With a number
of popular properties
dominating the massively
and a few more on the way
, NCsoft already makes a very strong case for being the most important publisher in the MMO genre. If a recent conversation between NCsoft CEO Geoff Heath and MCV are any indication however, this is only the beginning
for the South Korea-based company. Heath indicated that they have plans to double their European development capacity over the next eighteen months as part of a push to get an unnamed project on the Playstation 3 by Christmas 2008. As if that wasn't juicy enough, he revealed that CoX
, which they only recently acquired
, is due for an expansion as well.
What's there to say but, "woah!" While CoX
fans have hardly been led astray with the thrice-annual Issue release
schedule, it's both great and terrible news to hear that a true blue expansion is coming their way. If NCsoft wants to do this correctly, they'd better deliver a serious amount of new content to justify charging for what has been free for the last several years. And as for the goal to get a PS3 game on store shelves by winter 2008, what's with that? Hopefully it's not of the sort that we just have to have, because honestly, who owns a PS3 these days? If we had to take a guess though, we'd probably wager that Guild Wars
would be making the jump. It's anybody's guess at this point though.