their latest anime-flavored MMORPG Ether Saga Online is just around the corner, and loaded for with bears.

Ether Saga Online is based on the Chinese literary classic, Journey to the West, which means absolutely nothing to a man not well-versed in Chinese literary classics. What does mean something to me, however, is giant anime bears, as seen in the launch trailer for Ether Saga. It may not be driving a car, but sometimes your dreams come true in tiny pieces.

Those of you interested in trying out Ether Saga Online are directed to head over to eso.perfectworld.com and sign up for a chance to snag a key for the closed beta, which kicks off February 10th. Not sure you want to hang out with giant anime bears? Check out the screenshots below and see if anything tickles your fancy.

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

Ether Saga Online Closed Beta Cutely Approaches

PERFECT WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CONFIRMS CLOSED BETA LAUNCH FOR FORTHCOMING MMORPG "ETHER SAGA ONLINE"

Gamers Invited to Register Online Today for Their Chance to Receive Beta Keys

January 22, 2009 – Redwood City, CA - Perfect World Entertainment Inc. ("PWE" or the "Company"), a wholly owned US subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd., today announced the Closed Beta program for its newest MMORPG, Ether Saga Online will begin on February 10, 2009.

Beginning today, gamers are invited to visit: eso.perfectworld.com, for a chance to receive beta keys that will provide early access to the Ether Saga Online game world prior to its official launch this spring.

Based on the Chinese literary classic, Journey to the West, Ether Saga Online combines lavish graphics with a youthful anime style and features a variety of unique features and systems for a truly one of a kind experience. Unlike other MMORPG games that charge subscription fees, Ether Saga Online will be free-to-play. Once inside the game world, players can earn and spend money to upgrade a large variety of items in real-time to enhance and personalize their game play experience.

"We are excited to provide gamers with early access to Ether Saga Online as we're confident they'll find its robust feature set, expansive game play world, and free-to-play model offers a greater level of player immersion and overall customization than traditional MMORPG games," said Dr. Alan Chen, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment Inc.

Gamers can visit the official Ether Saga Online website at: http://eso.perfectworld.com/ to view additional game play details, trailers, and screenshots.

Perfect World Entertainment

Perfect World Entertainment, a subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), publishes free-to-play, online games and provides online services in North America. The Company primarily publishes three-dimensional, or 3D, online games based on the Perfect World proprietary Angelica 3D game engine and game development platform. In September 2008, the Company released "Perfect World International," a free-to-play MMORPG which is currently played by more than 50 million people worldwide.