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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DPandaren
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DPandaren

ElMutharino ColdinT Fuck that, it looks more like Ratchet and Clank. Even the animations scream an Insomniac game.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

Hravik Well, it’s 20 bucks at Best Buy right now.

Hravik
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Hravik

My hangup on trying a game like Wildstar is the initial box cost.  I have no problems with a sub, in fact I ever prefer it, but that up front cost makes me pause.  It isn’t even that I can’t pay for it, its that I’ve paid full retail for so many MMOs at this point, only to have them suck..I just won’t do it anymore.

I’d love a reversal of the buy to play model.  No box cost with a sub.  Paying for expansions would be fine as well, as by then you’d have an opinion on if it was worth it.  I’d be so much more willing to try some of these games with I only had to throw $15 bucks at it to try it out.

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VikkiV

I was interested in this game. Lorewise, I liked it but the more I heard about the gameplay the more it turned me off. It being pay to play at the time didn’t help either. Who knows maybe it’ll still be around. I recall The Secret World was in a bad position too and it’s still around and kicking.

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deganderson

I had a look at the 10 day trial that they offer. We used to play and wouldn’t mind having a look again. There’s a huge list with restrictions however that made me decide not to bother. I really start to doubt that they understand how stickiness in mmo’s works. They cut off guild membership for the trial so I cannot chat with my old guildies yet if there would be one thing that could pull me back in it would be contact with enthusiastic players. Lots of other social features are disabled. Turn those things on! Your players are your best advertisers, I don’t get it. I guess they worry about gold spammers, like they will show up in an empty game.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

TronSheridan a lot of us truied making a case. But the devs only had eyes for the “HARDKOARS” who had spoent the last 5 years on every MMo forum bitching about how kiddie every game was.

devin007
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devin007

ElMutharino I bought the game played through beta and didn’t play a single day of my free month,

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AvatarOP

don’t think wildstar is done for.

yes, they made huuuuge design mistakes. and definitely didn’t implement their lore properly.

but behind all those rubbles, there is a damn fine gameplay and an amazing new IP to discover.

I just hope they can continuously keep bridging the gaps (ahem, canyon) and make this game what it can be. for it can.

Drakani
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Drakani

:( Oh man. I really hoped WildStar would do well. A lot of people dumped their heart and souls into making this game, and I really feel for them. I was hoping this would be my new MMO, but it didn’t grab me. (Though changing the FOV so it didn’t visually overwhelm me and give me a headache after an hour bought it another month with me.) I made it to level 25 or so, and I really did like the guild I was in, but… I just stopped logging in. I’m not sure why. I do like the art style, and I thought it was a fun game, if somewhat stressful whenever I heard “challenge begins!” while killing things.  I haven’t logged in for months, but I’ve still kept the subscription just because they have my support if not my interest at the moment.

TronSheridan
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TronSheridan

This is what happens when to turn off 90% of your customer base by alienating them away from your game.  I played ALL through beta.  I tried to make my case to them.  It’s all I could do.  They ignore myself and MANY others, who were all sitting on the sidelines as launch just waiting for the bottom to fall out of this game…which it did.  Really sad for everyone involved.  The devs.  The mmo consumers.  The studio.  (sigh)