When the news broke a few weeks ago concerning the formation of NC
West, there were a number of intrigued and concerned MMO gamers across
the territories that the new entity would encompass (North America,
South America, and Europe). What would happen to the old studios? Was
NCsoft Austin closing down? Was ArenaNet becoming the sole developer
for previous NCsoft titles? What was happening to games like href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/108"
target="_blank">Dungeon Runners? Was href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/tr" target="_blank">Tabula
Rasa still alive? The questions were
scattered all across the Internet forums with much wailing and gnashing
Thankfully, Ten Ton Hammer has heard your questions and concerns, and
we've gone straight to the source, NC West's new president of
publishing, David Reid. With your questions in mind, we quizzed David
about the future of the various studios under NC West and exactly what
gamers should expect from the new NC headquarters. His answers may
surprise you, so make sure you check 'em out!
Hammer: So what’s going to happen with your other
studios, namely NCsoft Austin? Will you have things like QA in Seattle,
or is it just publishing?
just publishing. The Tabula Rasa team is intact,
QA, customer support, and our operations teams are still residing in
Austin and we – in fact – estimate that the Austin
studio will continue to grow. If you look out into the next year,
you’ll see that Aion is launching and the future holds games
like Guild Wars 2 and things we haven't even announced yet. We expect
all of those functions to continue to grow in the Austin office.