NCsoft Announces E3 Lineup, Euthanizes Auto Assault

July 3, 2007

With this year’s hotly anticipated E3 media throw down less than 550,000 seconds away, companies have begun to announce which titles they plan to bring to the shindig, including NCsoft, which just sent over a list that includes the company’s 2008 MMO Aion, as well as the upcoming Guild Wars expansion Eye of the North, and the free to download multiplayer title Dungeon Runners.

The MMO heavy portfolio will also see the latest version of Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa, which has been in closed beta testing since May and is set for launch this fall.

The news confirms that neither Lineage II nor City of Heroes/Villains content will play any role in the company’s presence at E3. Nor will Auto Assault, as developer NetDevil announced earlier today that NCsoft has opted to pull the plug on the vehicle based MMO, with the game effectively making its last lap on August 31.

Wrote a brief statement on the Auto Assault website:

“Today NCsoft is announcing that it will be closing down service for Auto Assault at the end of the summer. The service will close at midnight on August 31, 2007. As of today, any player currently in the service with an active billed account will not be billed again. If players have previously purchased time via multi-month billing or time cards that extends their service past July 31, NCsoft will reconcile these accounts appropriately. There will be more announcements coming soon regarding the shut down of Auto Assault and its impact on current accounts.”