NCsoft poaches WoW developers

Korean games publisher NCsoft, responsible for popular multiplayer online games such as Guild Wars, City of Heroes and Lineage, has announced a new studio by the name of Carbine Studios. What makes this studio interesting is the fact that it will be staffed by key developers from competitor Blizzard's World of Warcraft team - the most popular online RPG to christen the gaming world. NCsoft claimed in a press statement that Carbine Studios is working on a new project that promises to "break new ground in massively multiplayer gaming."

NCsoft's division is staffed by several former Blizzard employees, including Kevin Beardslee who was a lead developer on World of Warcraft, and key development staff who worked on the popular games, Fallout and Asheron's Call. "This is a dev team made in heaven. This group is as experienced as they come in the area of computer role playing and multiplayer game design. Making successful games is second nature to them," said Robert Garriott, chief executive at NCsoft's North American business.

News source: vnunet

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I can't really moan about NCSoft - I must admit I really did like GW, and the price too. But after a while, when you've completed all missions, and reached the level cap, and you're really getting annoyed with the 12 year olds on it, you just wanna quit it.

On a better note, Guild Wars 2 does look quite promising, providing they stick to what they say. Rumour has it that GW2 will be DX10, which may or may not be good for the company, depending on how the XP vs. Vista problem goes.

Let's just hope a good game arises from this.

The only game worth playing from from NCsoft is Guild Wars. Even then, the game has gone severely downhill since it was first released. What used to be a game of Skill > Time/Grind has now turned into a game where Grind > All.

Cant pick on Guild Wars, the monthly fees are unbeatable. If you cant afford the expansion with the money saved on fees, how on earth did you afford your computer?

TR, tried the beta. Looked too hard for a casual player to get into.

Exteel looks fun, the beta plays really well.

CoX is just a ripper of a game, albeit expensive.

Hmm, interesting... NCsoft is a pretty good publisher from what I've seen, taking risks like they did with Guild Wars and its financial model. They seem to be forward looking rather than some other conservative publishers. I'm a bit sad that Tabula Rasa doesn't sound like a big hit though - I had some high hopes for that one.

They are working on guildwars 2 that comes out later in 2008. Its a completely new guildwars game, not like the current guildwars we've all been playing.

NCsoft isn't really, but ArenaNet. Although NCsoft has used to offer QA support during development however. Personally I've enjoyed helping them alpha test Guild Wars.

I would like to try Tabula Rasa someday.

I'm an avid Lineage II player, and there's been a lot of changes since C2, from Castle Sieges, Clan upgrades, Clan skills, Olympiad Heroes, Seven Signs, Skill and weapon augmentations, Enchanting... However, I'd really like to see other "adult" pets besides Striders. The addition of the new race (Kamael) sure is good, and we don't need an expansion pack to get it. ;)

However, NCSoft isn't that great, support is beyond awful, their lack of ideas are just disappointing.

"break new ground in massively multiplayer gaming."

That's what NCSoft allways says, yet they keep releasing MMO games that can only be described as cheap.

Starting from lineage where everyone looks exactly the same and gameplay isn't exactly brain training. Guild Wars who suffers pretty much the same problem with lack of variety, besides not being very MO ish to start with.

Hopefullly they sniped soem animators from Blizzard though, If there is only one good thing I can say about WoW(and there is only one) it's that their animations at the very least are very good, characters actually lok and feel like they have weight and really move. Unlike the robotoic stiff movements of every NCSot game, the animations in CoX and Tabula Rasa was so bad I couldn't stand playing them just for that.

In other news, Lenovo computers told IBM that they will be selling new machines that would "break new grounds in PC selling".

Can't beat a giant that easely...

Aahz said,
As someone who has been in the beta for quite some time now...don't hold your breath.

I just stopped playign the beta and deleted the install files and game... it was horrible and I saw no way that game would ever become aything playable

HawkMan said,

I just stopped playign the beta and deleted the install files and game... it was horrible and I saw no way that game would ever become aything playable

Ya know, I said the very same thing about the Guild Wars beta...

HawkMan said,

I just stopped playign the beta and deleted the install files and game... it was horrible and I saw no way that game would ever become aything playable

Same here... I got a beta invite, played for 3 days and dumped it. It looked and ran like crap.

Aahz said,
As someone who has been in the beta for quite some time now...don't hold your breath.

You make me weep, sir. But thanks for the heads up!

HawkMan said,

wow, you're clairvoyant then :)

Well, I mean, the Guild Wars beta was an awful experience for me. However, the end product was, I believe, a complete turnaround. I've had no experience with TR, but I'm pretty sure you can't give a complete judgment on it until it's complete. -shrug-

Dakkaroth said,
Let's just hope they don't take Blizzard's unbelievably slow game making ability with them. :P

there logo is a snail