In the Netease Games annual conference, Chinese developer and publisher Netease has revealed two major releases for the Revelation Online IP in 2018; Revelation Online 2.0 and Revelation M. A new era for the Chinese version of Revelation Online will open sometime in the summer as the game revamps its graphics and introduces a new area that roughly translates to Wing World. The new area marks as the next and second expansion of the nine worlds in Revelation Online’s lore. The expansion will introduce a large new area that consists of dozens of floating islands, expand the game’s main and side stories, and introduce new gameplay features.
Developer and publisher Webzen has announced that MU Origin, the open-world mobile MMORPG set in the same universe as MU Legend will no longer be available on Netherlands’ Google Play Store and Apple App Store due to new laws regarding in-game loot boxes. The recent judgement passed by The Netherlands Gaming Authority will be imposed on June 20th, 2018.
Webzen assures that this will not have effects on the service of MU Origin in other regions. There is no mention of any compensation in the announcement.
We last heard of Final Fantasy XI Mobile, the collaborative project between Nexon and Square Enix quite recently in Nexon’s Earnings Report for Q1 2018. The report showed that the game is expected to release in Q2 2018 & onward in Japan & North America. Now it seems that a member of the FFXI sub-reddit community has stumbled upon a set of screenshots that shows off the graphics and world of the upcoming mobile game.
Pearl Abyss held their Q1 2018 earnings report conference call on May 11th and has made several announcements in regards to the future of Black Desert Mobile, the mobile rendition of the popular PC MMORPG Black Desert Online. Inven global reports that Black Desert Mobile will receive new PvP content including Conquest War and Battlefield in the coming months and is working towards the global version.
Netmarble has released the latest major update for Lineage 2: Revolution, their open-world mobile MMORPG and it comes with a new massive PvP mode and other new content to the game. The new 200-player Castle Siege PvP Mode will allow three clans to work together in attempts to conquer an opposing clan’s castle. The biggest motivation to win will be the Castle Conquer Shop, the Conquer Buff, and the Trading Post Tax Reward. The castle siege pre-season has already begun along with Castle Siege Festivities that grant players increased EXP rates for all characters.
Project TL or Project “The Lineage” is NCSoft’s newest venture with the 20 year old Lineage franchise. The in-development project will be the remake of NCSoft’s unreleased Lineage Eternal game and will act as the sequel to the original Lineage game. While not much is known about Project TL’s gameplay, we know that it will offer a single character system that Lineage Eternal lacked and will be an MMORPG created with Unreal Engine 4.
NCSoft released their first quarterly earnings performance report today which is paired up with a lengthy Earnings conference call. In this quarter’s call, Jae-Soo Yoon, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of NCSoft has stated that Project TL is running very well in terms of development and NCSoft has a very positive evaluation of its development team. As a result of that, they believe that they would be in a position to conduct Closed Beta Testing for Project TL within the second half of 2018! Of course, this will most likely apply to Korean players only.
NCSoft Q1 2018 Earnings Report Shows Blade & Soul As Strongest Non-Mobile MMO While Aion Sales Increase
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.
Development for Old School Runescape Mobile seems to be on track with more than 5,000 beta invites recently sent out by Jagex. Runescape, the classic fantasy MMORPG currently has two versions. The modern version of the game uses a new and more powerful engine with modern eye-pleasing graphics and updated combat and skill system. In 2013, Jagex released a 2007 version of the game known as Old School Runescape (2007scape) to please players who prefer the game in its original state before major core gameplay updates. Both will come out with mobile versions, but Old School Runescape Mobile will be launching first.
While the global version of Black Desert Mobile is still promised to launch in 2018, the recent launched Korean open beta has just added the latest class addition named Blade Master. Blade Master is known as Musa in the game’s PC counterpart. Blade Masters are single sword and Horn Bow wielders that fight with oriental-style martial arts. They are specialists in 1 on 1 battles.