[MUD-Dev] MMO Launch issues ruining potential segments of the market.

Mike Shaver shaver at off.net
Thu Jun 19 10:58:23 New Zealand Standard Time 2003


On Jun 03, Derek Licciardi wrote:

>   - Is the fact that Shadowbane has had a miserable launch going
>   to put a bad taste in the mouths of investors/publishers when
>   considering other PvP centric MMO designs?  Are we doomed to
>   more carebear games?

Is the Shadowbane launch-fumble related materially to the PvPness?
There's nothing PvP about the login server -- other than people
trying to crash it to exclude others from the game, I suppose, but I
can easily imagine people doing that to protect valuable spawns in
EQ or DAoC.

Other problems with server stability, client stability, etc. don't
seem PvP-centric either.  My greater fear is that it'll make it
harder for other rookie shops to get a decent deal with a publisher,
and they don't all have Wolfpack's initial nest egg to get started
with.

Mike
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