phantasy star online

Official Site: Phantasy Star Online 2
Studio: SEGA
Launch Date: December 21, 2000 (Japan); January 29, 2001 (NA)
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Platform: PC, Xbox, Dreamcast, GameCube
See also: Phantasy Star Online 2

NCsoft starts new mobile studio in Japan

Does NCsoft show any signs of stopping? Any hint whatsoever of slowing down? Or are we already seeing the birth of a future worldwide megacorp that will service all of your gaming needs from the cradle to the grave (and beyond, with new SavePoint™ technology)?

It doesn’t appear that the game publisher is losing momentum, at least. NCsoft recently opened a new mobile games subsidiary in Japan called Lionship Studio and is on the prowl for promising talent to staff its future projects.

Lionship Studio is being led by Sega veteran Yojiro Ogawa, who previously worked on Phantasy Star Online. Last November, NCsoft established a mobile games studio in California named Iron Tiger.

Source: MMO Culture


Perfect Ten: Most notable console MMORPGs to date

It used to be that hunting for a console MMORPG was one of the most fruitless endeavors known to gamers. The PC was where it was at, dating all the way back to the birth of MUDs back in the 1980s. For decades, console gamers could only look on in envy as their PC comrades enjoyed persistent worlds, massive multiplayer, and online events.

The scene, of course, has radically changed, particularly over the past five years. Now studios are downright eager to tap into the console market with their online titles, and in some cases these MMOs have proven to be much more successful on those platforms than their PC version counterparts.

While a full list of every console MMO to date would far exceed a top 10 list, I thought it was worthy of drawing out the most notable titles that have existed to date on video game consoles. Some of these are long extinguished, some are famous disappintments, while others are flourishing even today. What would you pick for this list? Let us know in the comments!

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