Tag: NCSoft

NCsoft’s Sleeping Titles About to Wake Up

20140516115031_7586NCsoft’s <Lineage Enternal> and <Metal Black: Alternative>are scheduled to go through closed tests within the second half of this year.

On 16th, NCsoft announced its upcoming line-ups for the second half of this year. <MBA> is a ‘shoot & bomb’ game first revealed in 2010, featuring TPS elements with AOS system. <Lineage Eternal> is also coming back from silence since last G-star 2011, featuring ‘drag-skill’ that casts skills in accordance with how you drag a mouse and interactive objects.

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NCsoft’s mobile line-ups are announced as well. <Blade & Soul TCG> and other franchise IPs related to past games such as <Lineage> will be revealed in order.

Meanwhile, NCsoft’s <Guild Wars 2> just begun its official service in China on the 15th of May after its three closed tests since May 2013. KongZhonog, the Chinese publisher, chose one-time payment with no monthly subscription. Its pre-order has been sold 500,000 copies from last April 2 to 30.

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NCsoft Invested $5M in Webcomics

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NCsoft invested $5M in Lezhin Entertainment, a webcomic publisher. They are looking at long-term relationship to create new intellectual properties.

Lezhin Entertainment, founded in June 2013, has published 230 webcomics with 226 authors under Lehzin Comics, turning over about $3M and securing 900,000 users for last 10 months. It is also adding 10~15 new webcomics each month.

With the investment, it is now working on transmedia strategy or so-called OSMU like what Marvel Comics has done with its Avengers characters in movies and games and willing to leap into the global market starting from Japan. “I am looking forward to a big synergy through the investement from the best Korean gaming company,” said HeeSung Han, the CEO of Lezhin. “It would be a good momentum for the creative digital story-telling content.”

You can check what Lezhin Comics offers at www.lezhin.com.

(Video) Blade & Soul to Go Monthly Subscription with Item Sales in Japan

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The launch date for the Japanese service for <Blade & Soul> has been set to be May 20th.  The payment plan is to be on a monthly subscription along with additional item sales system.

NCSoft Corporation’s Japanese branch NC Japan held the “Blade & Soul Premier Show” on the 8th, inviting various reporters and around 350 users.  <Blade & Soul>’s plans for the Japanese service and the business model were introduced at this event.

NC Japan plans to begin with the initial character creation service in mid-April, and to follow up with a ‘limited trial’ service from May 13th to 15th.  Then from May 16th to 19th it is holding an ‘open trial’ service open to everyone, paving the way to the official launch on May 20th.

The payment system is to be based on a monthly subscription fee with the addition of item sales, and the specific prices have yet to be released.  Additional items are to be categorized into consumables, convenience items, and vanity items.

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Blade & Soul Premier Show

Two different packages will go on sale starting from May 9th, the Premium and the Standard.  While both packages will include 1 complimentary month, the limited edition package will allow the player to participate in the ‘limited trial’ service from May 13th to 15th.

A PC renting service is also in plan for those players without the appropriate computers to run the game optimally.  NC Japan begins its ‘NC Gamers Service’ starting in April, a PC renting service for the players.  The service requires the renter to pay for the rental computer for a span of 2 years (3,100 yen per month).  And when the renter fully pays over the span of 2 years, the computer is theirs to own.

Various marketing is also in preparation for the launch.  First, the <Blade & Soul> animation airs starting April 3rd on the Japanese channel TBS.  The animation is then to be aired across the country over 7 different channels.  The original sound track (OST) is to be released at the end of April, and a <Blade & Soul> novel is to be released in the ‘Monthly Shonen Magazine.’

NCSoft’s Bae Jae-Hyun CPO (Executive Producer) has commented at the Premier Show: “With today’s announcement <Blade & Soul> is officially starting its launching phase in Japan.  We are nervous yet excited to introduce <Blade & Soul> to our Japanese fans.”

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JaeHyun Bae, CPO of NCsoft & director of Blade & Soul

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Blade & Soul Animation poster

Chinese Guild Wars 2 Available in Package

<Guild Wars 2> is going to be released in a package in China rather than digital downlaod.

KongZhong, Chinese publisher of the MMORPG, announced its business model of <Guild Wars 2> last 27th, selling the package with a lifetime account like NA and EU. Additional expantion and some in-game items will be sold separately.

Its 5th closed beta test in China will be held on March 11th for the next two weeks. Its official launch in China will be reportedly within this year.

The package’s price is not announced yet.

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2014 will be the year of new games from NCsoft

NCsoft plan to release big titles from their internal development teams in 2014 as well as make ‘Blade & Soul’ available in more countries.

According to NCsoft’’s financial report during 2013, there are 2 PC based online games in 2014 – Lineage Eternal and Wildstar. Wildstar is almost done and will be released during the middle of 2014. Lineage Eternal, which was introduced for the first time in G-Star 2011, does not have a concrete schedule yet, but NCsoft plan to announce its test schedule during the 3rd quarter of 2014 and will be presented in G-Star this year again.

In addition, NCsoft will release various mobile games by using IPs like Blade&Soul and Lineage. NCsoft said “Many games that have been in development for years will be launched this year. Blade&Soul will be launched in Japan, Taiwan, Russia followed by China.”

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