NCsoft announces Euro partners

Pinnacle Software in the UK and other partners across the European Union will distribute the Korean online game publisher's titles starting this year.

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Korea-based online game mogul NCsoft made another major announcement today signaling the company's enthusiasm for expanding into global markets. Yesterday, it was China, and today it's Europe.

NCsoft Europe, a subsidiary launched in July, today announced the initial details of the company's European distribution network, as well as its plans to launch its first titles in the European Union. The following companies have signed on to distribute NCsoft's titles:

United Kingdom--Pinnacle Software
France--SG Diffusion
Germany--Flashpoint
Scandinavia--Toptronics
Italy--Digital Bros
Spain--Friendware
Benelux--Multi-Media International

"Pinnacle Software is delighted to be working to support NCsoft and its UK operation," said Pinnacle's managing director Peter Sleeman in a statement today. "The Garriott brothers are the masters of their chosen craft and, having worked with them in the past when distributing Ultima, I have no doubts that their latest universes will be as engrossing and appealing to their gaming audience as ever."

NCsoft plans to launch Lineage II in Europe by the end of the year, in addition to City of Heroes and Guild Wars in 2005.

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