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Guild Wars 2

Postby [Prey] » Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:51 pm

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After hearing recent news of NCsoft's lay-offs/restructuring at their European studio, it may not come as a surprise that their latest financial report for Q4 2008 is showing a 22% net income loss compared to Q4 2007 even though sales were up 11%. This loss was attributed to higher marketing costs for the quarter. Their overall 2008 net profits plummeted 40% compared to 2007. The high quarterly marketing costs probably had a lot to do with their Korean release of Aion, which accounted for 3% of their overall sales by games in 2008.

What does this mean for fans anxiously anticipating the release of Guild Wars 2? It means you'll have to wait a while longer. According to an anonymous source and ex-NCsoft employee, the company is heavily focused on both Aion and GW2 right now. After a successful launch in Korea, NCsoft plans to release Aion in Japan and Taiwan in Q3 2009 and in the US and Europe in Q4 2009. With such a strong Aion push in 2009, it seems to leave little room for GW2 in the calendar year. Their strong dedication to each title might explain why GW2 was pushed into 2010-2011 when many fans were hoping for a 2009 launch. Given the marketing costs of promoting Aion in Korea, it would be quite a financial burden to promote both titles simultaneously around the world.


(Apologies to Mantis for not bumping his original March 2007 thread)
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Postby Mantis » Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:53 pm

Damnit, I was at least expecting some good details like a video or at least some screenshots. Damn you Prey! You remade the thread and offered nothing whatsoever! DAMN YOU TO HELL. :cry:

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Postby gpa-gone-west » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:44 pm

Oh bollocks, I was hoping to see this sometime this year. I have played GW1 and all the add-ons to death.

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Postby Rusty » Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:59 pm

It gives me more time to finish all the achievements I can...

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Postby Mantis » Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:42 pm

I long since gave up on GW1 (though Xfire reveals that it had already left it's mark by then) when I realised that the only thing I had left to do was grind titles because I'd done everything else and had created about 11 characters.

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Postby [Prey] » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:59 am

Guild Wars 2 Video Reveal:

http://www.eurogamer.net/videos/exclusi ... s-2-reveal

And Preview:

Guild Wars 2's switch from an almost entirely instanced game-world, where you would adventure with only your party members, to a persistent, fully-populated one like those in more conventional MMOs, is the driving force behind most of the changes in the gameplay. The quest system, for instance, has been completely overhauled, and will offer something quite different from its competitors. "I think I can safely say that you won't see a single exclamation mark floating above a character's head in Guild Wars 2," claims lead designer Eric Flannum.


http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/guild ... -preview_4

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Postby Mantis » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:00 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock:

Fucking finally. God I am so happy, and it looks so good too.

Back to grinding titles in GW1 it is then.

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Postby Rusty » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:27 pm

Damn, they better hold on as I've just bought WoW :(

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Postby Snowy » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:36 pm

Rusty wrote:Damn, they better hold on as I've just bought WoW :(


It will still be better than GW2, thats my prediction.
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Postby Mantis » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:36 pm

Highly unlikely.

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Postby DjchunKfunK » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:54 pm

The only thing I couldn't get on with in GW was that everything was instanced and so the playing experience was disjointed so I'm glad that GW2 will be one big world ala WoW.

Hopefully they can keep what was good about the original and add to it, plus with no monthly fee I'm on-board.
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Postby Tommy » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:34 pm

Fuck it, I might not bother getting back into WoW, and get into this on the ground floor.

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Postby Solidarity Reg » Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:25 pm

Enjoyed the first one, this looks great.


Now someone explain to me why this isn't being released on consoles? Do NCsoft hate money? o_O

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Postby Jim » Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:00 pm

Because it's an MMO mate.

Imagine playing WoW with a controller, it'd be difficult to say the least.

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