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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 9:08AM J Brad Hicks said

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"Roper makes no mention of his future plans, but does stop to thank fans ...."

Bill Roper has fans?

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 9:40AM Skyydragonn said

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if Cryptic gets licence to make a NWN MMORPG I will start a boycott like you've never seen before. No Franchise with that much quality history deserves to be shat on by the horrible mismanagement of Cryptic studios.

FYI: I've played CO and found it was just a re-hash of CoH. Very much a CoH 2.0 feel, with (oddly) less people during peak playtimes.

JUST SAY NO TO CRYPTIC>!!!

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 9:51AM spartanthetriviumorg said

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And the universe collectively breathed a sigh of relief as things were made somewhat more right on a fundamental level and the MMO worlds came to think that their just may be a real gaming God after all....

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 12:20PM wcdregon said

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Roper is the man, you can't blame him for the faults with HellGate which was destined to be a sinking ship. The crown Jewel, Mythos never got a chance, but i'm pretty sure as the producer of Diablo and Diablo II, they could have produced a product better than those, unfortunately the cashflow dried up at Flagship and that was that. People make a big deal about these career jumps but the truth is, dude needs to feed himself somehow. Now that his own studio closed, he has to make a living somehow. It's one of those failures that lead to greatness and his time at Cryptic is pretty much the same. On the surface, Champions should be a dominant MMO, it has the visuals, control scheme and gameplay to really do well, but the failure of the dev team to release content on a timely manner and in significant quantity has basically killed the game.

Cryptic Studios needs some help and they were trying to get that help in hiring Roper, but the reason other tophats are leaving the studio if I had to guess is because the problem with Cryptic lies at the very highest levels of the company and sometimes no matter how famous or lauded your previous work is, you can't challenge the guy who runs the company. Cryptic used to really be on their game, but ever since 2007 when they sold City of Heroes and six months later they hired John Needham from SOE the company really hasn't been performing and as the CEO I think its John's fault. No, I don't have any fact to support this other than what I see. A company that was trusted by its consumers after 6 hard years of work and quite profitable as well, then in less than two years after the CEO switch that trust is nearly destroyed. The only major changes I can see are changing the CEO and hiring a highly respected outsider (Bill R.). Bruce and Jack have both been with Cryptic for a long time although they both changed positions as the company grew.

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 2:30PM wjowski said

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"Roper is the man, you can't blame him for the faults with HellGate which was destined to be a sinking ship."

So...we can't blame Roper for the fact that the game made by the development company he created and lead was 'destined for failure'?

...You could burn calories twisting logic like that.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2010 2:49PM wcdregon said

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@Wjowski
hahaha, no no I agree, but thats not what I meant. Hellgate sucked because it was an unfinished product. Basically Flagship Studios ran out of money and they released the game as is in hopes of someone buying so they could save their studio. Unfortunately it wasn't enough and Comerica Bank repossesed their IP, because Flagship put it up as collateral for the funding they required. So even though he lead the development team, if the game was finished it would have been great but since it wasn't finished I can't put the blame on him. The blame is really on whoever had the responsibility of making sure there was adequate funding for a complete development cycle and distribution. Probably Roper too, but I digress..

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 9:48PM (Unverified) said

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You can never blame things on just one person, as there are others who can also take responsibility. Often though, we do like scapegoats.

I do think this is the case though of getting off before the Failship sinks again.

Posted: Aug 17th 2010 10:00PM (Unverified) said

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Cryptic is so DONE! See ya! Hope CBS/Paramount is very careful about who they hand the rights to publish a REAL Star Trek MMO. Crypic just did not get it.

Posted: Aug 18th 2010 3:05PM spartanthetriviumorg said

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As was pointed out by Jerronimo, Bill is not completely at fault to be sure. Moreover as far as I'm concerned John [Needham] needs to bail as well. So we concur on those points. Being the CEO in my opinion he should bare full responsibility for the shitty mess that STO and CO are because they became so under his watch. As things stand with Craig gone and now bill, he [John] is the last one I thinks really needs to go.

With that said, I have concerns about Jack [Emmert] but damn - he is a co-founder of the company and he did some great things before.

Posted: Aug 18th 2010 6:28PM SupahSpankeh said

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Yeah, sure... he can't be held totally responsible for all the failships he's sailed, but there's one hell of a correlation between his involvement and something blowing goats.

Hellgate, STO, CO... yeah. 3/3 since leaving Blizzard.

I hope him and Emmert and that mug from the WAR development team stay the hell away from my upcoming MMOs. TSW, TOR, BP etc. do NOT need his kind of help.

Posted: Sep 5th 2010 2:54AM (Unverified) said

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Off to turd burger another game.

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