In the past, NCsoft
has been rather cautious about mobile gaming, and aside from dipping a toe in the pool with an Aion smartphone app
, the South Korean game developer has remained on the sidelines. Yesterday the company announced that it's diving in headfirst via the acquisition of Hotdog Studio
, a Seoul-based mobile developer known for Dark Shrine
We've known for some time
now that NCsoft also has plans to include mobile functionality with Guild Wars 2
, and its iOS/Android program will enable chatting, real-time map viewing, and other as-yet unrevealed functionality.
NCsoft acquired 58.3 percent of Hotdog's shares, and is looking to "enhance our ability in the smart phone environment
," according to a publisher representative.