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Posted: Mar 9th 2010 1:34PM (Unverified) said

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You are on a pitcher's mound.

Your sock is bleeding. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

Posted: Mar 9th 2010 1:38PM Gaugamela said

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Great decision. Launch a single player RPG, create a fan base for the IP and then launch an MMO in it.

Posted: Mar 9th 2010 1:59PM JayFiveAlive said

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My thoughts exactly! Can't wait to see some Project Mercury details!
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Posted: Mar 9th 2010 2:12PM (Unverified) said

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This I suspect is more due to the company needing some income and an MMO from them is still too far away. 38 Studios was trying hard to get more funding, but wasn't having much luck.

But it's a good way to do things. Release something, hopefully really good, get some fans, get some excitement, and then bring out the bigger project, the MMO.

Posted: Mar 9th 2010 2:14PM Bhima said

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I think this is absolutely the best road map for independent dev. gaming houses. Torchlight was VERY successful as a single-player game and will definitely be successful once multi-player is introduced. I hope this works out for them because it only means good things for the gamers!

Posted: Mar 9th 2010 2:19PM Teki said

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Man, EA is bad new for MMOs.

Posted: Mar 9th 2010 3:03PM Bhima said

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Agreed. So is Activision. I hope Blizz will get out from under Activision in the near future because I'd rather buy stock in just Blizzard, not Activision (that CEO is such a douche-bag).
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Posted: Mar 9th 2010 3:02PM GRT said

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Am I reading Singlely now? Why is Massively reporting on single player games?

Posted: Mar 9th 2010 3:15PM Jhaer said

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Because it is a single player lead in to the MMO they are also making.
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Posted: Mar 9th 2010 3:27PM (Unverified) said

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I'm actually kind of excited about this. There seems to be more MMORPGs than single-player RPGs these days.

Posted: Mar 9th 2010 4:46PM Valentina said

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nice. its about time.

Posted: Mar 10th 2010 6:24AM Dblade said

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Anyone else get an an Advent Rising or Too Human vibe from this? Both were lead single player games set in an expansive universe with projected sequels: one even had a noted SF/Fantasy Author work on it as well (Orson Scott Card for Advent Rising) Both bombed. Only difference is that the sequel to this is an MMO.

I'm not sure that it's the best way of doing things. If the single player game is successful, why make an MMO? The only examples I can think of this working are games with a series of successful single player games running before them (Final Fantasy and FFXI, .hack and .hack//fragment.)

Interesting to see how this plays out. EA is no guarantee: after all they published Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath.


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