No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 131 – Looking to the Horizon

No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 131 is live and can be heard here and on Itunes.

How ya’ gonna keep ‘em down on the farm after they’ve seen (insert name of latest mmo here). That has always been the one burning, eternal question in online game development hasn’t it?  How are you going to keep the customers paying after  you have them hooked?  Certainly not with subscriptions…Sony Online Exec John Smedly said that Star Wars the Old Republic Online (SWTOR) was the last big subscription based only mmo back in 2011:

“In my opinion, this is going to be the last large scale MMO to use the traditional subscription business model. Why do I think that? Simply put, the world is moving on from this model and over time people aren’t going to accept this method.” – John Smedley

Now 2 years down the road SWTOR has gone freeto-play and it looks like John Smedley had it pegged.  But Mark Jacobs former CEO of Mythic Entertainment paints a diffrent future for free-to-play games:

“Those consequences in a few years will be a bit of an apocalypse. You’re going to see a lot of developers shutting down, and you’re going to see a lot of publishers going, ‘Oh yeah maybe spending $20 million on a free-to-play game wasn’t the best idea ever.” – Mark Jacobs

Jacobs said earlier this year  that his Camelot Unchained project is banking on a small more dedicated player base who are willing to keep paying for the game:

“Camelot Unchained is going to be a niche subscription game,” he explained, “so we eliminate the vast majority of people who won’t subscribe to this game” – Mark Jacobs

Last September Alex Hutchinson, Ubisoft Develoeper and Assassins Creed 3 Creative Director, claimed that Triple A games are on thier way out :

“We’re the last of the dinosaurs. We’re still the monster triple-A game with very large teams, multiple studios helping out on different bits. There are fewer and fewer of these games being made, especially as the middle has fallen out.” – Alex Hutchinson

Just a few days ago the game that was so successfull that Paul Barnett called it a freak of nature on our show was sold when Vivendi sold its majority share in Activision Blizzard inc. Did Vevendi see the handwriting on the wall and “get while the getting is good”? Is the future of gaming the console market? In fact that is one of the subjects in the show this time out when sat down with Chris Dodson from 2 Lazy 2 be Otaku.

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Julie and Fran


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