Tag: blade&soul

How long will Diablo3 fever go?

Diablo3 fever hits Korea high since launching. The question is how long it will be? We asked it to 230 industry people. They consist of developers and business men.
About 90% of the participants answer that Diablo3 is succeeded beyond their prediction. Business people surprised 6.6% more than developers.

The result of Diablo3’s success was expected or more than expected, 89.5%

About how long Diablo3 fever will go, 30% predicted that it will go until June while 17% answers until the next year. Business people predicted it will be getting cold any time soon, while developers predicted it will go until the summer vacation. Participants who did not play Diablo3 predicted more that it won’t last long than participants who play it.

Could Diablo3 keep providing new contents often?

More than the half of participants chose the lack of contents as the main reason people will quit to play Diablo3 because it is a package game not an online game.

After Diablo3 fever becomes stable at PC Bang, 41.8% participants predicted PC Bang occupying rate of Diablo3 will be over 16%, which could be #1 at PC Bang. 18.7% answers it will be between 11~15%, which could be top5 at PC Bang.

PC Bang owners & Item trade sites is also happy with Diablo3’s success

Beside Blizzard, who is getting most benefits from Diablo3’s success? 41.2% of the total participants answer PC Bang owners. 35.2% Developers answer item trade sites, while 29.4% business men agreed.

PC Bang occupying rate for LOL is down from 20% to 11% because of Diablo3

Then who is getting most damages from Diablo3’s success? Participants chose League of Legends overwhelmingly and the next is Aion.

Who might be the crises for Diablo3’s continuing success? While 49.6% answer it won’t affected by external factors, 26.5% chose Blade&Soul OBT in June.

Blade&Soul is expected to launch in July

NCsoft announced at the earning call on the 15th of May that there has not been any changes on the service schedule of Blade&Soul. NCsoft is working hard to have OBT during the first half of 2012 and predicting OBT in June and public service in July.

The 3rd CBT will be closed on the 22nd of May. With considering 3 weeks of OBT and public service on July, it is possible that OBT will start the middle of June.

NCsoft thinks of the launch of Diablo3 as a chance to increase a gaming user pool. The company will try to attract as many gamers as possible within the increased pool.

NCsoft has homework to do as well. The vitality system that was applied during the 3rd CBT period has made a huge controversy among users. The vitality system controls the experience points that users could gain along with playing time. The system is made for casual users. Therefore, complains from hardcore users are extreme now.

NCsoft is carefully looking at the vitality system during the 3rd CBT because they need to re-balance the system somehow before the public service. The goal of Blade&Soul is to attract as many casual gamers as possible, so NCsoft has made the game easy to play.


Blade&Soul says ‘It’s party time!’

NCsoft will present the party called ‘Soul Party’ on December 18th as a surprise for <Blade & Soul> fans. However, it has not been decided how many fans will be invited. It is highly forecasting that the party will be held with small number of invited fans.

NCsoft confirms that the newest full version of the game will be available at the party than the one in G-Star2010.

Prior to this, NCsoft made an announcement about the customer rating system on December 1st. VIP customers will be given priority experiencing the newest games from NCsoft.