Archive for: June 2009

[Gamepot Japan] Bringing Level-R to Russia

Gamepot Japan announced that the company will publish its online racing game Level-R (Скорость Онлайн: Rus)?in Russian via Nival‘s game portal site?ZZima. com from June 30.

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<Screenshots from?Level-R website>

[NCsoft] Five former employees guilty of leaking company secrets

The verdict on the case of five former NCsoft developers involved with the Lineage 3 has been announced by the?Seoul Central District Court last Friday. Five defendants have been found guilty of leaking company secrets. Amongst five, three will receive from 8 months to a year and a half jail term, ?two years’ probation. Other two get a US$ 5,384 fine (or 7M Won)

The court recognized “the former employees had contacted with Square Enix Japan with an intention to sell and in fact ended up with leaking company secrets, which caused damage to NCsoft.” However the court didn’t find an evidence that some of defendants actually used the Lineage 3 data they stored on a hard drive disk when leaving the company, for a new game in a studio they started.

This is the criminal penalties apart from a US$500,000 civil suit that has been filed by NCsoft against these employees last August.

We reached NCsoft for a comment but don’t have one on the sentencing yet.

[The9] WoF China or DF China?

I posted a news that after losing the WoW operation license its rival NetEase, The9 planned to launch a brand new game called World of Fight《名?三?WOF: Chi》. It turns out that despite its name the game may look a little bit like Dungeon Figher.

Except its setting which is based on China Three Kingdoms, someone may say that in-game characters, actions, skills remind them of Dungeon Fighter A LOT.

Here are some screenshots so see for yourself;

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2K Sports and Tencent working on NBA 2K Online together

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2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two,?teamed up with Tencent to develop <NBA 2K Online>, which is a PC online version of <NBA 2K>.

It’s a well-known fact that since 2008 Take-Two has been looking for Asian partners to enter the online gaming business. Take-Two tried to set up a series of meeting with key Korean developers to gauge a possibility?to develop an online version of GTA together.

[Aion] Coming to US/Europe in September

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NCsoft West is going to publish “Aion: The Tower of Eternity” in US and Europe on September 22 and 25, respectively. You can download from NCsoft West official homepage, Direct2Drive, and Steam.

NCsoft West has launched its pre-order program since June 17 and schedule to have a Closed Beta Test, which is scheduled between June and August.

More information is available at www.aiononline.com