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Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 5:35PM J45neoboy said

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Wildstar, Can't wait to see more of you.

Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 5:54PM Tyrang said

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Is really hard for bigger company to develop sandbox mmo becuz of the more "niche" market and really is hard to guarantee player base and roi. Thus AAA sandbox are never around.

It is nice to see upcoming AAA games like Archeage and Wild Star going towards the "in-between".

Maybe this will be the next mmo trend?

Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 6:07PM Plastic said

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Hmm, I read the "sandbox gameplay" elements listed on their website and I'm not sure "sandox" means what they think it means.

Posted: Nov 4th 2011 5:21PM (Unverified) said

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@Plastic What isn't sandbox about them? The layered combat mechanics and ecology layer he mentions specifically remind me of Ryzom, which was (from what I recall) also a sandbox game. I mean, yes, they're pretty clearly limiting the sandbox experience to 'environmental' items like that, but just because the game's not fully sandbox doesn't mean that anything put in there can't have some qualities.
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Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 6:12PM jimr9999us said

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Wildstar has tons of great ideas...if they can execute them this could be the next sleeper mmog.

Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 6:23PM Sam not Spam said

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I think sandboxy stuff will be a necessity for any new game to help deal with the relative lack of content. Time has moved on, everyone has a game they can fall back on (even if they're sick of it), and I think gamers are a lot less willing to put up with growing pains a game will have nowadays than a few years ago. For better and worse, any new game is going to be immediately compared to the current state of multiple mature games, so... @_@

A good mix of sandbox and theme park should do well in providing a foundation for later growth, assuming gamers give it a chance rather than complain "this is too much/not enough like (insert game title)!"

Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 7:54PM smartstep said

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Some interesting ideas for Wildstar.

Too bad cartoony graphics and game 'feel' totally put me off.

Have enough of cartoony games for next 10 years after WoW and many other (not necessarily mmo) games that were released in last years.

Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 8:02PM MMOaddict said

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Hear that, Bioware? These guys "get it". You would do well to do the same..but we all know you won't. At least not till 3 months after launch and you are bleeding subs due to the extreme on rails aspect of your game and lack of ANY sandbox aspects.

If anyone thinks I'm wrong, show me a sandbox element in SWTOR?

Posted: Nov 3rd 2011 8:26PM J45neoboy said

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@MMOaddict

I don't think it will fail completely due to lack of Sandbox elements but I do feel that it won't reach it's full potential.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2011 12:59AM Armaros said

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@MMOaddict

Since when has anyone bought a Bioware game for its 'sandbox' elements?
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Posted: Nov 4th 2011 2:48AM Mikx said

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Neverwinter Nights comes close. If they continued to release mod tools with their products the games would have been much better.
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Posted: Nov 4th 2011 1:23AM (Unverified) said

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Im not playing SWTOR for any sandbox elements. Im playing it for a storyline. That which Bioware does best. Im sure many other people shall be doing the same.

Posted: Nov 4th 2011 3:43AM Dblade said

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yeah, i heard the same song and dance with fallen earth, darkfall, mortal online, earthrise, dawntide...

Posted: Nov 4th 2011 5:35PM Halfcentaur said

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This game looks amazing. I love how some people just write off "cartoon" as automatically bad. Cartoon worlds are much more immersive for providing a sense of another world with it's own boundaries, and the artists working on this game are top notch. The animation and movement and graphic effects in this game take my breath away personally.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 10:22PM Sam not Spam said

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@Halfcentaur
Well, I'm not sure about that, but its likely a YMMV issue. What I can say is cartoony graphics will likely age better than games that try to look realistic. A game might look great when it comes out, but after a few years it will look dated as more realistic games with higher system requirements and better graphics come out.
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