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Official Site: Blade & Soul
Studio: NCsoft
Launch Date: Western ETA Q1 2016
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid Free-to-play
Platform: PC

Omeed Dariani takes new post directing the community for NCsoft

Omeed Dariani, who resigned from SOE back in September before the studio’s buyout and big transition to Daybreak Games, is back working with the community in the gaming sector in a new position. Dariani announced via Twitter that as of yesterday he is the Director of Community and Social for NCsoft, whose stable of games includes Guild Wars 2, Aion, WildStar, and Blade & Soul.

Dariani’s departure from SOE was in protest over what he stated was a lack of support from his immediate supervisors for the community-first structures that were already established for the Landmark and EverQuest Next titles.

[Source: Twitter]

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One Shots: A new hope

Welcome back to One Shots, Massively OP’s weekly salute to excellent and interesting player screenshots! It feels good to be in our new home and able to post larger pics.

When we sounded the evacuation alarm from Massively, I forgot to rescue the remainder player screenshots from our One Shots email account. Fortunately, our EIC Bree was of a much more sound mind and grabbed them for me so that we could bring them over to the new site with the continuation of this column.

Our very first screenshot here is from longtime reader Dirty Klingon, who snapped this pic in Final Fantasy XIV: “My bro is a 1337 pro top d4wg, and when I play he runs me through dungeons. During one such dungeon run, I caught a duo-selfie with him, which he absolutely hates.”

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NCsoft financials paint a grim picture for WildStar

The good news for fans of NCsoft’s game catalogue is that the company as a whole is doing well. The most recent earnings report was released today, and it shows an increase in income compared to the same timeframe last year as well as stable figures for nearly all of its games. Lineage and Lineage II continue to do well, while Guild Wars 2, Aion, and Blade & Soul all maintain respectable profits for the company. And Lineage Eternal is still slated for beta this year, with launch moved from 2017 to 2016 (there’s something that never happens).

You might notice that the company’s most recent launch, WildStar, is not on that list. And that’s because it’s continued to go down in sales, dropping from nearly $15 million in sales during Q3 2014 to only $5 million during Q4 2014. This places the game precariously close to the threshold where City of Heroes fell when it was shut down, making the future of Nexus seem that much more uncertain. You can check out the full financials yourself if you’d like. If you’d rather just play the game, you can do that too: There’s a new 10-day trial on offer.

[Source: NCsoft earnings release; thanks to dirtyklingon for the tip.]

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