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Posted: Oct 17th 2008 4:40PM Triskelion said

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My prediction is it will be something Ghost related. They will never make an MMO that is medieval based to only compete with WoW. They've already stated that they would never cannibalize WoWs sub base. So, my bet is on something with a futuristic, and/or sci-fi setting. Starcraft would be difficult since a lot of those units would be limited in what they offered. But I have seen an early build for Ghost, which was halted indefinitely, and there is definitely a game in there somewhere. It was a 3rd person sci-fi shooter.

Posted: Oct 17th 2008 5:12PM BreakingPoint0 said

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While that's possible I don't think it's probable. Why? Because Ghost is a single person game while there new project is an MMO.

It would be possible to make a Starcraft MMO if they went the route of Guild Wars and did instanced content. That might actually be interesting to see if they decided to go that route.
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Posted: Oct 17th 2008 5:21PM Triskelion said

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"Ghost related" is what I said, not a single player game, but an MMO.
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Posted: Oct 17th 2008 5:12PM (Unverified) said

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So was I the only one who saw that they said it was a brand new IP at BlizzCon?

Posted: Oct 17th 2008 5:34PM Triskelion said

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New IP or not related to any of their current franchises?

Either way; Blizzard could shit on a DVD and it would be more fun to play then 90% of the games out there.

Throughout the development of WoW they stated that they were continuously told to ask themselves "am I having fun?". Now this was 4 years ago, and the game has grown stale but still; Blizzard is about games for gamers by gamers.

Posted: Oct 17th 2008 5:56PM Graill440 said

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.........Looks at the brown DVD O.o
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Posted: Oct 17th 2008 6:52PM (Unverified) said

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Why do you people keep referring to what ever blizzard is up to in the MMO arena as a “next-gen MMO”? This is not something that can be determined by the fact that it is not out now. We were all hoping either AoC or WAR were “next-gen”. Some people were even referring to them as “next-gen”. but, when they were launched both were piles of beans like every other “current-gen” pile of beans, though there were different beans composing the new pile of beans. That is not to say they are bad games. They are pretty good, for what they are... a pile of beans.

All I am saying, is you really should stop using the term “next-gen” because you are inadvertently hyping a game that will probably not live up to the heightened expectations as AoC and WAR have been unable to... That is, unless you are getting that kick-back from Acti-Blizz i have asked about in the past. In that case, hype away!

...Your being paid for it, aren’t ya? Is this a contractual agreement or is this deal with Acti-Blizz under the table/based on the honor system?

P.S. are you guys blocking my original email address? i think you might be! that is so mature...

Posted: Oct 17th 2008 6:59PM Mr Angry said

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The longer virtual worlds exist, the more that developers will see that it is better to evolve than re-engineer. I would be very surprised by a sequel to WoW, there doesn't seem to be any point. Everquest II showed that it was probably unwise. Sony would have been better off devoting that time to a EQ overhaul or just work on a new IP.

So over time this gen, will become next gen. When people were talking about the next 'third gen MMO', what they didn't realize is that they were probably already playing it, it just hadn't evolved by then.

The last change in MMO generations was the introduction of virtual environments and social areas ( a la Facebook, Second Life etc), just hanging out in an environment is enough, without playing a game. This is getting fed back into the mainstream game releases, with the addition of offline content, social linking of avatars etc.

The next 'gen' will be greater sensory immersion, the game beyond just a monitor. If Blizzard are not already working on this, I'd be very surprised.

Blizzard don't have to make follow ups as the market leader, they are in a position they have to innovate to protect their market share, otherwise it will be slowly eroded over time by all the other releases.
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Posted: Oct 17th 2008 9:17PM (Unverified) said

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Well they wouldn't be taking kickbacks from both Blizzard and EA. Warhammer was hyped here to hell, and nothing negative was ever really said about it.
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Posted: Oct 18th 2008 12:52AM Ayenn said

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Actual, yes, they could be. think about how magazines do advertising. This site is basically a magazine of sorts.
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Posted: Oct 18th 2008 5:50AM (Unverified) said

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No, we don't do the whole cash-for-comment thing. What we *do* write are our honest opinions - which you're free not to agree with.

Criminey, if you agreed with everything we said you wouldn't be thinking for yourselves, and that would be excessively tedious. I know I'd be sad.

Heck, not all of us here at Massively necessarily agree with each-other, even.

Plenty of folks say we're too anti-Warhammer. About the same number who say we're too pro-Warhammer, actually, when you count it all up - quite frequently about the same posts. That seems to suggest that we're somewhere in the middle. :)

But, yes, if someone offered us even a single dollar to say something nice about their game, we'd tell the world about that dollar before you could blink.

When it comes to our opinions, they're *ours*, and they're not for sale, rent, or hire. Actually, that's a really good part about this job. Nobody wants us to write something we don't believe in, and that's pretty special.

All that said, if you don't agree with us or you think we're off-base, SAY SO! We make mistakes, we get disappointed by some games, we get a little too excited sometimes. We're human (Well, except for the Turpster, maybe. Not so sure about him)

If you think we're wrong. Say something. We're all grown up, and a bit of nudging isn't going to hurt us terribly. We *are* listening, and we pay attention -- but we're not on the take :)
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Posted: Oct 18th 2008 2:44PM Ayenn said

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Thanks for the comment and response, Tateru. and I am saying so :D
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Posted: Oct 17th 2008 9:56PM (Unverified) said

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It's obviously Lost Vikings Online. Everyone will play as Eric, the redhead, for his ability to jump.

Posted: Oct 18th 2008 6:16PM drypulse said

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glad i'm not the only one that noticed this site totally kissing WAR's ass every post. even after it came out and people found out how bad it is, not a single truthful post about any of its problems.

odd one that

Posted: Oct 18th 2008 2:00PM Vandell said

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It's going to be Nomad.

Posted: Oct 21st 2008 5:09PM (Unverified) said

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World of Warcraft 2 was a possibility? They're already up to version 3 if you're counting.

Posted: Oct 21st 2008 3:41PM (Unverified) said

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WoW 2 was a possibility? They've already released version 3 if you're counting.

Posted: Oct 21st 2008 5:39PM (Unverified) said

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Sorry about the multiple postings but I just realized how silly the phrase "next-gen MMO" sounds. What exactly is an MMO generation? Never heard of it before. What leaps and bounds await in the next generation?

I guess we can say the current generation introduced graphics, and if we're lucky this "next-gen" MMO will have revolutionary elements on the scale of character names containing more than twelve letters.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2008 2:58PM (Unverified) said

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Blizzard hasn't developed a new IP in 10 years (at least) why would they start now? They've got fantasy games, and sci-fi games, where else could they go?

I doubt they use a new IP to launch thier next gen mmo, It'll have to be starcraft or diablo, something that has a lot of lore and that people already like.

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