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by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 31, 2012 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under News
In a blog post this morning, Andy Belford, the community manager at Paragon Studios announced that NCsoft was shutting down City of Heroes and closing the development studio, Paragon Studios.
Executive producer Jeremy Gaffney of NCsoft’s Carbine Studios has confirmed that the project they have been working on will be the subject of a world exclusive reveal at gamescom, and that they will bring the game to PAX Prime as well.
NCsoft would like to invite friends, family, dragons, heroes and villains alike to their calendar of in-game holiday events where they can also – visit friends, eat delicious food, open presents and battle the occasional Winter Horde.
As zombies, werewolves and other frightful creatures roam the land, NCsoft will feature frightening new in-game events, quests, costumes and contests across its portfolio of games, including Aion, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Lineage and Lineage II.
En Masse Entertainment, a new breed of game publisher specializing in bringing globally renowned online properties to Western audiences, today announced its company formation. En Masse is focused on selecting high quality online games and adapting, refining, and positioning them so they are perfectly suited for audiences in Western markets.
Undead Labs is committed to bringing to life an MMO loaded with action, humor and, of course, a whole lotta zombies, because the world doesn’t need more dragons.
Trion World Network, Inc. has added two top executives to its management team, as David Reid (former NCSoft West President) takes the reigns as senior vice president, publishing, and Scott Hartsman (former Sony Online exec) joins the company as chief creative officer and general manager, Redwood Shores Studio.
In honor of Halloween, NCsoft is providing its players with additional in-game events, quests, costumes and contests across NCsoft's portfolio of games, including Aion, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Lineage, Lineage II and Exteel. Players will find themselves face-to-face with zombies, werewolves, undead creatures and plenty of other foul dwellers along the way.
NCsoft reported earnings results for 2009 Q1, revealing sales came of $USD 107.7 million, with its net profit jumping 422% to $USD 27.0 million, mainly boosted by the solid maintenance of Lineage and Lineage II sales, in addition to Aion sales.
NCsoft has signed a digital distribution agreement with Valve to bring its catalog of MMO franchises to Steam, beginning today with the City of Heroes, Guild Wars, and Lineage franchises.
Realtime Worlds, Crackdown developers currently working on All Points Bulletin, announced that it has boosted its Operations Team in North America with the appointments of Will Leverett as Director of Customer Service, and of Patrick Bays as Manager of Game Operations.
General Patent Corporation announced that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against NCSoft in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division on behalf of its client, Worlds.com.
A heroic task awaits you. Just beyond your galaxy, an ancient malevolence has embarked upon a covetous rampage. This demonic juggernaut seeks nothing less than the total enslavement of every world it encounters. Richard Garriott, son of a former astronaut, announced his recent space trip "sparked some new interests that I would like to devote my time and resources to" and is therefore leaving NCSoft.
NCsoft announced the formation of NC West, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NCsoft with operating responsibility for western regions including the US and Europe.
NCsoft issued its Q2 2008 financial results revealing that while sales were up 7%, operating profit, pre-tax profit, and net income dropped 25%, 31%, 42%, respectively. As a result NCSoft issued a statement that it has laid off 21 positions at its Austin studios after certain not yet announced projects were halted, while also scaling back the Dungeon Runners team as it decided not to port the client to other platforms.
NCsoft is teaming up with stored-value gift and prepaid products distributor InComm to bring many of it's games to consumers on prepaid Game Cards. Target, Best Buy and Rite Aid will be the first stores to offer titles such as City of Heroes, Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa and Exteel on Game Cards.
Yesterday it came to light that Activision Blizzard would not be attending the E3 Media & Business Summit 2008 (as well as not renewing its ESA membership altogether) and while the exhibitors list seemed to be incomplete, NCSoft and Foundation 9 confirmed they are not attending either. While id Software themselves seem to be uncertain (first confirmed, then retracted it) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment issued a statement making clear that in spite of not being on the list, it will be attending E3.
NCsoft unveiled the details of a new micro-transaction system called NCcoin that will allow customers to use real-world money to purchase in-game items and upgrades.
NCsoft has entered an agreement with Double Fusion to bring in-game advertisement into its City Of Heroes MMORPG which takes place in a modern urban setting, an ideal environment for unobtrusive in-game advertising.
Emergent Game Technologies announced that NCsoft, known for MMOs such as Lineage, Guild Wars and City of Heroes, has signed a licensing agreement for the Gamebryo video game development platform with the company’s North American business unit.
NCsoft announced that it has reinforced its relationship with Epic Games by licensing Unreal Engine 3 to develop two unannounced, top-tier massively multiplayer online games.
NCsoft Europe confirmed that it has set up a distribution network in Russia to launch its MMORPG games Tabula Rasa, Lineage, Guild Wars and pave the way for the 2008 launch of Aion: The Tower of Eternity.
NCsoft is bringing back one of the most popular in-game events that City of Heroes and City of Villains has ever seen: The Double XP Weekend. For an entire weekend (Feb. 8 to Feb. 10), Hero and Villain characters will receive double the XP, Prestige, Influence, and Infamy when they take on adventures and battle crime or cause mayhem.
NCsoft announced that Robert Garriott, who recently finished Tabula Rasa, is leaving his post as president of NCsoft’s North American business and moving into a role of global business development and planning, and will be replaced by Chris Chung, currently the vice president for worldwide product development.
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