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Civilization Online coming to Asian market from Take-Two Interactive

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A screenshot from Civilization 5, the latest entry in the series
A screenshot from Civilization 5, the latest entry in the series

Civilization Online, an entirely new massively multiplayer, online-only game for the Asian market, is in development by South Korea's XLGames with the help of series creator Firaxis Games, Take-Two officials announced this morning.

The project is being headed up by South Korean game developer Jake Song, who formerly developed a number of online titles for NCSoft including Lineage.

Song and a team of more than 100 people in Seoul are designing the game from the ground up, according to this morning's press release.

"Over the last four years, we have been focused on creating an ambitious portfolio of online and social games with some of the most revered companies in Asia such as Tencent in China, Nexon Korea Corporation and XLGAMES in Korea, Gree and CyberAgent in Japan," Hubert Larenaudie, president of Take-Two Asia, said in a prepared statement. "The consumer response for NBA 2K All Stars and NBA 2K Online has been very encouraging. With the upcoming releases of Pro Baseball 2K and Civilization Online, Take-Two is uniquely positioned to delight gamers throughout Asia."

Civilization Online is the latest online game created through Take-Two partnerships for Asia. Other's include NBA 2K Online, developed by 2K Sports and Tencent Games for China; NBA 2K All-Stars, a mobile social game available through Gree and Pro Baseball 2K, an online baseball game created by 2K Sports and Nexon for the Korean market.

"Making our intellectual property available to delight consumers wherever they are is an important component of our long-term growth strategy," Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two, said in a prepared statement. "Our online and mobile social projects in Asia are enabling Take-Two to further broaden its global footprint and captivate audiences across a myriad of screens, platforms and business models. If successful, these projects will enhance our core business with revenue and profit streams that are higher margin and more stable over time."