The world of MMO’s has been (and probably always will be) dominated by Blizzard. Again and again we see developers take a stab at the market only to be reduced to nothing or, at the most, a niche audience.
Warhammer online shared the same fate as those before it, having 500,000 users registered at launch. Since then, that number has dwindled to nothing more than a niche.
An anonymous, now ex EA employee has blogged about how and why Warhammer Online failed as well as why The Old Replublic will share the same fate. Of course we must take the comments with a pinch of salt, but that doesn’t make some of these comments sting any less.
” Old Republic will be one of the greatest failures in the history of MMOs from EA. Probably at the level of the Sims Online. We all know it too ……”
Industry icons like Paul Barnett, Jeff Hickman are all called out as well as the ‘real’ reason Mark Jacobs was fired. He goes on to address the lack of support from EA upon the games release;
“We could not even believe how bad they fucked up the marketing campaign. There was almost none. We slaved for years, and this is how we were rewarded for it by Eugene and the people of EA? Being told that Warhammer was not “worth” a lot of money spent on it? LOL. Now he’s in charge of Bioware Mythic.”
The MMO industry is rough, hell, the industry as whole is rough. It’s obvious that people are going to be pissed off if they lose their especially when they feel they are victim to a larger organizations incompetences. As November approaches, I think these types of blogs will become much more common.
Our blogger is still an employee at EA until sometime in November.
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