Why Does Star Citizen Succeed Where Other MMOs Fail?

There are many, many mmorpg games that pop up on Kickstarter asking for funding. Some of these online games succeed in attaining their funding goals while others crash and burn. While many mmos have been able to get gamers to help support the development of their game, none has had the staggering success of Star Citizen. So why does Star Citizen succeed where other mmos fail?

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thorstein1669d ago

I think your headline should be: Why Star Citizen succeeds where other MMOs fail.

You answer the question quite well. And it is the same reason I backed Shadowrun: because of the developer behind the game. That is how Kickstarter succeeds. You can't just be some noob no one has heard of. You have to give some sort of background.

papashango1667d ago

star citizen will fail if the developers think incorporating ideas that have been done will work.

3-4-51666d ago

SC hasn't DONE anything yet. Keep hyping it up too much and it will seem like a failure even if it's awesome.

Godmars2901669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

It hasn't launched yet...?

It is neither yet a viable nor proven product.

It is nothing but hype and presentation which has only taken in money.

DoctorJones1667d ago

The article is about MMOs that use Kickstarter and fail to succeed as well as Star Citizen. It's not about the final product Godmars.

Nicaragua1667d ago

I think he his talking about success in terms of how well it did on Kickstarter, rather than the finished product being a success.

elhebbo161667d ago

Games aren't made in a day. the development started in 2011 and its stated for a release in 2015, 4 years. Why are you making a big whoop about it? many other games have had 4 years development time and more (half life 2).

Volkama1667d ago (Edited 1667d ago )

They've made something like $43million. They could walk away now and have a pretty good party to celebrate that success :)

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bumnut1667d ago (Edited 1667d ago )

Because of the creators history of making great space combat/trading games?

SITH1666d ago

That is what motivated me to pledge.

Dasteru1667d ago (Edited 1667d ago )

Star Citizen isn't an MMO. It is a single player space combat/trading sim with an online co-op mode.

SITH1667d ago

You are confusing two different games from the same company. Star citizen is an MMO.
Squadron 42 is a seperate game embedded in star citizen and it's universe that is a single player game with co-op.

Dasteru1666d ago (Edited 1666d ago )

I'm not confusing anything.

From the developers themselfs.

"Single Player – Offline or Online(Drop in / Drop out co-op play)"

Not once on the entire page/description is it labeled as an MMO. As a matter of fact, from the Q&A at the bottom of the page.

Q "Is star citizen an MMO"
A "No! Star Citizen will take the best of all possible worlds, ranging from a permanent, persistent world similar to those found in MMOs to an offline, single player campaign like those found in the Wing Commander series. The game will include the option for private servers, like Freelancer, and will offer plenty of opportunities for players who are interested in modding the content. Unlike many games, none of these aspects is an afterthought: they all combine to form the core of the Star Citizen experience."

SITH1666d ago (Edited 1666d ago )

"Star Citizen is an upcoming space trading and combat simulator video game for Microsoft Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux.[6] Star Citizen will consist of two main components: first person space combat and trading in a massively multiplayer persistent universe and customizable private servers (known as Star Citizen), and a branching single-player and drop-in co-operative multiplayer[7] campaign (known as Squadron 42). The game will feature Oculus Rift support."

Definition of MMO: A massively multiplayer online game (also called MMO and MMOG) is a multiplayer video game which is capable of supporting large numbers of players simultaneously. By necessity, they are played on the Internet. <- 100% matches Star citizen. 100% does not match squadron 42. A separate independent campaign.

"Squadron 42 is a single player campaign that takes place within the Star Citizen universe. It can be played off-line." Source your own wiki link.

Chris Roberts does not want this game to be labeled a mmo because he fears it will be dismissed by people who do not care for games titled mmo. In all definitions of what constitutes a mmo, star citizen IS an mmo. This subject has already been debated on te SC forums. The consensus is obvious that it is a mmo.

Now you can put your two cents into the forum debate and bring life to a long debated topic, but it will be dismissed by those who have made contributions to this game and intend to buy it and understand clearly what an mmo is and is not, along with Chris Roberts personal fear of what SC may become.

Dasteru1666d ago (Edited 1666d ago )

Wikipedia? Seriously? kids these days. Arguing against the words of the developers themselfs and using wikipedia as a source. What a bunch of retards. THE PEOPLE WHO CREATED THE DAMN THING SAY IT IS NOT AN MMO AND YOU STILL ARGUE? how bloody stupid can you people be. The consensus is irrelivant, it is what the developers say it is. Hell alot of people still think Zelda is an RPG, that doesn't make it true, it just makes alot of people stupid. $100 says i could be one of the developers and you brainless toons would still argue, so i give up.

"Stupidity - The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead."

Azurite1666d ago (Edited 1666d ago )

They didn't think they'd get enough money for the massive part when they started the Kickstarter, the scope has grown since then.

The developers have used the acronym "mmo" to describe Star Citizen several times since the Kickstarter.

Dasteru1665d ago (Edited 1665d ago )

Ok fair enough. Finally someone able to come up with a legitimate reply. Not just "i decided it is, therefore it is" and using Wikipedia of all places to argue it.

modesign1667d ago

the games not coming out till 2016 (for now, it will probably get pushed to 2017 then 2018,2019,2020)