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Flying Lab Inks Deal With SOE

Posted by Keith Cross on Jun 26, 2007  | Comments

Flying Lab Inks Deal With SOE - Pirates of the Burning Sea -

Flying Lab Software has announced that they have signed a deal to publish Pirates of the Burning Sea in partnership with Sony Online Entertainment's Platform Publishing.

First of all, the Contract is signed. A joint press release will be going out tomorrow morning, but it's important to all of us here that our community hear it first and here it straight from us. So without further ado:

Pirates of the Burning Sea will be published in partnership with Sony Online Entertainment's Platform Publishing. This is an important deal for Flying Lab Software and we know how passionate our community is about this issue. So before you start posting your thoughts on our forums, let me share how this particular arrangement differs from publishing deals you may have read about in the past.

So what is "Platform Publishing"? It's a partnership program in which SOE and an independent developer work together to release a game. It's very different from SOE's main publishing efforts, where they develop the games internally (i.e. Everquest 2, Star Wars: Galaxies). Instead the developer makes the game, SOE publishes it, and together we divvy up the various responsibilities.

Here is the breakdown:

Flying Lab Software

  • Game Development
  • Community
  • Customer Support
  • Server Operations

Sony Online Entertainment

  • Billing
  • Launcher
  • Retail Distribution
  • Localization
  • Marketing

Read the full announcement here.

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