NCsoft Q1: Growth for Guild Wars 2, further deflation for WildStar

    
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All right, the Lopp have some chops here too.

NCsoft‘s first quarter financial report is out, and… you know, let’s start with the good news. Guild Wars 2 is making the company more money, fueled by all of that talk about an expansion pack, so that’s doing quite well. Blade & Soul is also apparently doing fairly well with its addition of a Taiwanese version, at that.

And… yes, that was it for the good news. The company’s net income is down 3% year-on-year, with an expectation that the company will rebound in the next quarter but grim numbers for now. It doesn’t help that WildStar‘s numbers continue to fall, dropping 50% to a bit over $2 million in sales. This continues the downward trend established with the last financial report from the publisher. You can check out the entire financial report on the official corporate site.

Source: NCsoft Corporate; thanks to yeahreally and Clay for the tip!

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ArchDevi
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Sabii I dont think reading is hard, but failing as hard as you just did is certainly migthy difficult

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TitianHero AvatarOP Xomon Very true.  It’s baffling how Wildstat’s devs refused to learn the lessons of the past and see how the MMO market had evolved.  Their clueless conviction that absurd raiding woudl havea  place in the future of the MMO genre after it had finally dragged itself out of that mire was just ridiculous.

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When it comes to Carbine and their attitude with Wildstar i can’t help but bring Edguy’s lyrics to mind:
“Vain glory be my wicked guide”.
Unfortunately they learned the hard way the lesson everyone should know by now: Hardcore players are NOT the majority, on the contrary they are a very small part of the community. They are just (a lot)more vocal.
Too bad, because this had a very interesting concept as a game. It just that the studio’s pride and stubborness is driving this game straight to the mud.

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Nanulak I’m an older folk and loved the twitch playstyle. I just thought endgame was designed to pretty much tell any non-raider to get bent.

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Radfist AdeptusEnginus wjowski But it DIDN’T succeed in the east. It flopped in the east, that’s the point. The brand name was not enough to save it, much less the “IP” similarities. that come with it. Your statement is contradicted by the actual facts of what happened. XIV was an across-the-board failure in every possible way before A Realm Reborn. By your logic 1.0 should have been fantastically received in the east regardless of how bad it was, which is not what happened. The fact that A Realm Reborn even exists is proof of that.

The IP helps, it’s a boon, but it is not a guarantee and it can not save a game that is just not good. This was as true for SWTOR and XIV in the past few years as it was for WAR back in 2008.

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Bannex19

You: “The death of Wildstar will signal the end of large developers investing in a feature rich mmo.” (actual quote, not paraphrasing)

Me:  I believe your opinion is ignorant and uninformed.  I believe this because there are several examples of “large developers investing in a feature rich mmo” recently, and with great success.  Some examples of those MMOs include, but are not limited to: FFXIV, GW2, and TSW. 

What evidence do you present to support your side of the argument?

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sray155 Radfist  I do find it odd how cheap CREDD is to be honest. It is barely a few hours worth of grinding. The conversion of GW2 RL money to in game money on the other hand is insane for the amount of grinding you need to do.

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LeoKing Radfist  Exactly, when it is bought. ie: People paid Carbine for it before this quarter.  Now they are getting no subs because people are dipping into this store of CREDD.  In other words, sub numbers from earlier were probably inflated due to CREDD, and a massive drop specifically in this quarter is fairly unlikely.

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ihatevnecks Radfist  Exactly, Sray gets it. The profit from the CREDD showed up in earlier quarters, when people actually purchased them.  Most players I know don’t subscribe themselves, because it is so easy to buy CREDD.  Obviously CREDD was inflating how popular the game was to begin with.

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AdeptusEnginus Radfist wjowski  The IP gets players in the door. Wildstar had less players to lose. SWTOR got heaps of players to purchase the game and try it. Second only to WoW.  The Final Fantasy name means it would have always been successful in the east, regardless of how it was received over here.