Posts Tagged ‘MMO’

Sony Online Entertainment: Death wish 2

September 16th, 2009

Today I got an e-mail from SOE (Sony Online Entertainment), makers of Everquest and Star Wars Galaxies MMO. It was an e-mail concerning my account for Star Wars Galaxies. Here’s a part of the e-mail:

Due to the overwhelming success of the recent Free Character Transfer Service, we want to inform you that on October 15, 2009, at 5:00 PM PT, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) will close the following 12 Star Wars Galaxies servers:
• Corbantis
• Europe-Infinity
• Intrepid
• Kauri
• Kettemoor
• Lowca
• Naritus
• Scylla
• Tarquinas
• Tempest
• Valcyn
• Wanderhome

It’s ridiculous. SOE is again making a fool of themselves here. How blind can you be. How naïve can you be. How arrogant can you be to think that the players don’t know what’s happening here. The game is just empty, people are leaving and servers are getting underpopulated. That’s why servers are merging. But to market it as a success is really arrogant I think.
Also if you don’t do this transfer thing (which btw is a very tricky process, where you probably have to have an active account, etc) your account will be deleted. So if you don’t spend money to safe your char, then you will lose it. Are they creating another death wish again, NGE anybody!?!!??!

(NGE were dramatic changes to the existing game, which in turn had the effect that lots and lots of players went to other places (games).

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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Will it make up for SWG?

December 16th, 2008

Bioware has announced a new Star Wars MMO called Star Wars: The Old Republic. It teamed up with Lucas Arts to go on this new venture. This was something that I and many others expected that would happen some day.

Bioware had already proven itself to Lucas art with other SW games like Knights of the old Republic. So it was a logical move. Lucas arts left Sony because their partner ship didn’t work out. Their game Star Wars Galaxies had a great launch, but was ruined by mismanagement, resulting in so many game changes that a lot off people left the game.

The new game looks really promising. Bioware has made a smart move by making the choice for graphics style a bit like WOW. This arty, high contrast type of style has many advantages. It’s easy on the hardware, making it playable on may types of computers. The style also has the advantage that it doesn’t get out of date fast. Many realism type of graphics are outdated fast, because this technology is evolving so fast.

The other main advantage TOR will have is that it has a very powerful an wide storyline. The amount of content will be amazing. Every choice you make in the game will have result on your path ahead and thus on your questing progress. I’m looking forward to this game. Let’s hope it will make up for the SWG drama 😉

But we have to wait a while, because the game is scheduled to launch in 2010. In the meanwhile, we have the website to check out now and then.

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