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Cabal Online

OGPlanet's plan for a free MMO portal

Cabal Online, Business Models, Interviews, MMO Industry, Free-to-Play

David Hoffman, executive producer for OGPlanet, recently talked about their idea for bringing free-to-play and free-to-download MMOs ported from Korea to North America all in one portal. One of these titles is CABAL Online, an MMO set in a devastated modern-day environment, complete with magic talents, government oppression and colony rebuilding. Oh my!

OGPlanet's idea for a free MMO game portal is unique in the sense that it's not simply taking free-to-play eastern games and translating them for a western audience. They are actually play-testing the games specifically for the target western audience. David Hoffman claims this business model will actually break down the rather large wall between free MMOs and quality MMOs. CABAL Online is their first attempt at this, being supported by a cash shop and the increasingly-popular in-game advertising model we're seeing in more popular western titles lately.

OG Planet's David Hoffman interviewed

Fantasy, Cabal Online, Business Models, Culture, Interviews, MMO Industry, Making money, Free-to-Play, Casual

For those of you who may not be familiar with OGPlanet.com, they are a North American company that brings Asian MMO titles to the US. Among their games are the golfing title Albatross 18, the combat game Rumble Fighter, and Cabal Online, an RPG. This is a particularly good time for overseas imports, as more and more players are beginning to feel the need to look elsewhere for their MMO entertainment other than World of Warcraft.

MMOgamer has an interview up with OGPlanet's executive producer David Hoffman, wherein the topics range from the specifics of OGPlanet titles, to the more general mechanics of running this sort of business. It's a piece worth your time, and offers some insight into the process of adapting Asian games to an American audience.

[Thanks, Siam!]

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