E3 '07: NCsoft teams with Sony

South Korea-based MMOG publisher bringing "several" exclusive, unannounced games to PS3, PSP.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Game announcements were served up du jour at Sony's press conference earlier today at the E3 Media and Business Summit. However, Sony also served up a heaping helping of its online plan, including several new looks at the revamped Home service.

Home wasn't the only online integration on Sony's plate, however. During the conference, the megapublisher also announced an exclusive partnership with South Korea-based massively multiplayer online aficionados NCsoft to create several online games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

Sony also has its in-house studio Sony Online Entertainment developing games for the PlayStation Network. In June, SOE announced its latest game for Sony's online network, titled The Agency. SOE has also brought several classic games to the PlayStation 3, including Q*bert, Rampart, and Mortal Kombat II.

Aside from the announcement itself, Sony did not announce any games that NCsoft had in the works for either platform.

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Lost_forgotten
Lost_forgotten

The Marvel Universe Online (MMO) is cancelled lol.

shortster1
shortster1

I think it would be awesome if they made a new type of city of heroes game to the ps3. I even thought city of heroes was better than WOW. It would also be awesome because you would actually be able to talk to people to let them know your not perverted or something like that. I also think it would be easier to organize things on the ps3. But thats just my opinion

BulletProof007
BulletProof007

This sounds like a good deal for PS3 and PSP owners. Can't wait to see what they bring to the platforms.

TehPickle
TehPickle

Sonovius-- That made me chuckle. Comedic truth without a hint of irony.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

NCsoft has so very interesting titles scheduled for release for the PS3 and PSP

Sonovius
Sonovius

The names on any Marvel MMO are going to be so bad. Worse than FF11. I wonder how many variations of xXxWolvarinez44xXx there will be? Will I play it? Good heavens yes.

Oni
Oni

Microsoft Game Studios already announced a partnership with Cryptic Studios and Marvel to publish the Marvel MMO to 360 and Vista. Cryptic developed the City of Heros games and is not owned by NCsoft. Since "ArenaNet" is a subsidiary of NCsoft, there could easily be Guild War games made for PS3. This news isn't that great because NCsoft as a developer only created Lineage, and if you played those games know why I'm not enthusiastic. I'll wait and see before I applaud Sony for this move.

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

I've never really been a fan of MMO-style games on consoles, for fairly obvious reasons, but it seems to me that NCsoft-ish games might do well, their control schemes and game design seems to lend itself to gamepad control fairly well. We'll see how it pans out, but this is potentially good news for Sony.

Sonovius
Sonovius

Y'all are excited about Korean MMOs? Have you played any? They are the WORST.

TehPickle
TehPickle

adidaspj --Yes, it will no doubt be a new IP, but CoH and GW being total dross isn't what makes me so cynical about this partnership. The problem is NCSoft make the most woefully mundane games swallowed first and foremost by a market (Korea) that revels in mediocrity. NCSoft have let me down so many times in the past with their games I don't think I can trust them to ever make a truly worthwhile game. I sincerely hope Sony know what they're doing with this.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

All I have to say is......GUILD WARS PS3. Come on, we all can dream lol. Tabula Rasa may have a chance though...

cuneofamily
cuneofamily

Finally my PS3 is getting the limelight it should

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

this is one of the best things i've heard from sony in a long time.

Chocolate_Hero
Chocolate_Hero

I found this announcement to be one of the highlights of the Sony press conference. I'm definitely intrigued, and I can't wait to see what comes out of this partnership.

Reetesh
Reetesh

NCSoft = No fee MMOos PS3 = No fee Online play... :shock: maybe SOny will learn how to handle things being free and everything from them :D

martin_f
martin_f

Whats happening with the Marvel MMO then? or are Cryptic studios going it alone with Microsoft?

-Krakapow-
-Krakapow-

im not a mmo fan myself but i know they can mean big money. exclusive mmos is good news for sony.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Would of been nice to know what games they were planning on doing.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I'm not keeping my hopes up on this one though

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

smartest idea that could happen if done correctly. an MMO for the PSP, given it must be a superb game not some halfbaked corspe of a traditional MMO. But that would work ... and its got memsticks for updates as long as the updates arent 500megs a piece :P

adidaspj
adidaspj

gah they say NCsoft will make online games for PS3 and PSP and people immediately say "GW SUCKS, COH SUCKS" maybe it will be (god forbid) a new IP? wooooow i just blew your mind didn't i?

runstalker
runstalker

They should put GW 2 on the machine. It'll be using a next-gen engine (as opposed to the wide range spec-friendly GW engine) and have a big shared open world. Would be a great showcase.

the-very-best
the-very-best

Very exciting news. Can't wait to see what they have in store for PS3. Too many good games for the PS3 though, need more money!

starwood10
starwood10

Wow that is ironic. I always hated Sony for making crap electronics and selling their inferior products at a high premium over their competitiors just because of their name. I also hated NCSoft for making crap games and the false marketing of their products. Now they have teamed to no doubt create the ultimate form of crap imaginable! But, there may be some good news to this... maybe NCSoft will soon just make games for PS3 & PSP and STOP MAKING PC GAMES ALTOGETHER! Just think, how much more pleasant PC gaming could be if NCSoft made all their garbage developments exclusive to the PS3 & PSP. PS. For the fanboy who thinks that "MILLIONS" play Guild Wars everyday and told us" fools" to "get a life," I think you need to retake grade one math. NCSoft publicizes sales of Guild Wars by including any sale of Prophecies, Factions or Nightfall. This total was last tallied at just over 3 million sold, NOT 3 million players. MOST people who bought the game don't play it anymore. Simply add the number of servers you see when you play, and multiply that by the max players per server (which is still overestimating) and you will be lucky to find a couple of hundred thousand people playing. I'm pretty sure more people play RappelZ and SilkRoad Online than Guild Wars now lol. Guild Wars was just a fad because it was advertised as a F2P MMO. So if you're still playing it... guess who needs to get a life.

Paper_Knife
Paper_Knife

please dont make a crappy game *crosses fingers*

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

SulaMoon - Against Nintendo? Maybe. Against Blizzard? Yeah, I'm with you. The idea that anything NCSoft makes will ever put a dent into WoW is laughable.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

finally sony is starting to make good moves, good luck sony!

TehPickle
TehPickle

I debated with myself for a little while before posting this, you're all probably thinking I'm just a cynical MS/Ninty fanboy for saying this (actually not in the slightest bit true), but here goes: NCSoft haven't made a single game that has occupied me for more than an hour or 2 at best. I bought CoH and a 2 month game time card and 1 month and 29 days went to waste. I would say exactly the same thing about Guild Wars except that was free, but it pales in comparison to any true MMO, it wasn't in the slightest bit cohesive - to such an extent that it isn't really an MMO at all. Auto Assault was utter garbage as well. I'll stop myself listing all their games now before I somehow start some silly flaming war. Just one more thing to say: It's great Sony are going to get some exclusives (at long last as I'm sure most of you would agree) I just can't help but think that Korean-style MMOs (seriously people, they' have very little going for them) are the right choice. Heck if NCSoft go completely crazy and make a game that's actually worth the investment I'll eat my words along with a huge slice of humble pie. I wish Sony the best of luck in this endeavour / gamble.

SulaMoon
SulaMoon

hehe A big force against blizzard/nintendo? This could either be a big waste of time or a the birth of a big parternship...

Bansheesdie
Bansheesdie

Why the lack of announcements Sony and NCsoft?

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--axia_777 -- As far a GW goes it's a good game...for a while, but it gets old fast...and it's free so at least you can come back to it months later but saying it rocks it a bit overboard. As for MMO's in general I think the problem becomes the better ones are more complet and will not translate well to consoles. And the moment someone says you can use a keyboad / mouse with a console then I'd rather play on PC. Keyboad / mouse on a couch sucks. Somethings are better on specific platforms.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

PS3 Port of Auto Assault, you heard it here first! :P :P :P

DJSMITH007
DJSMITH007

Hmm, I wonder if its going to be a form of Guild Wars, cause that would be really cool :)

Ground_Zero
Ground_Zero

pfft Guild Wars sucks, City of Heros/Villians rocks :P

axia_777
axia_777

Yah know, if NCSoft had teamed up with Microsoft and the 360, every single 360 X-Bot fanboy would be cheering it like it was the best thing ever. But since it is NCSoft and Sony obviously it will suck, yah right. Get a life fools. Guild Wars rocks. Millions play it every day. NCSoft can make good games and they will make good games for PS3. I just hope it is not GW and it ALL NEW. An all new MMO just for PS3. That is what I think Sony and NCSoft are gunning for. WOOT!!!!

Dezuria
Dezuria

People say Live is better than PSN, so why is PSN better for online games? Does the whole open-source whatever make a difference? Is Microsoft really strict when it comes to online stuff?

Hokkie
Hokkie

NCsoft hasnt shown that great of products. With one permanantly shutting down and two that are practically identical. For Sony's sake, they better not ask for a CoH/CoV PS3 style

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

this will be exciting...in a couple 3 years

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Is it too late for Sony to play catching up?

SteadyShark
SteadyShark

Well, it must be one hellova prison for all of these titles to want to jump ship or develop for 360 right off the bat.