NCSoft Has A Down Q3, As Pandemic Boost Expires And Blade & Soul 2 Fails To Inspire

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NCSoft has disclosed is financials for Q3 2021, and the Korean writer and developer might be not too proud of the outcomes. General gross sales declined for the fourth straight quarter, reaching their lowest mark since Q3 2019. There are a couple of extenuating circumstances at play — cellular hit Lineage 2M launched in This autumn 2019, and the pandemic boosted just about all online game firms final yr — however there’s possible some strain on the corporate to reverse its downslide and to do it rapidly.

Some aid may come within the type of Blade & Soul 2, which launched in Korea in the course of the quarter for PC and cellular units, although it is solely listed within the cellular video games part of the monetary report — and it was hardly a breakout hit, managing lower than 1/6 the gross sales of the 2 Lineage cellular titles. Its predecessor’s UE4 replace arrived in September, close to the tip of the quarter, which led to a meager bump in its quarterly numbers.

PC video games generally went by way of a second straight quarter with gross sales hovering across the 100 billion received mark, down from the 120 billion that they had realized over the earlier three quarters. Blade & Soul 2 on PC would possibly assist with that, as ought to the upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion. Even with the enlargement delayed, GW2 noticed important upward momentum, up 20% in income over the earlier quarter and its highest mark since Q3 2018.

You possibly can view NCSoft’s monetary information on its Investors Relations page.

Jason Winter

Jason Winter, Information Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a variety of expertise to MMOBomb, together with two years with Beckett Media the place he served because the editor of the main gaming journal Huge On-line Gamer. He has additionally written professionally for a number of gaming web sites.

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