If you are experiencing any difficulties with the client’s auto updater, we have provided you with direct-download links on the official site. These files should fix the auto updater problems reported to us by some of our Closed Beta testers. Just follow this link to the official site’s download section.

Enjoy the game! :)

Dear Closed Beta Testers. Some testers have raised concerns regarding the type of Hello Kitty Online package they received. A small number of you have received special Closed Beta packages that looked different and contained more items than the standard package. We would like to clear up this issue and apologize for any misunderstanding.

Those who have received the special package are our first Closed Beta testers, who were selected before we launched the Dream Studio contest to participate in the Hello Kitty Online Closed Beta. It quickly became obvious that there was a lot of enthusiasm for HKO, and we decided to increase our quota of beta testers. That is why we held the Dream Studio video contest, to give more fans an option to participate.

Although we could have simply delivered HKO via download like other MMORPGs, we decided that we wanted you to own something special, and thus we created a package that includes a game case, game disk, user manual, and video tutorial. This standard package, which almost all testers received, may be viewed here. We feel that this is an attractive bundle for a game still in closed beta testing.

In addition to the standard package, 80 pre-selected testers were sent special collectible boxed versions of the game. These 80 testers are the original beta testers, selected ahead of time based on their relationships to Sanrio and other criteria.

Unfortunately we only had a limited quantity of HKO boxed editions, as they are quite costly and time consuming to assemble. If interest is sufficient, we will consider producing more boxed editions for those interested in purchasing them, and/or as competition prizes. Please let us know what you think!

Once again, we are very grateful to our beta testers and apologize for any misunderstanding.

GM Abby

Welcome to Sanrio Land! Finally, our closed beta testers can now start playing Hello Kitty Online! Only hours into the start of the closed beta, we have testers chatting, farming, playing minigames, doing quests and just enjoying the game. :)

Welcome to Hello Kitty Online!

To our beta testers, if you need any help during the game,  you can PM or approach any of your GMs wearing yellow uniforms for males, and teal/light blue uniforms for females.

For those who have not received the packages, please see the announcement in the previous post. Additionally, please note that we will he having scheduled server maintenance daily from 13:00 - 14:00 Hong Kong Time (GMT +8).

See you in the game! :)

Hi everyone! Thank you for the positive feedback regarding the packages, and we hope you appreciate them as our gifts to you. Although for those who have emailed and posted regarding their concerns, please know that your messages do not go unnoticed!

As there are some factors in shipping that are beyond our control, we hope you could all bear with these unforeseen circumstances. Rest assured that we want all our Closed Beta testers to experience the game and get the guides in our packages, so please give it until Thursday (24 April 2008). If you have not yet received the packages by then, we will give you instructions on how to get the game via FTP access.

For those who are having installation problems, just let us know and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Thanks for your understanding and patience. :)

Warm regards,
GM Abby
HKO Community Manager

Good news for all our Closed Beta testers! We know you’re all excited to receive your packages, and so we’re pleased to announce that your packages have been sent, and you should be receiving them very soon.

We hope you enjoy these special gifts that we’ve prepared for you, and we hope to see you all in the Hello Kitty Online Closed Beta!

Hello everyone! We know that you’re all excited to receive the Closed Beta package, and we realized just how much as we were going through the forums. But as we are still rounding up all the delivery addresses of our Closed Beta Testers, we have not sent out the HKO game packages yet.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to check their SanrioTown e-mails, to make sure that they do not miss out on this chance. The deadline for your replies is on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Here’s a preview of what you will be receiving:

HKO Package Demo

As a reminder to our general CB Testers, only emails from onlinegame{at}hellokitty.com are valid Hello Kitty Online messages, and you must not give out information if requested by any other sender claiming to be for HKO.

Finally, if you have not received a follow-up email, rest assured that we have received your reply.

We’ll keep you posted!

CM Abby

We’d like to make special mention of Joystiq’s sister site WoW Insider, for featuring Hello Kitty Online in their site for April Fools. They’ve converted it to Hello Kitty Insider for a day, and it came as a shock to many people, and that’s the stuff of great April Fools pranks!

Speaking of April Fools, hope you enjoyed our last post about the Island Adventure Expansion Pack. Just kidding people! ;)

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Hello Kitty Online (HKO), produced by Sanrio Digital, is an upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) based on the famous Sanrio characters. Hello Kitty Online will allow players to explore and adventure in Sanrio’s fantasy world, a magical land bursting with cuteness but also fraught with many dangers. Hello Kitty Online will launch in the second half of 2008.

Work is also ongoing on the game’s first expansion pack, to be titled “Island Adventure” and scheduled for release in 2009.

Island Adventure will be the first expansion pack in gaming history that will reduce rather than expand an existing game world. The premise is the crash-landing (without casualties) on a mysterious island in the South Pacific of Hello Kitty Air flight 337, which had been carrying Hello Kitty and friends to the 5th Cuteness World Symposium in Perth, Australia.

Our heroes – including Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Keroppi, Badtz-Maru and many others – find themselves marooned on the nameless island along with a couple hundred fellow passengers, whose roles will be filled by end-users. Soon the survivors discover that the island is inhabited by a community of squat, foul-mouthed, inferiorly-animated characters whose only intention is to send the newcomers packing by any means possible.

As tensions with the island’s original inhabitants rise to a boil, a crisis of leadership is brooding within the ranks of our cuddly friends. Will Hello Kitty manage to hold together the band of survivors using her trademark cuteness and amiability? Or will Badtz-Maru rise to power, arguing that survival on the island requires ruthlessly doing unto others before they do unto you? Who will you follow?

Players will embark on missions to explore the island, find out more about the natives, and gather resources necessary for the survival of the group. Can you save Hello Kitty and friends and help them get off the island and back to Sanrio Land?

Island Adventure will include many improvements, refinements, and additions to the basic game. Confirmed in the expansion are the following:

  • Increased level and skill cap

  • Raids

  • PvP

  • Hello Kitty and Badtz-Maru player sessions – take control of one of these powerful characters for up to one hour in times of crisis

  • New skills and abilities: dessert-making, dual-wield (lollipops, wands), summon Twin Stars, and many more

  • Cross-franchise mayhem

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