Blade & Soul 11

The latest financial report from NCSoft is in the wild, and there’s a lot of movement, especially among its free-to-play titles with strong presences in the West — some good, some less so.

First, the good news. As might be expected following its NA and EU launch in January, Blade & Soul excelled in the first quarter of 2016 (covering January through March), rising from 32.4 billion Korean won (bKRW) to 54.0 bKRW in sales.

Guild Wars 2 also stayed strong, following its bump during Q4 2015, when the Heart of Thorns expansion launched. Though sales dropped from 37.3 bKRW to 30.6 bKRW, that’s still well above the game’s pre-expansion revenues, which hovered in the 20 bKRW range.

NCSoft Q1 2016 Financials

Then there’s WildStar. Its F2P launch last September helped push it out of oblivion in Q4, but it fell right back down in the hole in Q1, posting its lowest sales quarter since launch. For comparison, its 1.282 bKRW figure is less than half the reported sales (2.855 bKRW) for the last quarter we had any information regarding City of Heroes, five months before its cancellation.

Lineage continues to be the big moneymaker for NCSoft, with Lineage 2 and Aion doing steady business as well. While sales and profits in Q1 were nearly identical to those in Q4, the year-over-year numbers are up considerably. North America and Europe have more than doubled their sales since this time last year, and we’ll see if the momentum from GW2 and Blade & Soul keeps that trend going forward.

You can get a copy of the full financial report on the NCSoft Investors Relations page.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Larry on May 25, 2016

    if u play blade n soul u will get idiot random banned

  2. Nark on May 16, 2016

    Any bets on Wildstar closing before the Steam launch.

  3. voydd on May 16, 2016

    Why so many people want Wildstar die? Shouldn’t we all keep fingers crossed for them to revive this unique title? Why so mean?

  4. ministabber on May 15, 2016

    WildStar shutdown is imminent. The Game Director and Creative Director were both fired right after these financial metrics were announced.

  5. Josh on May 15, 2016

    Had a sub for wild star when it first went live. Cancelled cause of money probs & eventually just went back to wow. After looking at that chart makes me wonder if they are going to make drastic changes or close.

  6. Hasboob on May 15, 2016

    Wildstar will keep dying because the f2p model is really bad :O.

    • elliot on May 17, 2016

      It was dying well before the F2P shift, what are you talking about?

  7. voydd on May 15, 2016

    Steam Jesus Patch will save it.

  8. Smalltalkjava on May 14, 2016

    Curious, why are L2 and Aion so profitable? Are they profitable in the west or just in the east? Is their model different than most other games?

    • Fortegs on May 14, 2016

      Perhaps it’s because they have a presence in both. A lot of people in both markets know Lineage, Aion and Guild wars at this point.

  9. bl00rg on May 13, 2016

    there’s no saving Wildstar when it’s on such shitty engine, the game runs worse than any mmo I’ve ever played, even though I could run it at high, the game was struggling with fps even on low, due to its buggy interface. Doesn’t help that everything else about the game is incredibly generic, and I don’t even remember the intro. Will most likely get closed down either this year, or beggining of next, unless there’s some miracle, which has almost no chance of happening since they laid off most of their staff before f2p transition.

  10. Deathloche on May 13, 2016

    sucks about wildstar. I hate it because I’m a subscriber. I wonder how those players will be compensated if the game is cancelled. I hope they don’t kill the game, but it doesn’t look good.

    • Todoran on May 14, 2016

      why did you sub to that game? just curious?

  11. Buggy on May 13, 2016

    From what I see Wildstar is dead

  12. Koutsu on May 13, 2016

    Shame about wildstar, it’ll get a slight boost with the new class/race combos but doesnt look good for it.