So, it was announced today that NCsoft will be doing some MMO work with Sony. Both have major operations in Austin, so that makes sense. NCsoft is one of the better MMO studios on the planet, so that certainly doesn’t hurt my PS3’s prospects, either.
I’d link the actual press release off of NCsoft’s site, but they’re dumb and don’t seem to give permanent links to them? *mutter* Anyhow, the relevant portion reads:
Santa Monica, Calif., July 11, 2007 â€” NCsoftÂ® Corporation (KSE:036570.KS), the worldâ€™s leading developer and publisher of online games today announced an exclusive game development deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) that provides for NCsoft to create several online games for SCEIâ€™s PlayStationÂ® platforms, including PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 (PS3â„¢) and PSPÂ® (PlayStationÂ®Portable), accessible through PLAYSTATIONÂ®Network. The announcement was made today at the E3 Media and Business Summit taking place in Santa Monica, California.
Although company officials did not divulge any details regarding the names or types of games in development, NCsoft officials did say the games would be created from both existing intellectual properties (IP) owned by NCsoft, as well as new IP.
… irrelevant self praise and other generic info snipped …
But I am a bit confused… after all, doesn’t Sony have their own MMO department? Are there implications for closer cooperation and eventual buying and merging in the future here? The possibilities melt my brain slightly. While I’m pleased to hear that NCsoft will be producing PS3 software and am especially pleased to hear that they’ll be building games from existing NCsoft IP, I’m very interested in seeing how the crossover with Sony plays out. [Insert silly visions of SOE becoming absorbed by NCsoft and producing City of Everquest’s Lineage Wars]
One really interesting little side note to this whole deal is the future status of City of Heroes/Villains. After all, Marvel and DC both sued Cryptic/NCsoft over their use of the word ‘superhero’ and all that fun stuff a while ago. Now, Cryptic is working with Marvel to produce an MMO for the 360/PC – a game that will come in direct competition with City of Heroes. With this news, NCsoft (who shares the CoH/V trademark with Cryptic) will possibly be working with Sony on their DC based MMO for the PS3/PC – another game that will likely compete directly with CoH. Interesting times.
I’m still kind of bummed that the 360 got the Marvel contract and the PS3 was stuck with the DC contract. I don’t like DC 😛 I mean, ok, fine, Batman’s cool… but that’s really about it. I actually buy and read Marvel comics 🙂 Of course, nobody’ll actually be playing as either Batman or Spiderman, so I doubt the IP really matters all that much, but it’s the principle of the thing, ne?