President of Sony Online Entertainment John Smedley has claimed that the PS3 can one day host an MMO game to rival the popularity of World Of Warcraft.
rival WoW how? In terms of gameplay and fun or in terms of $$$. I think the latter would be near impossible. I do, however, commend Sony for trying to give us an MMO. Keep the innovation coming Sony but be easy on making the bold declarations like this.
I reckon they could in terms of content but I started my MMORPG life on EQ and am still playing (rarely) EQ2 so I'm biased.
WoW is easily accesible by the masses but in my opinion, that's all it's got going for it. It was way too easy (although EQ2 had it's moments) great for people to pick up and play but for anyone who's played a tougher MMO, it just seemed too simplistic.
Sadly though if Sony want to challenge WoW, I think they're going to need to go down the same route.
Talk about a soft statement...
SONY COULD drop the price of the PS3 to remain competitive.
MGS4 COULD go to the Xbox360
Phil Harrison COULD look like a burn patient...
But, in the end, all that matters is what WILL be, not what COULD be... This article is just a hit generator.
Nice positive attitude there, like it....
HAHAHAHAHA AT KEOWRATH wow is easy ??? hahahahaha you were a noob in wow i guess no offense but go and clear black temple or the eye and call it easy ppl that played wow willl tell u there is no game harder than wow 40 people working together to kill a boss that liek a chess game is hard if ppl f up ull never succed in wow hard game i cleared black temple with my old guild method
I totally agree with you. The "could" is imperative there. I have no doubt the PS3 will start hosting some MMO's, and quite possibly some of them could even be really good. The chances, however, that one of them would dethrone WoW is pretty slim I think. I'm of the mind that if Age Of Conan can't dethrone WoW, the only other IP that stands a chance is Star Wars, and not in it's current form in the hands of SOE.
Yeah, it's easy compared to the original EQ.
WoW is "MMO with training weels" that can be played on Most junk PC's and is easy for the kids. To think that a SOE game can beat or come close is Beliveable for few reasons: 1# Console's are cheaper. 2# user base can Help Huge ,look at "Phantasy star universe on 360" 3# Convenience on Console >>>PC anyday less to worry about, upgrading and so forth. 4# Online fee's much easers to pay for with PSN/XBLA points >>>credit Cards. (yes Wow has those cards but they always sold out ALWAYS) 5# WOW is Not everyone's cup of tea, mabey they like sci-fi 6# if it was new FF online lol goodnight WOW, ( yea fanboyish lol but i want back in ><)
It's really not that hard to beat WoW in gameplay MMO wise but that depends on what you're after. Personally I still play EVE online (kinda obligated to anyway) and that offers an experience to me that WoW never will.
Where WoW succeeds though is that it's VERY easy to get into for the uninitiated and that's how Blizzard hooks them and why they have over 10mil subscribers. If SOE can strike that balance, they might snag a few mil users.
The Agency looks very interesting and fresh but I don't think that's going to be their "WoW" rival. I'm looking at Ramayan 3392AD for that.
Sony, Sony, Sony.
One baby step first before trying to fly... let's see Home first shall we?
Not really a baby step considering they entered the MMO game before Blizzard did.
Do you even know how long SOE have been making MMO games for? Home isn't even being made by SOE.
SOE has made MMOs for PS? Sorry I didn't realize PSN was that capable.
Yes, EverQuest Online Adventures for the PS2. PSN is a more than capable service, it's a very good service.
Everquest OLA and (although not actually Sony) Final Fantasy XI both ran on the PS2. You might wanna do a little research next time.
Nice to see them going down different routes with the PS3, they really do seem to want to tick the box for every genre with a top title.
I'm personally not a fan of MMO's, i like my games to have a story to them, and the idea of a subscription makes me feel sick, if sony dont implement that, i'll be more than happy to give it a look.
Out of all the companies to challenge WOW..
Don't get me wrong, they came up with the original everquest. Which although was not very innovative, made everything better at its time. Since then though WOW has pummelled every mmorpg sony put out:
pirates of the burning sea
the matrix online
Even if you combine them all you wouldn't have a fraction of the WOW playerbase..
If sony were more interested in building enjoyable games rather then drawn out boring games (so they could make more money with subscriptions) they may have a chance. But judging by the games that they released even the new ones on the ps3 (really short with limited replayability/online play - so you get bored of it and buy the next game that comes out) I doubt sony will change the way it will develope its games since it is now more of a machine pumping out game templates rather then anything innovative.. I highly doubt they would be able to compete with WOW.
So your saying Sony isnt inovative?? muhahahaha....
What did WoW do that was innovative? Apart from drop the skill level so 5 year olds can play it? =)
I haven't played WOW so i have no idea what it's like. But then again they should study the product closely on why its so good. Although i haven't played any SOE games.........i can pretty much say they love making different games as opposed making a super franchise and continue to make sequels for the game. But then AGAIN i don't like MMO's 'cause all you really need to complete the game is consistency , not SKILL.
I love my ps3 but Sony needs to stop saying stuff like this. I.e. being so arrogant. It just pisses off your user base and if your wrong it just makes things worse for your company. I don't see why they just can't say that they look forward to releasing the MMO and are expecting it to do well. The odds of them releasing something that comes close to the popularity of WoW are pretty slim and they just look like an arse if doesn't live up to the hype.
so many other good mmo's try and still have not what it takes to steer gamers away from wow. i wonder what needs to be done... i don't play mmo's tho
If you read the original source from gamedaily.com, the question is: "On whether we'll see an MMO on consoles to rival the success of WoW" He is not asking him whether PS3 or SOE can make a MMO to rival WoW. He is just asking him whether we will see a console MMO which can rival the success of the best MMO in PC, which is WoW.
Edit: Missplaced message.
Will Smedley ever stop his stupid obsession with WoW? He changes SWG to be more like WoW and lets be honest, the "new improved" swg is a big steaming pile of donkey doodoo.
The fact is, no matter how much he can say that they can make a WoW beater, SOE's work ethics, level of talent amongst their team and a bunch of other factors will always keep them from creating a game anywhere near as good as WoW.
Blizzard love their products and it shows (name me a bad Blizzard game in the last 10 years?) SOE are more like EA in their approach and care more for their bank balance than they do about the quality of their games. This has been shown many times with huge amount of bugs left in their games.
Anyway, why is Smedley even in a job? And why are people even taking him seriously? He's lied plenty of times in the past and if sony care about their reputation and mmo credibility, would send this ginger douche packing.
considering there are more people playing WoW than there are ps3's out there, that's quite a statement!
Ugh, I can't think of MMO's. The biggest time suckers of life. Way back when, I spent waaay too many hours on EQ.
Would 10 million people owning a PS3 be willing to pay 15 dollars a month to play one game online?
Remember, MMOs on the PS3 are free. No subcribtions
Nice try. Any MMO that tries to come close to Warcraft is going to have to have server farms far larger than anything Sony's prepared to give away free. Even Final Fantasy 11 has a monthly fee. There's no way Sony could afford the bandwidth and hosting costs to keep an MMO that could compete with WoW going without charging the users a fee.
You are kidding, right? I mean, really kidding, right?
Please say you are kidding.
As much as I admire Sony, they have to be careful, they're throwing rocks at a Titan. Also if they want to compete they'll have to hurry because if Blizz releases Galaxy of Starcraft then it's over, unless they make a FF7 MMO or something..but can you imagine 2000 clouds running around with different variations of the name?
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