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Aion going free-to-play in Europe only

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 14, 2011 6:00am PST

AionWhile struggling MMORPGs used to simply shut down when subscriber numbers dropped, the rise of the free-to-play model has seen many hold on to eek out a living. Add Aion to that list, as NCSoft announced today it'll switch in February 2012--but only i

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Lineage 2 going free-to-play later this year

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 02, 2011 6:30am PDT

NCSoft's grind-athon Lineage II is jumping on the free-to-play MMO bandwagon "later this year," switching alongside the launch of the 'Goddess of Destruction' free expansion.

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"waiting for rift f2p... Iv always wanted to try that one but am not going to pay for it."

- godm0de see all 4 comments

Richard Garriott awarded $32 million in NCSoft legal battle

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 26, 2011 9:45am PDT

NCSoft unsurprisingly appealed when it was ordered to pay Richard 'Lord British' Garriott $28 million in 2010, but Garriott has won the appeal too, and is now owed $32 million.

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"They should give it to him in NCSoft points, redeemable in any of NCSoft game's item stores. "

- cerealSAM2 see all 48 comments

Guild Wars 2 gets PvP details, new trailer

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 17, 2011 5:30pm PDT

Guild Wars 2 is celebrating the Gamescom show with a whole host of presents, including details on the subscription-free PC MMORPG's PvP, a snazzy trailer, and great gobs of new screenshots.

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"nice trailer.. had bits in it from previous ones.. i was intrigued by that furnace part of the ..."

- surferosh see all 8 comments

MMO WildStar announced by NCSoft

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 17, 2011 7:30am PDT

Building, exploring, and collecting are playstyles intended to be just as valid as hitting monsters until they fall over in MMORPG WildStar, announced today at Gamescom by NCSoft.

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"Corrected an error that listed the planet in this game as Nexon. It is actually Nexus."

- XAVdeMATOS see all 5 comments

Guild Wars 2 Sylvari race shown off

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 11, 2011 10:00am PDT

Guild Wars 2's playable plant people the Sylvari are the stars of a week of features from developer ArenaNet, with story details, sound snippets, videos and more.

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"Sylvari (modern day Kokiri), have the coolest racial ability yet: ...Chores!! =]"

- darthfusion see all 34 comments

Guild Wars 2 beta later this year

By Xav de Matos, May 18, 2011 2:20pm PDT

NCSoft has announced that a beta test for Guild Wars 2 is planned for the "second half" of 2011. During a conference call, the NCSoft CFO hinted the game could launch in 2012.

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"well, NC Soft's traditional release dates are April and November... and they usually have a beta ..."

- surferosh see all 16 comments

PopCap Teams Up with NCSoft for Game Platform in Korea

By Brian Leahy, Sep 14, 2010 4:00pm PDT

PopCap Games and NCSoft have partnered to bring the developer's games to Korea within a new service, dubbed PopCap World. The platform will launch...

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Richard Garriott Awarded $28 Million in NCSoft Lawsuit

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 30, 2010 6:00am PDT

Ultima creator and Tabula Rasa designer Richard 'Lord British' Garriott has won his lawsuit against his former employeer NCSoft, the Statesman...

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"Sadly, if the target is big enough, they usually settle if the merits of the case take it to ..."

- TheMongbat see all 55 comments

Richard Garriott Sues NCSoft for $27 Million

By Alice O'Connor, May 06, 2009 10:11am PDT

Ultima creator Richard Garriott is suing former employer NCSoft for around $27 million, alleging he lost stock options when the Tabula Rasa...

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"Yeah, he obviously doesn't deserve the money that was promised to him in a contract. In fact, ..."

- robosextoid see all 49 comments

NCsoft Joins Steam, Brings City of Heroes and More

By Chris Faylor, Apr 22, 2009 9:11am PDT

Expanding Steam's catalog of massively multiplayer online games, publisher NCsoft has announced that its various MMOs will soon hit Valve's digital...

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"All PROGRAMS should be so easy to run and install. Fuck the Windows registry, fuck Control Panel ..."

- code-e255 see all 48 comments

Champions Online Testers Poached From Rival

By Chris Faylor, Mar 20, 2009 9:07am PDT

Cryptic Studios has confirmed that it recruited players for the now-underway Champions Online closed beta from super-powered rival City of Heroes...

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"I love how developers cater to consoles with a PC market game. I have a bad feeling about this ..."

- YummiGummi see all 19 comments

Worlds Claims MMOs Infringe 'Virtual Space' Patent, Sues NCsoft

By Chris Faylor, Dec 29, 2008 2:58pm PST

Self-described pioneer in "3D virtual communities and rich immersive environments" Worlds has sued MMO publisher and developer NCsoft for...

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"The patent system is pretty flawed. I think they'll grant a patent on just about anything ..."

- ieGod see all 42 comments

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)...

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"ditto, they need to focus their efforts on that and stop shitting out all the retarded titles in ..."

- araczynski see all 10 comments

NCsoft Axes 21 Workers at Austin Studio

By Aaron Linde, Aug 13, 2008 2:58pm PDT

Guild Wars publisher and Lineage developer NCsoft has cut 21 employees from its Austin, Texas development studio, the company revealed today....

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"This was a long time coming, I think. I worked for a game developer in '06 and '07 that was ..."

- gooblerampling see all 21 comments