Well, Blow Me Down!

Posted: June 26, 2007 by Kendricke in SOE, The Gaming Industry

This little news flash courtesty of Scott Jennings over at Broken Toys:

SOE has signed on to publish Pirates of the Burning Seas.  YARRR!

The quick summary points:

  • It’s SOE Platform Publishing
  • Flying Labs retains all rights to the title, the game, design, community, server ops, customer support.
  • SOE only handles distribution channels, billing, launcher, and localization issues.
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea will be added to All Access Pass.
  • Pirates will be at FanFaire.

In the FAQ, they address concerns about whether or not SOE will be able to pull an NGE on Pirates, whether or not SOE will buy out Flying Labs as they did with Sigil, and whether or not SOE are really a bunch of aliens in disguise looking to take control of the world one MMO developer at a time.

Overall, it looks like a good deal all around.  I’m pretty excited about seeing Pirates on Access Pass myself. 

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Comments
  1. Pixie Styx says:

    glad they got distribution sorted out, I’m looking forward to splicing some main braces and swashing my buckle out on the high seas … hopefully the negative bubble that surrounds soe wont put to many people off. This game defernatly deserves to be a big success.

  2. Amber says:

    This seems to be a much different deal all around than the Sigil deal, and Flying Labs seems to be in a much more stable position. As FL says in their FAQ, SOE has distribution down cold. It looks to be the beginnings of a very successful partnership for both parties, and it will give SOE the opportunity to show the world that all it touches really doesn’t turn to poo.

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