CCP and Nexon have announced an agreement to bring a fully localized game client, as well as product services for EVE Online, to Japan this fall.
According to the press release, localized services for Japanese players will “enable them to access the game in their native language through the Tranquility server,” which currently boasts over 350,000 subscribers from around the world in three languages: English, German and Russian.
“Japanese players have always been an essential part of the EVE Online community,” said CCP CEO, Hilmar Veigar Petursson. “Having considered Nexon’s excellent reputation as Asia’s leading game developer and publisher, they were the obvious choice in who the best possible partner would be to help us make the game more accessible to our growing fan base in Japan.”
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to be a part of CCP’s ongoing plans to provide premium services to their subscribers,” said Seung-Woo Choi, Nexon Co., Ltd. “Our shared commitment to quality and excellence is the ultimate cornerstone from which to build an even greater gaming experience for Japanese video game enthusiasts.”
While CCP will continue to develop and manage the game, EVE Online will be added through Nexon’s portal site.
With the release of EVE Online on PC later this year, and the upcoming DUST 514 shooter on PS3 in 2012, Japanese players will have localized access to the “complete EVE universe ecosystem.”