Cologne, Germany – 17 th August, 2011 – NCsoft®, the premier global leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, staked its claim to the future of online gaming with some of the most innovative entertainment properties at gamescom , the world’s largest tradeshow for interactive games and entertainment. NCsoft revealed one of the best kept secrets for the show, WildStar™, its latest MMO, with a polished three-act playable build on the day of the announcement, unheard of in the video game industry. The company also showcased a new playable build from the highly anticipated Guild Wars 2® featuring several new races, professions and Player vs. Player combat. Attendees at gamescom can experience the magic on the show floor in the NCsoft booth (A11/B10, Hall 9.1).
“ WildStar and Guild Wars 2 showcase the innovation coming from NCsoft’s development studios, paving the way for the next generation of videogames and setting a high bar for the entertainment industry to follow,” said Matt Turetzky, executive vice-president of publishing for NCsoft West. “We are focused on delighting players by delivering fun, immersive experiences that rival traditional forms of entertainment through personal expression, best-in-class gameplay mechanics, and social engagement.”
Developed by NCsoft’s Southern California-based Carbine Studios, WildStar offers epic high adventure, where players make their mark as Explorers, Soldiers, Scientists or Settlers and lay claim to a mysterious planet on the edge of known space. WildStar’s iconic visual style and “Momentum Mechanics” immerse players in a deep world stacked with content, challenges and rewards that respond to the play style choices of individual players. Depending on a combination of faction, race, class and path, WildStar will present gamers with unending surprises, mini-quests and challenges, ensuring that their experiences are fun and fresh.
Since winning Online Game of the Year at gamescom 2010, ArenaNet® revealed several new elements of the highly anticipated Guild Wars 2 including the Engineer profession, dungeons and underwater areas of the world. This year at gamescom 2011, NCsoft and ArenaNet give players the opportunity to get hands-on with several new and exciting aspects of the game including an encounter with an Undead Dragon boss, Player vs. Player combat, character appearance customisation as well as a glimpse into the charr starting area and asura and sylvari mid-level content, which are all playable on the show floor.
Assets : The gamescom 2011 Press Kit will be available on http://press.ncsoft.com from when the embargo lifts at 09:15 CEST (08:15 BST) on Wednesday 17 th August. The kit contains artwork, screenshots, videos, information and biographies for WildStar and Guild Wars 2.
For more information about NCsoft’s presence at gamescom, please visit http://eu.ncsoft.com/en-gb/events/gamescom_2011.html.
NCsoft, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Aion®, Lineage®, Guild Wars®, and City of Heroes® franchises. Announced in August 2011, WildStar™ is the newest MMO being developed by internal team Carbine Studios. NCsoft West is a division of NCsoft that holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. More information can be found at http://www.ncsoft.com.
Please contact Ravi Vijh on the NCsoft trade stand at gamescom or on +44 (0) 7753 229236 or Charlotte Le Rougetel in the UK on +44 (0) 20 7421 7600 or +44 (0)7703 582107.