NCSoft Q1 2018 Earnings Report Shows Blade & Soul As Strongest Non-Mobile MMO While Aion Sales Increase

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NCSoft’s quarterly earnings report for Q1 2018 have just been released and while the company’s giant spike in mobile games revenue continues to even out, several MMORPG titles appear to be making a comeback.

Guild Wars 2 sales dropped by 32% in comparison to the previous quarter. This is to be expected considering the stabilization after the success of the Path of Fire expansion in Q4 of 2017. Aion’s sales jumped by 48% which was fueled by the change in monetization scheme. Comparing the sales of NCSoft’s top PC games, Blade & Soul is leading the way as their highest source of income from PC games. As a speculation, this could be the result of the combination of a large number of updates done to Blade & Soul in the recent months and the hype from Blade & Soul Mobile at the end of last year.

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Closers Will Add Harpy the Rogue As A New Playable Character On May 22nd

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En Masse Entertainment has announced that Harpy the Rogue will be added as the latest playable character in Closers on May 22, 2018. Harpy was previously beaten by the portal summoner and gun wielder Tina in a contest for which character will be added to the game first. Harpy’s combat is all about powerful kicks and energy-laden card attacks. Her life as a professional thief titled “Phantom Thief” came at a halt when she was caught stealing from the Vulture Corp. and convinced to join the Wolf Dogs team.

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Blade & Soul Will Convert To Unreal Engine 4 – Graphic Change Looks Fantastic

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Blade & Soul‘s PC version is finally upgrading its graphics and converting to Unreal Engine 4! The highly rated action combat MMORPG has been played publicly on the dated Unreal Engine 3 for over seven years while its more recent mobile and console counterparts are being developed in Unreal Engine 4 already. Here is to hoping that NCSoft will take full advantage of UE4’s graphical additions and cinematic options.

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Bless Online Steam Update Suggests At Least 3 Founders Packs Will Be For Sale & Chinese Regions Are Restricted

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The latest update to the Steamdb page of Bless Online suggests that the game will initially have at least three different packages available for purchase on top of the base game. Bless Online is still set to be playable as a buy-to-play game in May and so far, there has not been an official announcement stating a specific date for the start of the upcoming Early Access. This latest change can be seen as another indication that Neowiz still plans to release the game within this month and that they may just be keeping us on our toes until the very last minute.

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MapleStory 2 English Closed Beta Begins Today With Special Events – Players Experience Launch Issues

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The closed beta testing phase of the English version of MapleStory 2 has begun for those who have been accepted to participate. CBT will run for one week from May 9th to May 16th. Nexon has prepared a wide array of special events to keep players busy in that period. We’re talking about attendance check events, level-up events, world boss events, pet fishing and more. Some of which will give rewards that can be claimed in future betas and when MapleStory 2 is fully released. Check out the official page for a full list of CBT events and the rewards you may or may not be missing out on.
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Black Desert Online New Lahn Class Will Be Released On May 23rd

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The latest class addition to Black Desert Online named Lahn is coming to Western version in two weeks on May 23, 2018. With this update, the Western version will be fully caught up to the Korean version in terms of character availability. Pre-creation of Lahn characters will be available one week prior on May 16th.

The upcoming female class uses an exclusive new weapon type called the Crescent Pendulum which is a moon-shaped blade at the end of a very strong piece of cloth. The Lahn class utilizes dance-like combat movements to perform devastating mid-range AoE combos and her Nimbus Stride skill to glide through the air.

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Albion Online Steam Release Is On May 16th – New Trailer Showcases Large-scale PvP

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As announced in March, the crowd-funded sandbox MMORPG Albion Online is making its way to a Steam release, and now they have revealed the date for it: May 16, 2018. The Steam platform comes with wide array of perks and what is possibly the main appeal for players of Albion is the instant increase in player population. This will surely rock the boat since Albion is a game where a significant chunk of your time is spent looking for fellow players to engage in PvP with.

On top of the the typical Steam features like achievements, as thanks to the veteran players of Albion Online, all achievements developed for the Steam launch will be obtainable by players that are using the native game client. Additionally, all players will receive a week-long Fame boost, giving 25% more Fame for all activities like gathering, crafting, killing mobs, and more. Fame is used for leveling up your adventure level.

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Gloria Victis Releases New 2018 Gameplay Trailer For War Gamez Humble Bundle

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Gloria Victis, the low-fantasy medieval MMORPG with an emphasis on realism is now part of a new Humble Bundle called Humble War Gamez Bundle. If you are unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, it’s a site that lets companies offer their goods (games, editing programs, books, etc.) as part of a bundle. Buyers can choose to pay a base price or add more money which can be allocated to the companies or a charity of choice.

Humble War Gamez Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/wargamez-bundle

With the Humble War Gamez Bundle, Gloria Victis can be purchased for $4.35 in addition to other titles which is less than 25% of the current Steam price of $20. If you’ve been keeping an eye on this game, now is a good time to snag an access key. Aside from Gloria Victis, the bundle offers other titles such as Panzer Corps, Mercenary Kings: Reloaded, Insurgency, Day of Infamy and 8-Bit Armies and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam.

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