Last night Flying Lab Software announced that they will be holding a joint press release soon to cover the details of the deal. But as it stands now, Sony Online Entertainment's Platform Publishing will be the publisher for Flying Lab's upcoming game, Pirates of the Burning Sea.
Pirates of the Burning Sea will be published in partnership with Sony Online Entertainment’s Platform Publishing. This is an important deal for Flying Lab Software and we know how passionate our community is about this issue. So before you start posting your thoughts on our forums, let me share how this particular arrangement differs from publishing deals you may have read about in the past.
So what is “Platform Publishing”? It’s a partnership program in which SOE and an independent developer work together to release a game. It’s very different from SOE’s main publishing efforts, where they develop the games internally (i.e. Everquest 2, Star Wars: Galaxies). Instead the developer makes the game, SOE publishes it, and together we divvy up the various responsibilities.
Here is the breakdown:
Flying Lab Software
- Game Development
- Customer Support
- Server Operations
Sony Online Entertainment
- Retail Distribution
For those of you familiar, this is a similar deal to what Sigil Games signed with SoE for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes(Note: This is not the buyout of Sigil I speak of - it's the publishing deal signed over a year ago), as well as the agreement with Perpetual Entertainment regarding Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising. This also means Pirates of the Burning Sea will be part of the Station Access Pass.
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