SWTOR vets form new studio, partner with Nexon

Korean F2P giant Nexon announced today that it has entered into a “strategic partnership” with newly formed QC Games. Nexon America will publish and market the fledgling company’s first project, an unannounced multiplayer online action game, according to today’s press release.

QC is headed up by Dallas Dickinson, former production director on Star Wars: The Old Republic as well as a veteran of PlanetSide, Star Wars: Galaxies, and Shadow Realms. SWTOR, Shadow Realms, and BioWare alums make up the majority of QC’s roster, which includes devs like Gabe Amatangelo who may be familiar to MMO fans.

The release also says that QC is accepting resumes for positions on its first game.

Source: Business Wire; thanks Heather_PLS!
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Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

ActiBlizz is not held by a Chinese investor. They bought their shares back in 2013.

srmalloy
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srmalloy

SirMysk That was my first thought, as well. And along with that I have to hope that Nexon doesn’t force it to be developed in the Korean playstyle, where everything past the starting areas is designed to force you into groups to complete anything at or near your level.

Estranged
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Estranged

I just play anyway. Wish I didn’t known. LOL

DaemonHardrod
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DaemonHardrod

Talk about going to the dark side…

Belcross
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Belcross

Estranged Sadly and very true. The engine still suffers today.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

Kodimus As if I should have been excited about Cliffy B.

McSleaz
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McSleaz

Lost all interest at “Nexon”. That company doesn’t give two shits about producing a quality game with a good experience, they just wanna slap a quick skin on something and use it to RAPE your wallet.

Estranged
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Estranged

Sigh. Next.

Estranged
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Estranged

They used an early Hero engine. Cheap.Tried to engineer it to handle large groups. Nope.
The money was spent on voice, coders and advertising.

Dnote
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Dnote

Durenas Estranged SWTOR was three years into development before EA took over. Dallas and the other studio heads were massive WoW fans and every pre-IP announcement interview they did about the game all they talked about was WoW and this amazing engine they had to work with.

You can blame a lot on EA, but what SWTOR is, is ENTIRELY the fault of those that set up the Austin studio.

Durenas
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Durenas

Estranged The engine wasn’t cheap. SWTOR was very expensive to make. Their problem was they just didn’t have enough endgame to keep people around.

camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

That microphone though… it should automatically translate into yoda-speak.  You see his lips move and then “There is no try!” comes out, etc.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

Urgh…..I’ll pass. DD seems like a nice guy and all but he’s never filled me with much confidence.  As for the rest.  That list is a bit lack luster.

Estranged
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Estranged

At least they aren’t trying KickStarter, given their reputations.

I really like Dallas and had some good interactions with him during SWTOR testing.  Those core guys got thrown under the bus.  EA says, “use cheap engine and make this like WoW” and changed much of their project.  Best wishes Dallas.  One of your CrowFall boys was responsible for that engine, not the guys that had to take the heat.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Kodimus Yep. And who is a big stockholder in the firm? Ten Cent (who owns Riot and half of Epic)

ASAC II LP, an investment vehicle led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Chairman Brian Kelly, has also completed its purchase of approximately 172 million company shares from Vivendi for approximately $2.34 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share, in a separate transaction.
…  With the closing of the transaction, ASAC II LP—the investor group which, in addition to Kotick and Kelly, includes Davis Advisors, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., Tencent,

Xijit
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Xijit

I could only understand 1/3rd of what you just said.

Kodimus
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Kodimus

Ok yes, you’re confused. Majority shareholder of ATVI is a firm started by Kotick and others.

Kodimus
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Kodimus

Wait what? Who is the largest shareholder of ATVI? Are you sure you’re not thinking of Riot being owned by Tencent?

Kodimus
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Kodimus

Dallas also worked on DCUO very briefly. To be completely frank, this isn’t like Cliffy B leaving to start his own studio. Don’t get excited.

SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably
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SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably

Nexon? Oi. If you thought that swtor’s cash shop was bad, wait ’till you get a load of nexon.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Dnote Valkyriez As SallyBowls1  mentioned above. Click/comment gold for sure.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Honestly not a good “overall” list of mmo’s to use, with only SWG being “so-so”. That the majority of the people are coming from those list of games means that they’ll have to work very hard to get me interested in anything that they might come out with. 

That said they’re even more in the hole with me starting out because they’re jumping on the the “action” mmo bandwagon that appears to be one of the things that many game developers are digging into hoping to hit the next “WoW big” pay off. Interesting times…

wjowski
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wjowski

That’s like leaving Cambodia to go work in Hell.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

SWTOR  ‘vets’ and Nexon?
That partnership will be a troll’s paradise. :)

WandaClamshuckr
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WandaClamshuckr

Maybe if they were Sam and Dean, but even then it would be a hell of a fight. Naw, these guys are pooched.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Multiplayer online action game?  Maybe Shadow Realms might get made after all in some way/shape/form?  /fingerscrossed

Scarecrowe
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Scarecrowe

Damonvile
DV, I’d say just being involved with the games listed in the article was bad enough. Shadow Realms seemed like it had the most promise but I suspect that was just because it didn’t survive to launch and disappoint us there.  Oh well, whatever QC puts together can go right to General Games.

Scarecrowe
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Scarecrowe

Shadow Realms got canceled. Not sure I’d put that on my resume when trying to establish a new studio…

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Uh who did you think was going to develop PC games/MMOs for occidentals?

Let’s go over the scorecard excluding Nexon:

ATVI: WoW, largest shareholder Chinese
NCSoft: GW2 & WS Korea
Trion: said they will be partnering like AA and Dev… i.e. publishing Asian Games
PWE: STO, NWO, CO (China)
SE: Japan and considerable console focus
EA: Here we go, the non Asian company that everyone loves.

The catch-22 is that if a game company is profitable enough to be able to afford acquisitions and new development, they shan’t be very popular here. And if they are popular here, they may not have a lot of excess cash. In the short term, I think it will be Western publishers trying to get into the largest market, China, but eventually the money in those companies may be invested in the West.

The upside is SWTOR vets + Nexon is click/comment gold.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Can’t wait for the mobile match 3 game.  I wonder what the theme will be?  Matching orc heads?  Maybe spaceships?  The possibilities are simply endless.

Dnote
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Dnote

Valkyriez Trion and PWE are saints compared to Nexon :)

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

If ever there was a headline that did not fill me with confidence this is it.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

There will be crowds bustling to get on the forums just to rage at Gabe Amatangelo for balance decisions in SWTOR and Warhammer: AoR.
Could be interesting. Nexon aren’t on my blacklist yet unlike Trion and PWE so I’ll at least read news about it.

WandaClamshuckr
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WandaClamshuckr

I have to wonder if the western dev’s fully realize just how much Nexon is perceived as a cancerous stain by the MMO community.  They must.  So, the other side to that coin must be that partnering with Nexon makes them so much damn money that they don’t give a rats ass to the multitudes that are sneering at them.

I’m just shaking my head, at both prospects.  Lying in bed with Nexon is like selling your soul to the devil.

Madda
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Madda

Here we go again.

Madda
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Madda

Madda here to ruin your day! Have a good day!

Schlifer
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Schlifer

Every single time i hear nexon, they talk and then comes mongo “Nexon”

Never mind that shit here comes nexon!

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

The devil promised them fortune!

fastcart
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fastcart

How many “Disheveled Dickinson Heads” do you give this news?

I give it one “Disheveled Dickinson Head”.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

They have joined the Dark Side!

Marelius
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Marelius

Oh if they could give us a vanilla like game of SWG I would love it.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Video game super giants partner up to deliver the ultimate pedantic experience!
That would’ve been my headline of choice.

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

lol Nexon, RIP before they even started

Dnote
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Dnote

So, they are doing something like Shadow Realms for Nexon.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

If the first thing you want us to know about your company is you partnered with nexon I have to wonder what other bad decisions you’re responsible for in the listed games.

cursedseishi
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cursedseishi

Action game? Nexon…?
I’m sorry, are we talking about Cliff’s Oh-So-Original sellout action game? Or some other action game that Nexon clearly doesn’t need at this point?

Wyattearp1989
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Wyattearp1989

Oh neat so… “partner with Nexon…”, you know what? Nevermind… >.>

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