NCsoft har trappat upp sin satsning rejält på senaste tiden. De har inte bara inlett ett samarbete med #Sony och ökat personalstyrkan på flera håll för nu har de även tillkännagivit öppnandet av #Carbine Studios. Exakt vad den nya studion kommer arbeta på är i dagsläget oklart men med tanke på den talang som redan nu finns där med Kevin Beardslee (Lead Developer för #World of Warcraft), Jeremy Gaffney (grundare av Turbine och producent på #City of Heroes, Tim Cain (Lead Programmer för #Fallout) och 17 andra före detta Blizzard-anställda i spetsen kan det nog bli något utöver det vanliga.
Austin, Texas, Oct. 4, 2007—NCsoft® Corporation, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today formally unveiled Carbine Studios™ (www.carbinestudios.com), the latest member of its growing family of online game development studios. Carbine Studios is located in Aliso Viejo, California, in Orange County.
Carbine Studios is currently working on an unannounced project that promises to break new ground in massively multiplayer gaming. The studio, comprised of 17 former Blizzard employees including lead and senior developers from the World of Warcraft team, is led by industry veterans Kevin Beardslee, Tim Cain and Jeremy Gaffney. Kevin Beardslee, Carbine’s vice president of design, was a lead developer on Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. Tim Cain, Carbine’s programming director, was the producer, lead programmer and designer on the award winning Fallout, and co-founder of Troika Games. Carbine’s Executive Producer Jeremy Gaffney previously worked as executive producer on NCsoft’s City of Heroes®, and established the product development group at NCsoft’s Austin headquarters as VP of development. He was also a co-founder of Turbine, Inc., where he spearheaded development on Asheron’s Call.
“This is a dev team made in heaven,” said Robert Garriott, CEO for NCsoft’s North American business. “This group is as experienced as they come in the area of computer role playing and multiplayer game design. Making successful games is second nature to them. They are a very welcome addition to the NCsoft family. The gaming community should be excited to see what great things come out of Carbine Studios in the coming years.”
“NCSoft’s established global infrastructure, commitment to their development studios and passion for online gaming makes them an ideal partner,” says Carbine co-founder Kevin Beardslee. “In the coming months Carbine Studios will continue to grow and we look forward to bringing many more talented industry professionals into our fold.”