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NCSOFT Creates a New Future with Never-ending Challenges.

With the critically acclaimed launch of Lineage, Korea’s first highly popularized internet-based online game, as well as our other outstanding titles like Lineage 2, Aion, Blade & Soul, Guild Wars, and Guild Wars 2, NCSOFT stands at the core of the global online game market.

And to bring even more fun beyond the online world, NCSOFT also established the 9th team to join the Korean Baseball League – the NC Dinos!

NCSOFT continues to challenge itself in ever-growing ways and advance as a leading global entity. Through extensive research and development, and continued worldwide expansion, it strives to create a better, brighter and more enjoyable future.

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Milestone History Awards
  • 199.7Established NCSOFT Corporation
1998.9Launched Lineage
Opened a new era for online games with widespread popularity. Lineage was the first Korean internet-based graphics MUD (Multi User Dungeon) game. After 10 years, it still appeals to a mass audience and is the standard for Korean online games.
2000.5Started Global Network
This company began growing into a global online game company by establishing networks in the United States (2000), Japan (2001), China/Taiwan (2003), and Europe/Thailand (2004).
2000.7Started Global Services
Began servicing Lineage in Taiwan (2000). This was first time in Korean online game history that a Korean game was serviced overseas. Provided the first evidence that online gaming in Korea could become a part of the export industry.
2003.10Launched Lineage Ⅱ
LineageⅡ caught the world’ s attention by combining outstanding 3D graphics with Lineage-style gameplay to create Korea’ s first blockbuster online game.
2005.4Launched Guild Wars
Acquired ArenaNet (game development studio, US) in 2002. Guild Wars quickly evolved into a huge success. To date, it has sold more than five-million units worldwide.
This also helped to open up North American and European markets for NCSOFT.
2008.5Established the NCSOFT R&D Center
The NCSOFT R&D Center was located in Samsung-dong, Seoul. It offered the ultimate environment for research and
development, and provided yet another important element for the NCSOFT global plant.
2008.11Launched Aion
Aion : The Tower of Eternity is a stunning MMORPG that has won the "Best Korean Game of the Year", which Lineage and Lineage Ⅱhave achieved in the past. Within its successful launch, Aion created new records in MMORPG history.
2009Global launch of Aion
Opened services in China (April), Japan/Taiwan (July), North America/ Europe (September), and Russia (December).
2010.12Launched N service in Korea
N service launched with the objective of providing more benefits to the customers through mileage systems and customer VIP systems.
2011.3Established NC Dinos
NC Dinos is Korea's ninth professional baseball team, based in Changwon. NC Dinos plan to take part in activities that generate positive influences and create hopes and dreams to the socially less fortunate individuals.
2012.6Launched Blade & Soul
Blade & Soul combined never before experienced innovative technology and Asian martial arts together, to form this massively multiplayer online game.
2012.8Launched Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars sold over 7 million units worldwide and its successor, Guild Wars 2, was released with enhanced combats and created a fun experience.
2014.6Launched WildStar in North America and Europe
2015.10Launched Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thrones, the first expansion to Guild Wars 2
2016.1Launched Blade & Soul in North America and Europe
2016.12Launched Lineage Red Knights in 12 countries in Asia
2017.6Launched MXM in North America and Europe
2017.6Launched Lineage M in Korea