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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 8:13PM Boruk said

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interesting..

be glad when Comic Con finally gets here so we can finally see our first glimpse of this gamw

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 9:17PM AlamoeJones said

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Don't get your hopes up for comic con.
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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 8:45PM Thac0 said

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My resume is ready to go!

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 9:21PM Boruk said

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via Twitter:

1:15-2:15 World Premiere of the First Game From 38 Studios— Be among the first in the world to see the video game debut from Curt Schilling's 38 Studios. Hear from the visionaries who have teamed up to create this highly anticipated RPG and the rich world it is set in, including 38 Studios' executive art director Todd McFarlane (Spawn, Spider-Man), executive creator of worlds R. A. Salvatore (Forgotten Realms), lead designer Ken Rolston (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion), and founder and chairman Curt Schilling. Learn all about this ambitious new project as 38 Studios unveils the name of the game along with the world premiere of the game's first trailer directed by McFarlane. Attendees will also receive a limited-edition poster. Room 6A

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 9:38PM Dumac said

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I'm afraid that game may not be the MMO, 38 Studios is also working on a single player RPG

http://www.massively.com/2010/03/09/gdc10-copernicus-project-mercury-being-published-by-ea/
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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 9:41PM Dumac said

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Which, i forgot to add, i should also be excited about. Though part of the fun is the mystery, Copernicus and the world it is set in could literally be anything. I'm almost not sure i want to learn and have my dreams crushed. :P
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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 11:15PM Boruk said

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His tweets shows it the secret one as he states he finally gets to talk about it
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Posted: Jul 14th 2010 12:14AM Valdur said

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They are revealing what the IP is about and talk about Mercury.I guess by now people already know what's the connection between the real Copernicus and planet Mercury was : )
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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 9:39PM karnisov said

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i bet schilling takes the bait, that money is too good to pass up.

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 9:54PM Jhaer said

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The truth is revealed, Copernicus is a Family Guy MMO.

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 9:53PM Valentina said

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That money is definitely too good to pass up, and if they become a successful game developer people will relocate to work with them, thus further expanding the industry in Rhode Island, and increasing their access to talent.

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 10:20PM Saker said

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This is an obscene practice. These tax breaks, and incentives all end up being paid for by the citizens of the states. It's no better then old fashioned kick-backs, payola, etc, etc.

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 11:20PM karnisov said

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actually RI is pretty desperate for real economic growth. and desperate states do desperate things.
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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 10:29PM Somnicide said

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As someone who grew up in RI, this is good for them. Its about time they tried getting some sort of industry investments there. Also, its good for that company. They'll have easier access to RISD graduates, who are damn sure nothing to scoff at.

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 10:32PM Bhima said

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Though RISD grads might make great artists, they don't make good programmers. Maybe Brown has a decent CS department?
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Posted: Jul 14th 2010 9:34AM (Unverified) said

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MIT? Harvard? I hear MIT has a semi-decent CS program...
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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 10:34PM OldBoy said

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Rhode Island's economy is in the crapper—

http://www.usatoday.com/money/2010-07-13-cnbc-states-for-business_N.htm (50th place might not look so bad if they included Puerto Rico, DC and the Marianas)

—and they're putting up $75 mil on a startup? Don't they know what happened to about the same amount of money that went into Stargate Worlds? Haven't they seen the monorail episode of The Simpsons?

Posted: Jul 13th 2010 10:57PM Dblade said

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I was wondering when someone would bring this up. They really can't afford this, especially since its a huge gamble on a company with no real portfolio or work. They'd be better encouraging a bunch of smaller startups and f2p games for that.
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Posted: Jul 14th 2010 4:01AM Dread said

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I disagree, respectfully. Salvatore and MacFarlane are both legendary in their fields and command huge cult followings...then add Schillings 'star power'. To say they have no 'body of work' is a bit disingenuous I think. Maybe not in an actual MMo per se but they have a lot more experience in crafting what they are onboard this project for than most others in the field i.e fantasy artwork, art direction and setting, world creation, plot, story development etc

$75 million is a loan - not a free gift. They will have to pay it back when they start making money. Given the talent behind the project, thats talent rather than hype so you would have to err a bit on the optimistic side that Copernicus, Mercury, the merchandising etc and all they plan for 'the Project' will make a few bucks. Even WAR made many millions and is still going and people fly up in arms at the mention of it!

I may not even play the resulting MMO...but even with not a peep about it I am excited for it! I just have a feeling that this is going to be one game that is going to help bring MMO's to the next level. Not a WoW killer, but something that we've all been waiting for but have been disappointed that other MMO's haven't given it to us yet.
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Posted: Jul 13th 2010 11:16PM Gildas said

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Awesome! This is fantastic! I actually live in RI and have been working on my demo reel with this particular studio in mind. Hopefully it all works out and I can get a job without having to move to Maynard, Mass.!

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