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PS3 games MIA.



Two years ago at Sony’s E3 conference, it was announced that Sony had secured an exclusive deal with the Korean MMO developer NCSoft to create games for the PS3. NCSoft is known for games such as Lineage and the soon to be released Aion.

While Aion was never confirmed as one of the games being developed for the PS3, I wish it was. The game looks gorgeous and instead of investing money into upgrading my PC to play it I’d rather play it on my PS3.

The other game mia is Wardevil from Digi-Guys.

This game was announced waaay back at the TGS ‘05 with a tech demo shown at E3 ‘06. It was originally announced for both the PS3 and 360 but the 360 version was canceled.  Since then there has been little to no news, footage, or even a hint at this game releasing anytime this century . In  December ‘08 it was revealed that WarDevil: Chronicles ( a 2D animation film? ) will be a companion piece to the WarDevil game project.

As an on-and-off Lineage 2 player, I would love to see something like Aion available for the PS3.I hope we’ll hear something soon from NCSoft.  As for Wardevil, maybe Digi-Guys is  pushing for a PS4 release.

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Published on July 21st, 2009 under , , , , ,

NCsoft re-focuses on western MMO’s with new unified NC West


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NCsoft — of Guild Wars, Tabula Rasa and Aion fame — is set to re-focus it’s entire American and European into one label called NC West. This new branch will be headquartered in Seattle, Washington USA where the company will now completely focus that branch into creating MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) for the Western market, meaning both Europe and America.

The subsidiaries that are all being sucked into one NC West label include: NC Interactive, NC Europe, NC Austin, and ArenaNet with top brass from the companies heading up various parts of NC West, which is still a tentative title.

Former ArenaNet studio manager Chris Chung, who oversaw the development of the developer’s Guild Wars franchise and went on to manage global publishing at NCsoft’s Seoul headquarters, has been named CEO of NC West. ArenaNet cofounders Jeff Strain and Patrick Wyatt will reprise their roles at the newly labeled subsidiary as president of product development and chief technical officer, respectively. David Reid, who joined NCsoft in March, will assume the role of president of publishing at NC West.

In a Kotaku interview, Reid talked of the rationale behind restructuring of the companies Western operations. He said that the restructuring was geared toward refocusing the company on big-budget MMOGs targeted at Western audiences: “This transition is really about ratifying a completely dedicated business to the triple-A titles. We would consider ourselves in the class of five-ish companies in the world that can be successful in this market. We are a leader here and we are doubling down in those efforts.”

Part of those efforts relate to NCsoft moving away from casual MMOG development.
In August, the publisher said that the 21 positions eliminated at its Austin studio related to the free-to-play, ad-supported Dungeon Runners, as well as products that “we have not previously announced and were in prototype phases.” Another factor for its consolidation is the publisher’s focus on the console space. Last year, the publisher announced that it had entered into a partnership with Sony to develop online games for the PlayStation 3.

Reid said that an additional 12 positions have been eliminated at the publisher’s Austin studio as a result of the consolidation, and an NCsoft representative confirmed that 58 positions “have been identified as potentially redundant” at the publisher’s UK office. “Most of those positions are from the product-development organization there,” the NCsoft rep commented.

Via GameSpot

Published on September 11th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

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