NCsoft Consolidates MMO Devs, Creates NC West

By Nick Breckon, Sep 10, 2008 12:30pm PDT Korea-based MMO publisher NCsoft today announced that it will consolidate subsidiaries NC Europe, NC Austin (Tabula Rasa) and ArenaNet (Guild Wars) under the leadership of a new company titled NC West.

While the old studios will not be closed, a new office in Seattle will be established for NC West, which will then lead the companies as a unified organization. NC Interactive's Chris Chung was named as CEO of NC West, with Jeff Strain taking up the presidential mantle.

"We are confident that by combining our subsidiaries into a unified global organization under Chris Chung's leadership, NC West will become a more powerful force to be reckoned with in the western MMO market," said CEO Taek Jin Kim.

Earlier this year, NCsoft cut 21 employees from NC Austin following the disappointing sales of the studio's MMO Tabula Rasa. GamesIndustry reported yesterday that NC Europe may soon lose 50 employees following the halt of production on the studio's unannounced MMO.

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  • NCSoft really needs to rethink their pricing and the number of MMOs. AFAIK, they have Guild Wars, the upcoming Aion: Tower of Infinity, City of Heroes/City of Villians, Dungeon Runners, Exteel, Tabula Rasa, and the now-dead Auto Assault. Talk about market saturation when going against WoW. What I liked about Guild Wars is that I purchased the package, and no monthly fee. Perhaps NCSoft should consider a pricing plan where I pay a monthly rate, and have access to ALL of the MMOs rather than $14.95 for Heros, $14.95 for Tabula Rasa, $6.95 for Dungeon Runners, and so on.