NCsoft Consolidates MMO Devs, Creates NC West

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.