Full-on “everything that’s happening in MMOs” roundups are exactly the kind of thing I don’t really have time to write at the moment. So it’s fantastic to find a really comprehensive roundup of what’s going on in the gaming scene.
Spinks has provided just that, in one article – a really comprehensive roundup of everything that’s happening in and around the increasingly huge MMO industry, complete with links to bloggers discussing that news. It’s a great – and surprisingly swift – read:
“Gala Net (aka gPotato portals), publishers of Allods amongst other F2P titles, has been bought by Webzen, another F2P publisher. Take this as another date point on the “maybe F2P isn’t the answer for MMOs” graph. It seems from the financials that Gala Net had been well into the red for all of last year.
Wizardry Online, a new F2P MMO noted largely for a hardcore death penalty, released this month. When you are marketing your game as “the most hardcore fantasy MMO ever created”, it is a fair bet that you are aiming at a fairly specific audience. Still, Dark Souls sold well on a “this game is really hard and unforgiving” tagline so the players are out there.”