The issue of whether major MMO releases should be accompanied by official forums is a hot topic in the industry these days. While some recent games like Tabula Rasa
have opted to without official forums, to mixed results, others like Lord of the Rings Online
have shown that they can still be a valued resource. It seems like discussions on the topic
are ever-present. We've known for a while now that Warhammer Online
was opting out of official forums, but general manager Mark Jacobs
chimed in on the Warhammer Alliance forums to reiterate Mythic's position on the subject.
He lays out a mock-schedule
for the way player (mis)behavior would develop as the game moved closer to release, poking fun at the schizophrenic nature of official forums - how the community as a whole can be both loving and hateful, cynical and naive, reactionary and... well, usually just reactionary. He also says that he doesn't want to have to put himself or any of his community team through that kind of hell, and that's what informed their decision to stay away from official forums. It's not like it stops people from flaming the game though, and community reps still need to wade through community forums
anyway, so why not put it all in one place? I almost wish they'd just admit it was the money...