Webzen signs deal with Red 5 Studios

Korean publisher announces exclusive worldwide deal with former World of Warcraft developers' indie studio.

Yesterday saw a bit of news regarding an American publisher's distribution plans to bring a Korean developer's massively multiplayer online game to the rest of the world. Interest in foreign MMOs is apparently a two-way street, as today Korean publisher Webzen announced an exclusive deal with American developer Red 5 Studios to bring its new MMO to market.

Red 5 Studios was formed last September by former World of Warcraft developers, including team lead Mark Kern, art director William Petras, and online director for Asia Taewon Yoon. The Red 5 team's Blizzard credentials also stretch back to previous hits from the company, including Diablo II, Warcraft III, and the Starcraft series.

"Webzen is becoming a huge force in the global online games marketplace," said Kern, Red 5's president and CEO. "Their commitment and determination partnered with our unique game concept is a winning combination for a blockbuster title."

No details or platforms for Red 5's game were announced, but it was said to be in its "initial stages of development."

This is not Webzen's first foray into international MMO publishing. Last year the company signed on to publish Scottish developer Real Time Worlds' upcoming Xbox 360 and PC MMO, APB.

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20 comments
Sandman100
Sandman100

I cant wait in tell APB and Huxley comes out.

schiftya2
schiftya2

Webzen is making a mmofps called Huxley. It's going to be amazing, whoever hasn't heard of it and likes fps's should check it out.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

if i were red 5 i wouldn't have left blizzard.

Reetesh
Reetesh

I think a Next gen MMO is going to be GREAT and also with the people who made WOW and Diablo2 making it:D

4X6X9
4X6X9

a so it was red 5 servers for WoW. so if UnrealE3 plus Wbzen plus red 5 Times xbox 360. ding ding ding. we got a great MMOFPS game

runstalker
runstalker

Kind of a bold statement, but Mark Kern was THE architect behind World of Warcraft. All the critical designs from mid-2002 (when Arena.net and Flagship folks trickled away) to around summer 2004, to final beta. Much of the core things about WoW that all 6 trillion players enjoy can be attributed to this dude. Things that were in before Battlegrounds and MC...he was on board fleshing out the fully questable Level 1 to 60 game for all races/regions -- more legwork than Pardo and Dabri, and seemed quite passionate in interviews. I wonder what caused him to leave.

Vertigo_Cross
Vertigo_Cross

Just to inform Drudaddy... WEBZEN is creating a MMORPG called ENDLESS SAGE for the PS3... As well as that game that looks kickass called HUXLEY

iamleon
iamleon

it's just going to be a Korean Craft?

PS3_OWNS
PS3_OWNS

YA SC WILL BE HERE SOONER NOW

regulesblade
regulesblade

This is good and I am intersted in seeing what they would bring out

Drudaddy
Drudaddy

xbox360 and pc that's all everyone is going to hear anymore, good buy sony playstation 3 lmao, nintendo still got love fo ya

frankeyser
frankeyser

i would like to see what this studio is goign to put out.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Red 5 seems to be doing more than just standing by. . . That's a good thing.

Rossdaboss777
Rossdaboss777

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