Last week, NCsoft completed its sale of NC Interactive Inc., the wholly-owned subsidiary in charge of the South Korean firm’s western operation. Announced alongside the sale was the intention to immediately fund a new operation to take over the former company’s responsibility, simply moving the requirements from Austin, TX to new digs somewhere closer to the company’s development teams on the west coast.
The #SaveCOH campaign has spoken up about the transaction. Unexpectedly, the collection of disgruntled, yet hopeful, gamers have cheered the move. The reasoning is that NCsoft still hasn’t definitively buried City of Heroes, citing NCsoft spokesman Kim Yo-han stating “nothing had been decided on selling the game or other action afterwards.” The group hopes the new company has CoH in mind and will shop around the property.
Mercedes Lackey, the NY Times best-selling author and spokesperson for #SaveCOH, stated
“In light of NCSoft’s recent statements, we hope this move by NCsoft might represent an
opening to find our award-winning, innovative and unique game, a new home.”
I’m not as optimistic.
Full press release from #SaveCOH after the cut.
STATEMENT FROM THE SAVE CITY OF HEROES® CAMPAIGN REGARDING THE
SALE OF NC INTERACTIVE.
The lights might have gone out in Paragon City, but former City of Heroes® players say they hope recent comments and business transactions by NCsoft® will increase their chances of seeing the much-missed MMO resurrected.
Today (December 24) NCsoft Corporation are due to complete the sale of its shares in North American subsidiary NC Interactive.
And on December 12, the company announced that it would establish a new wholly owned subsidiary in the United States which will be in charge of the United States and Europe businesses.
Members of the campaign to resurrect the publisher’s recently-closed MMORPG, City of Heroes® say the sale – and recent comments by NCsoft have given them fresh reason to hope that heroes and villains may once again return to Paragon City, Praetoria and the Rogue Isles.
In a statement made to the Korea Times regarding the closure of City of Heroes®, NCsoft’s Seoul-based spokesman Kim Yo-han told journalist Cho Mu-hyun that “nothing had been decided on selling the game or other action afterwards.”*
A spokeswoman for the Save City of Heroes campaign, an NY Times best-selling author, Mercedes Lackey, said: “Myself, and other members of the SaveCityOfHeroes (#SaveCoH) campaign are watching this transaction carefully.
“In light of NCSoft’s recent statements, we hope this move by NCsoft might represent an opening to find our award-winning, innovative and unique game, a new home.”