NCsoft loads Carbine Studios

Korea-based publisher assembles big names within industry for newly unveiled MMOG studio in Orange County, CA.

Perhaps taking cues from its massively multiplayer online games, NCsoft has announced the second major expansion of its operations in as many weeks. Last week, the Korea-based publisher revealed it would be dramatically ramping up production at its European studio in the UK with the addition of 100 new jobs.

Conducive to working long hours developing its games, NCsoft today formerly unveiled its newest shop, dubbed Carbine Studios, in Orange County, California. The studio was initially founded as a division of NCsoft North America in 2005.

NCsoft wasted no time loading up Carbine with some high-caliber talent. Its vice president will be Kevin Beardslee, a former lead developer on World of Warcraft. City of Heroes executive producer and cofounder of Turbine Inc. Jeremy Gaffney will transition into a similar role at Carbine. And last but not least, Tim Cain--leader designer of the original Fallout and cofounder of Troika Games--will serve as programming director.

Carbine Studios is currently working on an as-yet-unannounced massively multiplayer online game for NCsoft. NCsoft currently has several other projects under its wing, including Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa, which is now set to blast off November 2, as well as Aion and Guild Wars 2. The prolific MMOG publisher also has plans to port over some of its existing franchises, as well as create original properties, for Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

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LordGamer0001
LordGamer0001

sounds like a pretty solid team right there.

adamska_br
adamska_br

Tim Cain? RPG goodness will be produced.

Alaris83
Alaris83

Tim Cain? And here I thought he was trying to stay under the radar. I'll have to keep an eye on Carbine Studios and see what they can do.

Mandingo101
Mandingo101

if sony wants guild wars 2 they will get it with the new deal, i dunno if they want it tho. im pretty sure they want tabula rasa tho.

SP33doh
SP33doh

why do people assume that guild wars 2 is coming to the PS3? nobody's said anything about that. if arenanet doesn't want to make GW2 for PS3, they won't, ncsoft is very hands off.

runstalker
runstalker

Certainly adding some good names to the stable, and you know that every NCsoft project moving forward will have PS3 implications.

mnmnanu
mnmnanu

Cant wait to see the fruits of their labor.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Guild Wars 2 + PS3 = I'm in! Nothing says free online like more free online ;)

legandary_ACE
legandary_ACE

Guild Wars 2 on the PS3......thats awesome!!! :D

gamenux
gamenux

I want Exteel Now! [plz :)]

Thranin
Thranin

That sounds like the beginnings of a potentially great dev team.

SentientGames
SentientGames

There could be some good games comin' out of Carbine. Tim Cain is pretty much a legend among the Fallout fanbase.