Exclusive NC West Interview with David Reid, President of Publishing

Posted Tue, Sep 23, 2008 by Cody Bye

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 Exteel and Dungeon Runners? Was Tabula Rasa still alive? The questions were scattered all across the Internet forums with much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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!  

Ten Ton 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?

David: It’s 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.

To read the rest of the exclusive NC West interview, click here!

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