In this midst of a newsroom discussion about Hero’s Song last week, Justin, Eliot and I found an unusual chunk of common ground: All three of us expressed deep reservations about the fact that Smed’s game will not offer a studio-backed, official server. The three of us seldom see much overlap in what we play, and yet we’re all interested in the game… and concerned that our only option will be to find a player-run server.
I’m a die-hard modder and fan of player-generated content, and yet even I would feel so much better about the game if it offered a “home base” so to speak, one where my characters are not subject to the whims of player admins. I’m not even entirely sure whether a game without an official, studio-led server qualifies as an MMO or MMORPG. Probably. But it gives me pause.
What do you think — is the lack of an official server for an MMO a dealbreaker?