Are you excited about the future of (mobile) gaming? NCsoft sure is! The South Korean gaming giant blasted out a press release this afternoon announcing that it is “doubling down on its existing portfolio of products,” “laying the groundwork to increase NCSOFT West’s investment and prominence in the West,” and establishing a new mobile studio in San Mateo, California.
“We are expanding our product pipeline via more products from our Korean HQ, from M&A activity, and via a heavy focus on mobile development,” senior VP of publishing John Burns says, referring to WildStar and Blade & Soul’s recent developments. “We also continue to accelerate by building on the existing great teams and people we have here at NCSOFT West and by adding additional areas of expertise that support our expanding cross-platform initiatives.”
The company invested in Canadian mobile devhouse This Game Studio in April and has suffered multiple rounds of layoffs in its western studios in the last several years. In recent weeks, it’s announced it’s bringing the nearly three-year-old Korean MMO Blade & Soul westward and turning WildStar into a free-to-play title.