Sony has today announced it's signed a new "strategic partnership" with South Korean publisher NCSOFT, which has put out games like Guild Wars and Blade & Soul. The deal allows the two firms to "collaborate in various global business fields, including mobile", with NCSOFT employing more than 5,000 people worldwide.

A press release explains: "The two companies are evaluating a range of potential opportunities with an aim to foster strategic synergy, leveraging NCSOFT’s technological prowess and SIE’s global leadership in the entertainment field." Jim Ryan said: "Partnering with NCSOFT advances our strategy to expand beyond console and broaden PlayStation’s reach to a wider audience. Like SIE, NCSOFT shares a similar vision in creating high-quality, impactful entertainment experiences for players everywhere, and together we’re excited to collaborate to push the boundaries of gaming further.”

Just over a year ago, it was reported Sony is making a Horizon MMO for smartphones with the help of NCSOFT. Now this deal has been made official, it appears likely such a project is in development.