Korean publisher Webzen has announced the signing of an exclusive worldwide publishing and distribution agreement for the debut MMO title from Red 5 Studios, a company established by three former key World of Warcraft development staff.
Red 5 Studios, one of several new development studios established by ex-Blizzard employees with a wealth of online, multiplayer and MMO development experience, was founded last year and immediately began work on the creation of a new MMO game for the next generation hardware platforms.
âWebzen and Red 5 Studios share the same vision and passion to create next generation online games that can successfully suit the tastes and demands of gamers worldwide,â commented Nam Ju Kim, Webzen CEO. âWe are confident that projects such as these will help Webzen reach its goal of becoming a top global online games publisher.â
âWebzen offers the optimal environment for developing games, with its world-class technology and overall expertise in online game entertainment,â added Mark Kern, Red 5 Studios' president and CEO. âWebzen is becoming a huge force in the global online games marketplace. Their commitment and determination partnered with our unique game concept is a winning combination for a blockbuster title.â
Little is known about the game at present, and no details have been revealed with regard to an anticipated completion or release date for the game. The company recently announced the licensing of Offset Software's next generation Offset Engine, which the company will be demonstrating at the forthcoming Game Developers Conference in March, and further information on the new game may well be disclosed at that time.
The Red 5 agreement marks the second global publishing deal for Webzen, who acquired the worldwide license for All Points Bulletin (APB), the latest from Grand Theft Auto creator David Jones and scheduled for release on both PC and Xbox 360. No specific platform information has been disclosed to date for Red 5 Studios' title.