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The data cruncher inside Develop 100 would gladly put NCsoft straight in at No.1. They show an unrivalled level of transparency in terms of revenues per game. This entry is for NCsoft’s main internal studios, responsible for Lineage – we’ve split ArenaNet and Carbine out separately at No.55 and No.73 respectively. Lineage is still the big money spinner for the firm – the MMO is actually 17 years old, and made around $160m over the last year. 66 per cent of the total NCsoft player base is in Korea and half of its global audience is playing Lineage – and few, it turns out, seem to have upgraded to Lineage II.
Although it was beset by launch problems, 343’s ‘HD remaster’ of the first four Halo games still made an impressive amount of money. All the more pleasing to know when you remember much of the content was pre-existing and reformatted for Xbox One. The Master Chief Collection was a good stepping-in point for anyone new to the series, and once updated a decent showcase of the Xbox One’s capabilities. The recently released fifth entry in the main series, Halo 5: Guardians, should ensure the studio rides high next year, too, with more adventures for Master Chief planned in future.