SINGAPORE : In what's seen as a boost for online gaming in Southeast Asia, Korean gaming giant NCsoft Corporation will be hosting, for the first time, its latest "Multiplayer Online Game" in the Philippines.
The company has sealed a US$5.5 million deal with games distributor Asian Media Development Group.
This will likely pave the way for more major games developers to choose this region to host their online games.
Lineage 2, The Chaotic Throne is an AAA game. That means it's a major production, similar to Hollywood blockbusters like Lord of the Rings and Spiderman. So it's no surprise the Lineage franchise has a subscriber base of 14 million gamers worldwide.
And so its really coming in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia. It is about time because there are countless gamers, both L2 and non-L2 fans who are waiting for this game for years!! Many wonders why NCsoft only recently decided to give us South-East Asians our own server.
This also sealed the South-East Asian region on the online gaming market map, for many years we all but felt ignored by these giant online game developers. In fact, not just us but the Australians and New Zealand gamers as well, in some popular guild sites like the Holy Order of the Light, Australians have told their friends and guild allies that they will migrate to Lineage II - South-East Asia once it is out.
I guess this is a strong message to NCsoft, extend L2-SEA to the Autralians and New Zealand gamers! I know how they feel, it is so very hard to play on a server with a timezone that is on the other side of the world, L2-SEA is their best choice, and not only that, the Australians and New Zealand gamers will feel at home together with the South-East Asians.
So NCsoft? Do consider this seriously.
Read the rest of Channel News Asia's report about Lineage II - South-East Asia by clicking here.
Or watch this video courtesy of CNA: L2-SEA Interview.