New AAA Online Game Studio, Molten, Formed (NewsBlaze.com)

Execs from two top and one middle-of-the-road studio, plus millions (generally $2 million – $10 million in that “series”) of start-up cash from NCSoft? Huh. That’s a very unique blend of Eastern and Western gaming influences.

For me, Relic seems like the odd man out given their games haven’t exactly been massive successes. Primarily they have Dawn of War (Warhammer 40,000 related) and Company of Heroes IPs with generally average to good Metacritic ratings. However, Warhammer 40,000 is already being made by Behaviour Interactive, Canada’s largest independent game developer, due out late 2015.

If Westernized MMORPGs from Asia and Russia over the past few years have proven anything, it’s that melding concepts across continents and cultures often proves disappointing to the vast majority of players. One can only hope they take Western sensibilities and filter them through an Eastern artistic lens.

This could be a mind-blowing IP or a gigantic flop. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for something amazing, though we’ll probably have to wait four or five years for the first game. *shakes fists*

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Executives From Blizzard, Sony Online and Relic Entertainment Form Molten Games

SAN DIEGO – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Molten Games, a developer and publisher of online games, announced that the company has received a multimillion-dollar investment from Korean gaming powerhouse NCSOFT, leading the way on Molten’s Series A funding.

“Molten Games has assembled a wildly talented and experienced team, and we absolutely believe they will create and run an amazing new game experience,” said Taek Jin Kim, CEO at NCSOFT. “They’re setting the bar high for themselves, with a strong desire to shake up the online gaming space by creating something new and unique in our industry.”

Molten Games is centered in San Diego, California. Focused on breaking free from the traditional developer/publisher relationship and putting gameplay first and foremost, the company is continuing to build its talented team and first product, with more information about the game to be released at a later date.

“We created Molten Games in order to truly have control over our game development and IP, and we’re going to create something epic,” said Jungwon Hahn, CEO and co-founder of Molten Games. “Our team understands not only the creation of online games, but the ongoing management of them, better than anyone else in the industry. As we continue to build our team and work on our initial product, gameplay and player experience is going to come first with every decision.”

For more information about the company, please visit http://www.moltengames.com.

About Molten Games, Inc.

Molten Games, Inc. is a developer of premium online video games based in sunny San Diego. Powered by a team of top creative talent from companies including Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Online Entertainment and Relic Entertainment, Molten Games is breaking the traditional developer/publisher mold in order to put gameplay and player experience first and foremost. Molten Games is backed by a multimillion-dollar Series A investment from NCSOFT.

About NCSOFT

NCSOFT, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Aion, Lineage, Lineage 2 and Blade & Soul. With offices in North America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan etc, NCSOFT aims at providing fun to everyone, everywhere in the world. More information can be found at www.ncsoft.com.

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