If you were skeptical about NCsoft’s Q1 financial report and its confidence about still managing to get Throne and Liberty out the door in 2021, then pat yourself on the back: The game has been delayed into 2023. Of course, this is just one of many delays since the game was originally announced back in 2011 as Lineage Eternal.
According to Ruliweb, which kindly posted its translation of NCsoft’s Q2 2022 conference call, the company has bumped the global launch for T&L off to 2023 as it’s “discussing the best timing and partner for strategic overseas expansion from a strategic point of view” – an apparent nod to reports this week that it’s actually negotiating with Amazon as a western publisher, though it doesn’t expressly mention Amazon and instead refers to “several” potential partners. Apparently, testing is still ongoing internally with over 3000 people, though that’ll expand to incorporate a broader audience “soon.” Analysts asked NCsoft about Throne and Liberty’s business model as well, but NCsoft will say only that it will “avoid excessive pay-to-win.”
NCsoft also says it’s plotting four new global titles for next year, including Blade & Soul S and Project R (neither is an MMO), with additional titles in 2024. Aion 2, the console-based Project M, and an “oriental MMORPG” dubbed Project E are also on deck. And just in case that’s a little too much good news for you, NCsoft talks up its Web 3.0/NFT strategy with Lineage W.
As for the investor report itself, NCsoft is currently weathering a 20% drop in revenues for the quarter when compared to Q2 2021, owing to the “stabilization of Lineage W and decline in Lineage 2M sales.” Yep, mobile can shrink as quickly as it blows up. There’s a bit more good news for western MMO players buried in here though, as NCsoft is crowing about Guild Wars 2’s End of Dragons, which in spite of launching in Q1 propelled the company’s PC segment to a 3% quarter-over-quarter revenue increase in Q2 as well (and represented one of Guild Wars 2’s best quarters in years following several other big-for-GW2 quarters). In other words, it’s pretty clear why ArenaNet is working on another expansion.
• NCsoft Q2 2022: Throne and Liberty delayed to 2023, Aion 2 in dev, Guild Wars 2 booming
• NCsoft Q1 2022: Revenues rise thanks to Lineage W and Guild Wars 2, Throne and Liberty arriving this year
• NCsoft Q4 2021: Guild Wars 2 did great, but Lineage W drove revenues
• NCsoft Q3 2021: Guild Wars 2 just had its best quarter in years
• NCsoft Q1 2021: Overall revenues are down 30%, but Guild Wars 2 is perking up
• NCsoft Q4 2020: Aion Classic was a huge success, Guild Wars 2 improves on 2019
• NCsoft Q3 2020: Guild Wars 2 just had its best revenue quarter in two years
• NCsoft Q4 2019: It was a rough quarter for MMORPGs, especially Guild Wars 2
• NCsoft Q3 2019: Another flat financial quarter as NCsoft pumps money into NCWest
• NCsoft Q2 2019: Guild Wars 2 may be eyeing a mobile version (again)
• NCsoft 4Q 2018: Mobile made almost twice as much as all NCsoft’s other MMOs combined
• NCsoft Q3 2018: NCsoft sales continue downward slide while online PC sales trend up
• NCsoft Q3 2018: Aion, Blade & Soul, Guild Wars 2 revenues dip, while NCsoft teases three new titles
• NCsoft Q2 2018: Revenues for all NCsoft MMORPGs are down in Q1 2018 except… Aion?
• NCsoft Q1 2018: NCsoft has hired 1000 employees in the past few years, considers VR and ARG titles
• NCsoft Q4 2017: Guild Wars resurges as Blade & Soul and Lineage M drive profits
• NCsoft Q3 2017: Lineage M drives record profits, Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire isn’t too shabby either
• NCsoft Q2 2017: Guild Wars 2 drops to new all-time low, Blade and Soul heads to console
• NCsoft Q1 2017: Tumbles for Lineage, Guild Wars 2, plus new leadership for Lineage Eternal
• NCsoft 4Q 2016: Record sales, WildStar’s fate, Lineage Eternal launch
• NCsoft Q3 2016: Declines for WildStar, Guild Wars 2, and Blade & Soul
• NCsoft Q2 2016: WildStar up, Guild Wars 2 down
• NCsoft Q1 2016: Blade & Soul is booming, WildStar is tumbling
• NCsoft Q4 2015: Sales surge for Guild Wars 2, bump for WildStar
• NCsoft Q3 2015: Guild Wars 2, WildStar, all sales dip downward [Updated]
• NCsoft Q2 2015: Guild Wars 2 is up, WildStar is down
• NCsoft Q1: Growth for Guild Wars 2, further deflation for WildStar
• NCsoft Q4 2014: NCsoft financials paint a grim picture for WildStar