EVE Online Making Its Way to Japan
Japanese release to come later this month.
CCP Games and Nexon Co., Ltd. announced today that they will be bringing a localized Japanese version of CCP's MMO science-fiction game EVE Online to Japan later this month on March 29th. Bringing the release to Japan in a full localized version is part of CCP Game's aim to draw in more players.
In their partnership, CCP Games would be responsible for development of EVE Online itself as well as gameplay-related customer support, while Nexon will take care of billing needs, local marketing, and PR services within the region. This announcement to bring EVE Online to Japan comes a week after their previous announcement of reaching a partnership with online game operator TianCity to bring EVE Online to mainland China.
Currently running with more than 400,000 subscribers, EVE Online is the only MMO to have grown every year in the past eight years since its launch, with CCP creating offices in Reykjavik, Shanghai, Atlanta, and Newcastle, UK to handle the growth and the success. CCP Games also has two new games in development, DUST 514 and World of Darkness.
"For years we’ve looked forward to the day when we could bring a fully Japanese EVE experience to our loyal and enthusiastic audience in Japan," said Hilmar Pétursson, CEO, CCP. "Thanks to our partnership with Nexon, that day is about to arrive. Nexon’s solid reputation and enormous reach in the region makes them the ideal partner for our Japanese launch."
"With EVE Online, CCP has created a gaming experience like no other,” said Seung-Woo Choi, CEO of Nexon. “We're confident that the Japanese version will attract legions of new players ready to take their part in the endlessly unfolding drama of the EVE universe."
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