NCsoft saw increased sales but a 40 percent drop in profit this past year. Fallout from that includes the company's announcement that Guild Wars 2 won't arrive until 2010-2011.
Gamasutra reported that while NCsoft's sales were up 5 percent year-over-year, including a strong December quarter-over-quarter profit increase of 60 percent. But overall, the delayed launch of Aion: The Tower of Eternity helped contribute to a yearlong slump for the Korean MMO publisher.
Guild Wars 2 was announced in 2007; a public beta planned for last year was scrapped and will be launched closer to the game's release. According to VE3D, that's 2010 to 2011 (although VE3D doesn't say where exactly it got this.)
This week NCSoft shed 70 to 90 workers in its ongoing consolidation of its NCSoft West offices in Seattle. The company, however, expects strong growth in 2009, banking on continued sales of Aion in Korea and its release in North America and Europe.
NCSoft Profits Down, Guild Wars 2 Delayed, Player Numbers Revealed [VE3D via EvilAvatar]