NCsoft’s first quarter financials show Blade & Soul is booming, WildStar is tumbling

    
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Well, crap.

There are good pieces of news from NCsoft‘s first quarter financial report. For one thing, the company’s year-on-year sales, profits, and net income are all up year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter. Q1 2016 was good for the company in that regard. The majority of games in the company’s roster also did quite well for themselves, with Blade & Soul seeing a significant upturn in earnings following the game’s western launch.

On the other hand, if you were hoping for good news about the planet of Nexus… well, WildStar‘s earnings dropped from a high in Q4 2015 to a lower point than the game had hit all through 2015 by a significant margin. Guild Wars 2 and Lineage II both also saw slight downturns, but nothing nearly as severe, while Aion managed to climb above all of its 2015 performance. Take a look at the full report if you’d like to have it broken down in chart format.

Source: Q1 2016 NCsoft financial report; thanks to Leiloni for the tip!
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jeremy2020
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melissaheather don’t forget “Cupcake”

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NCsoft games that I would have played but did not: Wildstar and Blade and Soul because: COH

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ManastuUtakata dorn2 
Except there was a game that was different in this regard.  WoW during the icecrown patch.

1.  You logged in.
2.  You gathered your friends including Bill who has ADD and doesn’t heal.
3.  You queued up the dungeon and crushed it.  Bill didn’t heal much but it was ok.
4.  You got some nice loot.

They messed that up to add LFR.  LFR wasn’t as good as a dungeon but you still got good loot and you could mess around with your friends. They messed that up in WoD of course (look how it worked for them).

That’s why WS could of killed it.  Because there’s this large group that won’t or can’t raid.   A group of people with 4 friends who care about power progression.  They don’t want to try hard they just want to have fun.   WoW is really ruining it for this audience.   WS had the perfect gameplay to steal this crowd but they went for the hardcore.   Except that group is very happy with WoW.  Why would they play Wildstar?

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sray155 ManastuUtakata 
Opinions aside, I’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. And move on from there. :)

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Wildstar development will need to go on the backburner assuming they aren’t killing it entirely.  It’s earning less than City of Heroes did near the end.
It’s going to become a case study as to what went so very wrong from a promising title.

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ManastuUtakata sray155 Your reasoning is flawed. You can’t compare the first quarter of a high profile, long anticipated launch against a two year old game just because they happened at the same time: Wildstar’s first quarter was also its highest revenue by far. Blade & Soul may very well suffer the same long term drop that Wildstar did. You could probably start making a reasonable comparison by Q3 2016, once the shine is off the apple, but Blade & Soul is a novelty for the Western market as Wulin games have had practically zero mainstream exposure prior to now; that novelty factor could carry them for some time, but its too early to tell.

Wildstar is more of the heavily emphasized vertical progression, time consuming gear treadmill that is tired. The “get to max level as fast as you can so you can raid” design of Wildstar is the epitome of the WoW clone. Housing, costuming, hover boards, and active combat are all just a new coat of paint on same old toy, and plenty of others are using the same paint on their stuff also: Wildstar doesn’t offer anything particularly unique to the market. They’re a Carl’s Jr in neighborhood that already has a McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and a Jack In The Box: it may be very well done menu, but at the end of the day it’s just another burger joint, and people are just really sick of burger joints.

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Winterfresh Grimmtooth Slythetic Just like Champions Online had a huge resurgence? Only Marvel or DC games would have benefited from the super hero cinematic craze. 

Nothing at the end could have saved City of Heroes.

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sray155 
By this argument, B&S should be doing worse in the West then WS currently. And BDO should be just scraping by. Neither of those games are even remotely close to that reality. So claiming WS is WoW in space (when it’s actually more GW2 in space with personal housing) as the reason gets really hollow after awhile. Because martial arts WoW and sandbox fantasy WoW are doing better, demonstrates that being WoW like is not really the issue here. Just saying.

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Silvercat18 Why

voydd
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Steam will save it