Everybody saw NCsoft’s financials last month, I’m sure – Guild Wars 2 bouncing back thanks to Path of Fire, Lineage M driving revenue, and Blade & Soul outperforming almost everything, pretty good news all around.
What we didn’t cover was the associated conference call and Q&A, which has only recently been fully transcribed in English and has a few nuggets worth highlighting
- CFO Jae-Soo Yoon told listeners the company is working on 13 new titles, of which the largest are Blade & Soul II, Aion Tempest, and Lineage II Mobile, all mobile titles, and Project TL for PC.
- To make those happen, the company’s hired “around 1000” new employees over the last two years. One analyst was skeptical about those numbers, suggesting that NCsoft is overspending on labor compared to an unnamed smaller company launching far more games; Yoon counters with some polite shade by suggesting NCsoft is going to for quality over quantity.
- Yoon also explains that NCsoft won’t limit itself to just MMOs on mobile. “In addition to the MMO games that we are developing, we are also developing games that will be using virtual reality or maybe augmented reality type of technology.”
- Project TL, formerly known as Lineage Eternal, is “going very smoothly” right now; a test phase this year may be possible.
- Regarding the Japanese and western markets, NCsoft plans to “develop content that is most fitting or maybe custom-made for those local markets” with “internal development teams in these locations.”