Archive for the ‘MMO’ Category

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The Curse of the PS3 MMO

08/01/2009

Back when the PS3 was released Sony talked about its hard Drive and its network saying that the platform is the perfect vehicle for a console MMO experience. At the time the idea did not seem far fetched after all the PS2 had a Final Fantasy MMO. But in the three and a half years since how many MMOs have been released for the PS3? Well, if you guessed zero then you win the grand prize. If you want to argue HOME is an MMO then -1 point for you, it is a social networking app not a game. Games like Endless Saga, Aliens vs Predator, The Marvel MMO, The Agency, Free Realms and many more have all been announced and gone on to be either canceled or delayed. And now the latest setback, Joystiq reports that “The Agency has lost some top agents as several members of Sony Online Entertainment’s Seattle studio have left to form Detonator Games.“. Art director Corey Dangel, studio director Matt Wilson and producer John Smith have all left Sony Online Entertainment’s Seattle studio and gone on to form their own studio. Sony claimes that the games development is unaffected but I am taking that statement with a grain of salt. Will the Agency make its 2010 release date? I truly hope so but we only have past history to judge by.

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Free Realms Enters Into Open Beta on the PC

04/27/2009

SOE’s candy colored PC mmo enters into open beta on Tuesday April 28, 2008. You can think of this game as an mmo for the casual gamer. The attempt is to attract families, tweens and teens into a free fun casual environment. Variety is a key feature of this game. Activities include cart racing, exploration, pet training, mini games, a trading card game and the usual mmo fair of gaining experience to level fantasy characters.

If you understand mmo terms such as Grind, Pull, Power Level and Mob Aggro then this might not be the game for you, but the mmo curious and the young should find something of interest in Free Realms. Now you might be saying to yourself “Why is this PC game showing up in a PS3 blog?” Well the answer is that Sony Online Entertainment is no longer under the umbrella of Sony Pictures and has been moved under Sony Computer Entertainment. That means that SOE will finally start producing games for the PS3 and Free Realms is looking to be the first out of the gate later this year.

If you are interested in trying this free PC mmo head to www.FreeRealms.com and join the open beta.

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SOE PS3 MMOs Delayed.

03/25/2009

The mmo has been eyed by sony as an area where the ps3 can shine. Well here we are more than two years after the ps3 launch and the  only mmo games that runs on sony hardware are Final Fantasy XII and Phantasy Star Universe both released for the PS2.

Now there is more bad news for those of us interested in trying the mmo experience on our shiny black boxes. The two most imminent PS3 mmo games DC Universe online and The Agency have been pushed back till 2010.

Read all about it here: Sony dates PS3 MMO duo for 2010