Wednesday, April 01, 2009
With everyone already expecting and being warned of April Fool's fake news, I didn't even try to go for believability today. Instead I'm using the opportunity to toy with fake news as a writing style.
The question today is not whether anyone is fooled, not even whether the hypothetical games presented here are likely to ever become real. The questions are whether you would play these games: PvE EVE and Blizzard's Pokemon MMO. And whether these fake news are a glimpse into a future of MMORPGs in which games become more and more casual. Would we really be surprised if the next Blizzard MMO was even less hardcore than World of Warcraft? Is there a way to break out of the seemingly solid correlation of more casual equals more subscribers? Is hardcore forever damned to be niche, or will the pendulum swing back one day because extremely casual players are less likely to spend a lot of money on any single game?