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NCSoft To Reveal PS3 Title Later This Year

Last year, we learned that NCSoft, responsible for several of the biggest PC MMORPGs to date, had signed on with Sony to produce titles for the PlayStation 3. Since then, we've heard whispers and rumors, but the developer hasn't yet showed off anything concrete. Well, that's all going to change some time during the second half of this year.

According to an interview with the Wired blog, NCsoft's new president Chris Chung won't unveil the title of their newest PS3 project just yet, but he did say they'll have "something to announce - not only announce but to show - by the second half of this year." Some may have believed they would simply port over one of their past PC hits, like City of Heroes or Guild Wars, but NCSoft simply says "that's the wrong way to do it." As Chung said in the interview-

"You have to create a gameplay that's really suitable for the console space, the console experience. I mean, it's very different from PC. I think the key is whether the development team really buys into the console. I think we have a couple of development teams that the title that they're making could be a hit in the console space as well as the PC."

However, the article does note that the recently released Tabula Rasa sports a "decidedly console-esque interface and combat design," so perhaps there is the possibility NCSoft will port that one to the PS3. But Chung is talking about an original console project, here, so we're excited about that. We'll keep you posted.

2/11/2008 Ben Dutka

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 12:30:34 AM

Unfortunately I believe the coming generation of console MMO's will keep me away the same way so many PC ones do. I refuse to pay a monthly fee to play a game I already bought. That's simply ludicrous to me. The fee for Xbox live was a MAJOR factor for my PS3 choice. I mean we are paying these MMO companies twice once to obtain the content and once to use it. It's like a restrant charging you once to make the food and again to bring it to you. It would be like itunes making you pay $2 for a song and then charging you 20 cents to play it each time.
I believe NCsoft made Guild Wars which is famous for not having these fees but unless companies stop this payment scheme they will never earn my cash. I've always been a little bit interested in getting into some of these games so here's to hoping they bring me what I want.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 7:48:23 AM

Shadow: I think you are forgetting, that we are paying them not just so we can play the game, but also that they update and stick with it. MMOs are constantly being overseen by the dev team and they actually work on things as we are playing. We are really paying them for the services they provide, so it's a little more than just paying to play. And what do you mean, the free xbox live was a major factor in getting a PS3? PS3 doesnt have live. Or did you mean that because Live isnt free, then you decided to get a PS3?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 7:49:56 AM

edit: I actually read that wrong. I thought you said "free" but you actually said "fee" lol I cant read on this stupid computer screen Im using @ school!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 9:33:23 AM

and you metioned something about paying a resturaunt to make the food, then paying again to bring it to you: that's kinda what tipping is.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 12:40:38 AM

I believe that you aren't tipping someone to bring the food out, that's there job, they already get paid for that. I tip based on the quality of service and the courtesy of my server. Not simply because they brought out the food.

I understand all those things about the team constantly working on it but I still just can't wrap my head around the whole paying twice thing. Maybe I'm just cheap or maybe it's because I know that I would probably pop it in for only an hour or two each week and can't justify the large fee. If MMO developers would start a payment strategy similar to a pre-paid phone card, (you pay for thirty hours or whatever) I'd be all for it. (In fact if Microsoft did that with Live I'd probably own a 360) But to each his own, right?

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