Yesterday, NCsoft revealed its financial records for the year 2010. Amazingly, the company’s first title, Lineage 1, managed a record number of sales in its 12 years’ history. The final earnings for Lineage 1 in 2010 is around USD 160 million. Lineage 1 manage to succeed in the rather competitive and saturated MMO market due to its user-centric researches, continuously updating the game content and listening to what the players want. In total, global sales for Lineage 1, Lineage 2 and Aion Online earned NCsoft around USD 2.5 billion.
For 2011, NCsoft confirmed a release for Blade N Soul (Korea only I think) and Guild Wars 2. I guess it is a no-brainer, since these 2 are the most anticipated games on a global scale.
NCsoft has certainly grown over the past 12 years and from its initial 10 employees. While reports are pointing towards TERA beating the likes of Aion and Blade N Soul, the fact is Bluehole Studio only has 1 game in its arsenal. In a business sense, it is better to occupy the 2nd, 3rd and 4th spot (and so on) rather than just a number 1. With that said, click here to read more on NCsoft’s news.