head honcho and former World of Warcraft
dev Mark Kern
asks if MMOs have become too easy in a guest blog
at MMORPG.com. It's basically a rhetorical question, since he goes on to outline "the creeping casualness" that defines the genre in 2013.
He aims plenty of disparaging remarks at WoW's
accessibility formula and its mandate to acquire casual players by streamlining or omitting traditional MMORPG systems. "And it worked. Players came in droves, millions of them," Kern writes. "But at what cost? Sometimes I look at WoW
and think 'what have we done?' I think I know. I think we killed a genre."
Kern goes on to lament the lack of difficulty inherent in post-WoW
MMOs, and naturally he says that Firefall
has found just the right balance between accessibility and challenge. He also says that the game's crafting system is "one of the deepest and most complex of any MMO, having more in common with the well-loved crafting system of the original Star Wars Galaxies
than the simplified crafting systems of current MMOs."