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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:11PM (Unverified) said

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gorramit!!!

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:15PM J45neoboy said

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Shame that another company has to pull the plug on their MMOs. Still waiting on a Vampire MMO though

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:16PM Furdinand said

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I hear that SOE has a space opera / western system that is just collecting dust in storage somewhere, IP-less, Critunity?

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 11:02PM Borick said

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@Furdinand I would go back to Sony if they refitted Galaxies for the Firefly IP.

It would be so fitting on many levels.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 1:12PM Krovak said

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@Borick

I have no idea how much effort it would take to "refit" the client of SWG to a Firefly IP. Nor if it would be economically feasible at all. My bet would be that it would not be feasible. But your comment rings true with me also. If SOE could pull it off, learn from their mistakes with SWG while recreating that fun "sandbox" experience...hmm...huge long shot but it would get my attention very fast.

I love SWTOR, and I did drop SWG like a hot rock, but I still hold a lot of very fond memories of that game. It just may be that it is better left dead and buried to be honest.

This idea begs another question though. I wonder if SOE dropping SWG opened the door for them to "look" into the exact possibility your are suggesting? Maybe not with Firefly but some other IP? Once again I wonder if it would be even worth the effort given the "age" of the game client or if it would be free of any legal encumbrances. But they were on track with their original concept and approach for a viable sandbox. But what the hell do I know....just an intriguing thought :)
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:55PM Unshra said

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Shinny!!
Now maybe someone else will pick it up, Multiverse is not known for quality MMO's and I was not looking forward to whatever they might have spit out. Now if only Interplay would drop Fallout or at the very least pick someone other then Masthead Studios to develop the MMO.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:55PM smartstep said

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I am surprised...not.

MMO and especially mmorpg market is way oversaturated.

Just too many titles. Simple as that.

So some projects won't get funding and will die beofre release and some will have to shut down.

F2P won't magically cure this as well.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:10PM edgecrusherO0 said

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@smartstep

Nobody is saying that F2P is a magical cure. The assertion (which is backed by data) is that F2P is where the market is going as it's a more flexible monetization scheme.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:24PM Saker said

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@smartstep -NOT- too many titles, just too few good ones!!!
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 3:01AM DancingCow said

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@edgecrusherO0

Data, you say. Where is this data you speak of?

I've seen no data showing that MMO subscription numbers, in total, have dropped.

It's not the case that players are moving to free to play, it's the case that failed subscription MMOs are moving into the existing free-to-play market.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 6:40AM smartstep said

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@edgecrusherO0

Well yeah. It is not possible to maintain that many titles with p2p model.
Like I said , alot of titles + playerbase that is not growing as rapidly as it was years ago + financial and economy crisis in west. People don't want to pay f.e. 4 subscriptions at one time for various games.

P2P will be limited in future for few bigger and few niche games as there is demand for this business model and it also has it's benefits to investors

Rest of titles will go f2p or to some other business model.

One model for all titles is thing of a past, so it won't be f2p replacing p2p, just few business model will co-exist on the market.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 6:45AM Maraq said

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@DancingCow

"It's not the case that players are moving to free to play, it's the case that failed subscription MMOs are moving into the existing free-to-play market."

That is Truth. Ftp is fine, but it is NOT the Holy Grail just because there are many converting games out there.

Also, in my opinion, i think there are many mmos out there being played, not because they are really great, but simply because they are all we have to choose from. So we leapfrog from one game to another, not because the new one is so shiny, but because we *hope* that the new one will interest us and provide something different. Doesn't mean we get it though.

The mmo market has a customer base that is steadily getting more varied in age, as people are becoming more and more familiar with computers, compared to the beginnings of mmos, when they would have been played almost exclusively by kids or young people.

With a more varied age-range in players, mmos are now required to be more sophisticated and varied in their appeal. I think that mmo developers are still struggling to recognise that, whilst still recycling the same grind/fluff attributes that make up earlier games.

As the market matures, in both quality and variety of player base, along with advances in technology making it possible to compromise less and deliver more the concepts of good game designers out there, i am optimistic that we will play more of what we want, rather than simply whats out there.
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 11:47AM (Unverified) said

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@edgecrusherO0

key word being "Scheme"
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:10PM edgecrusherO0 said

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pop pop, more bubbles popping!

And while it sucks that another company pulled the plug, I'm actually kinda happy that the Firefly MMO isn't going to be made. There is no way they can capture the same kind of charm the show in the game. It would be awesome if done right, but that's a very, very small target for them to hit.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:15PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah... as a completely enormous Browncoat, and fan of Joss in general... I am neither particularly surprised, nor, really, particularly sad. I'd -love- to see a proper MMO of Firefly; I think one could even be quite good. But the fact remains, making an MMO is gorram hard. Making a -good- MMO, a thousand times harder. So even if it hadn't gotten canceled, it would probably have been terrible, and having something terrible associated with probably the best show ever made, that would've been way more depressing than just not having one.

Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 3:01AM pcgneurotic said

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@(Unverified)

I think Firefly would be a better single player game anyway. If I was going to play it, I'd want to play with the real characters, rather than make a generic civil war survivor and start either in a brown zone or a blue zone. :D Shoot, I'd make a Companion instead. :D
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 4:21AM SKYeXile said

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@pcgneurotic you only have brown coat or blue to choose from...i guess all the slots for blood red were taken?
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 11:05AM Resurge said

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@(Unverified) lol i love Firefly too, but "best show ever made" ? cmon ... it was a great show, and opinions are like assho... uh noses ...everyone has one, but i don't see how you can objectively consider it the "best" show ever made. It's not even the best scifi show ever made imo.

What i'd really like to see, from a good company is a FARSCAPE MMO PRZ! Now there is a title with a crazy world perfect for an mmo ..it would never make any money probably, but damn would i love it, :) Peacekeepers vs Scarans with random alien races from the show thrown in. mmmmmm
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 3:50PM (Unverified) said

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@Resurge That... is funny you mention Farscape. Now, I do think it would make a great MMO, probably better than the Fireflyverse would, but the show itself... was extremely creative, yes, and started off great, but I argue even by the end of the first season it had started to lose focus. By the time it got canned, it was pretty much adrift. Would I still like to see it come back? Yes, I would. But it wasn't Firefly. Yes, I do actually think it was the best show ever. Or, at least, the best show I've ever watched enough of to comment on its quality, which does, admittedly, leave out a large number of shows I just don't know much about.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:48PM jimr9999us said

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G'night Firefly...may all of your team land happy and healthy at Wildstar:)

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