NCSoft reported their quarterly earnings. The biggest surprise? Lineage 1 and Guild Wars 2 are pretty close in overall sales.
Of course that’s not totally fair, seeing as how GW2 just came out, uses the B2P model, and had a ridiculously huge marketing budget, while Lineage 1 is ancient, a ‘forced-group’ PvP MMO, and likely no one reading this blog has ever really played it (spoiler alert: it was pretty good back in the day). I’m sure in the coming quarters GW2 will continue to kill it, while L1 will finally die, once and for all showing us that an MMO only has a certain life span, and that hardcore PvP MMOs can never work.
/sarcasm off – Pretty surprised by GW2’s performance, considering how front-loaded it is and the amount of money and resources that went into making/marketing it. It will also be interesting to see how steep the drop is next quarter. I can’t imagine NCSoft would be happy with GW1-level success considering the investment made.