Last spring, NCsoft made known its plans to focus heavily on western investment and iterate on its existing franchises. Those plans included a new mobile studio outside of San Francisco, and today, confirming news released in its investor conference call earlier this week, the company has now released that studio’s name:
NCSOFT West is accelerating and the launch of Iron Tiger is a key step in enabling us to develop extraordinary and innovative games more rapidly and across more platforms. […] We are looking for the best and brightest minds in all of gaming to become part of the Iron Tiger and NCSOFT West teams.
Iron Tiger Studios is staffing up to support three distinct game development teams as well as a self-contained mobile publishing group. The studio will grow to more than 100 new employees over the next year. Its location in San Mateo, situated between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is ideally suited to be convenient to the area’s top technology and gaming talent.
During its Q3 2015 conference call, NCsoft told investors that it had thus far accrued around 60 of its planned 100 employees for this endeavor and that overhead for employees in that region was higher than elsewhere given the high cost of living near San Francisco.
One of the IPs being “leveraged” for these mobile endeavors? No less than the Lineage franchise.