Last year I made a number of predictions about the MMO market for 2013. Time to pay the piper… and unfortunately he collects with interest.
City of Titans has launched its Kickstarter and has been fully funded. Although it offers an attractive dream of brining City of Heroes back, it isn’t going to get anywhere near what it is promising.
Neverwinter has clear links back to the lessons Cryptic Studios has learned with their previous titles.
Kickstarter is a terrible platform for video game innovation. Here’s why.
Predicting what is going to happen to the Western MMO market in 2013 seems a lot harder than doing the same for 2012. But when it comes to random guessing about stuff I only half understand, I’m going to give it my best shot.
With less than a week to go before City of Heroes / Villains (CoH/V) shuts down, I thought I’d take a look at the five systems that I saw offering the greatest unrealised potential for this title. I’m not going to say that if these systems had been perfected it would have led to CoH/V being bigger than World of Warcraft, but it would have been another hook to bring in and keep interested players.
A big issue to remember here is that a successful Kickstarter doesn’t mean a successful project – it just means that the studio raised some money from a crowd of people. Delivery of what has been promised is a whole separate issue.
NCsoft issued a statement about the future of City of Heroes / Villains (CoH/V). The TL;DR version is “It’s still shutting down”. The full statement says: “City of Heroes®Players and Fans, We wanted to let you know that your voices have been heard and your concerns have been taken into serious consideration. We appreciate the …
Following on from some previous posts: In a City of Heroes / Villains (CoH/) livestream summary it has been confirmed that Cryptic Studios isn’t blocking CoH/V’s engine licence from being renewed – “the license was purchased in perpetuity for CoH and another unreleased project”; and Jim Hague, who worked on the never released CoH pen-and-paper …
I’m aware that for a lot of CoH/V players “Blame Jack Emmert / Cryptic Studios” is the default position when anything goes wrong, but I don’t see this rumour really being backed by the truth.