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NCsoft Aims for Second Biggest MMOG

Posted Thu, Aug 13, 2009 by Savanja

It seems that even NCsoft knows that no other game can de-throne MMORPG giant World of Warcraft. As Gamasutra reports, NCsoft is aiming to produce the second most popular MMORPG with the already wildly popular Aion despite their Tabula Rasa flop which is still heavy in the minds of gamers.

"I believe the performance of Aion in the US and European markets will be very successful. ... We are guessing that Aion will be -- could be -- the second [most] successful MMO in the US market next to World of Warcraft."

He said it would be "very hard" to match the success of World of Warcraft, "but Aion will be a very successful product. We are very confident in it."

Lee's excitement for the launch of Aion was dampened when an analyst asked how many boxes of Aion were shipping to retail as compared to NCsoft's MMORPG Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa, a game that cost tens of millions and many years to make, only to shut down after a little over one year.

"Ok, um, it's very unfortunate to hear the name of Tabula Rasa at this conference call," Lee said above the nervous chuckle of the analyst. "And we all want to forget and erase that memory from our performance."

You can catch the full article over at Gamasutra!

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