The mainstream success of the MMO industry brings concern, according to Jeremy Gaffney, executive producer at NCsoft’s Carbine Studios.
“From a development viewpoint, the success of this industry brings concern,” Gaffney wrote in a recent article in Develop.
“I worry, for example, that mass market equals mass budget equals risk aversion equals conservative design. The great thing about the early MMOs – games like Asheron’s Call, Ultima Online, EverQuest, and Lineage – was the fact they experimented; they weren’t afraid to take different directions.
“At NCsoft we recognise the importance of risk taking, not only with design, but with business models, genres and gameplay.”
NCsoft and Carbine studios have stated they will announce an upcoming MMO at this year’s gamescom.