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Robert Garriott Talks NCsoft - Sony Deal

Posted Sep 11, 2007 by Keith Cross

Robert Garriott Talks NCsoft - Sony Deal

NCsoft CEO Robert Garriott has written an article describing the nature of NCsoft's partnership with Sony and their plans to create titles not only for the PC, but for the Playstation 3 and PSP. Unfortunately, no specific titles were named in the article.

One of the most exciting things that we have to talk about this year is our new relationship with Sony, a deal which frankly gives us an unprecedented opportunity to bring our online portfolio of games to a suite of highly popular console gaming systems, including the PlayStation 3. Many in the industry and the press have asked me why we have chosen this path, and what kind of games they can expect to see on their favorite console--not to mention when. Here I hope to provide some insight into this relationship and how it fits into the vision for our products in the coming years.

It has been one of our business strategies to bring customers to a catalog of games where the customer has the choice to play a variety of different products. However, we don't want to limit ourselves to the PC, especially while the console market continues to grow by leaps and bounds with every new generation...and console makers want to get into the online space. The ideal system would be an extremely capable, stable platform, with the best Internet connectivity and greatest freedom of web access and interaction available to the user. This combination of access, openness and ability to bring NCsoft to the console market is very attractive. In this case, we felt like Sony fit the bill. We like their vision of where they are going and we believe Sony complements our strategy moving forward (this is not to say we are going to stop developing on the PC, far from it).

Specifically, this relationship allows NCsoft to develop titles across all of Sony's console hardware platforms--the focus being on the PlayStation 3 and perhaps the PSP. This long-term relationship will allow us to start developing console products, as well as build our growing catalog beyond just massively multiplayer games for the PC.

Read the full article here.

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