The managing director of NCsoft, Veronique Lallier, has revealed that her publisher is only focusing on creating big-budget MMO titles, rather than small broswer-based online experiences which have risen to such prominence over recent years in the genre.
"Our focus is really triple-A MMO games – big games like Aion, Lineage II, Guild Wars and so on," Lallier explained in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz.
"That’s the key focus for NCsoft West – we had been looking at other kinds of more casual games, that were free-to-play or browser- or small client-based, but back in 2009 we decided to completely refocus our efforts on what we’re good at."
For every success NCsoft has enjoyed with Guild Wars, Aion, and City of Heroes, there have been the occasional disasters such as Richard Garriot’s Tabula Rasa and Auto Assault. However it seems the MMO publisher has learnt significant lessons from those missteps and are now focusing on less projects at any given time.
"If you look at the market today that’s changed to really focus on the very big titles – fewer games but with higher quality – and that’s the strategy we’re really going for, targeting those MMO games that we know will be successful," she added.
NCsoft is currently focusing on Guild Wars 2, developed by ArenaNet, which has yet to be confirmed for this year.
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