Former Riot devs form well-funded Singularity 6 to build a ‘virtual society’ MMO

    
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MMOs are dead, huh? No less than the likes of ex-Riot Games devs say not so fast. New(ish) studio Singularity 6 – led by devs with a Riot Games pedigree – announced yesterday that they’ve received major investment to make their dream of creating what sure sounds like an MMO a reality.

“Anthony and I both spent many of our formative years as gamers lost in massively multiplayer online (MMO) worlds like Ultima Online and World of Warcraft. At least, that is often how we were perceived. When in fact, we were never lost, never isolated, never in those moments an example of the anti-social stereotype gamers are frequently made out to be. The truth is, in those moments, we were connected. Connected to a vast network of gamers and part of real, vibrant communities where we felt like we could truly be ourselves. Where we felt like we belonged. During those times we developed relationships with people we’d never meet, yet many of those relationships would stand the test of time. That is the power of games.”

While the official site doesn’t have any hard details about the game, the studio told Variety that it’ll be a “community-simulation environment that emphasizes multiplayer and virtual community building in a ‘stylized, high-fantasy world,'” influenced by the likes of Stardew Valley and Breath of the Wild. One to keep an eye on.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Differently than most commenting here, I think being a former dev from Riot is a good thing (internal problems notwithstanding). Being a League player, I’ve always enjoyed the world they built, and at least they usually don’t hide progress behind a paywall like many other companies.
I understand that this mean they don’t have any expertise on persistent games, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this one.

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MilitiaMasterV

I never personally played League, as I had my fill of DotA (Defense of the Ancients) being a Warcraft 3 player (The original source of DotA games, where the original maps came from that League was built off of.)/Starcraft 1+2 DotA maps/beta tester for HoN (Heroes of Newerth, another DotA re-do, before DotA 1 and 2 were made…)…but I do have to ask…what ‘progress’ there really is in DotA to need a paywall?

The over-arching bit is that it’s two sides clashing until one overpowers the other…and that’s ‘the end’. You get various ‘heroes’ to attempt to push with…which is the way they ‘get you’, by getting you to buy unlocks for characters you don’t have…but the over-arching DotA theme/framework basically needs held to or it’s not holding true to form…

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

I was a DotA player too, although I’ve preferred other kind of games made on WC3. Yet LoL lured me in more than DotA ever could with their changes on the formula. Anyway, the “progress” I see on League is the ranked rewards, that once the season finishes, it’s gone for good, and there’s no way to buy it.

I know it’s basically a PvP reward, but they could get the idea right (a dev can make a PvE/social game with seasonal events rewards, and they could choose to not “improve” the rewards by allowing players to pay for it, just make a cosmetics-only store and make those items charming enough to lure those that are willing to support the game paying for something)

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Nate Woodard

I mean. I wish them luck and hope for a true cooperative experience that doesn’t necessarily have to do with stats and gear and that type of forward progression, but by the same token hope that it’s not something like Farmville. You know?!

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socontrariwise

So … PvE? PvP?
It sounds like a fantasy group-enforced game, but with Riot devs behind it I can’t help but think it will be very combat focused. Even if the quote Stardew Valley.

Edit: Yeah, looked at their background and the examples mentioned of what they like to play and not holding my breath.

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Robert Mann

Riot does not make for a lot of trust as a studio… but individual devs may vary. I’ll wait and see what they do. I won’t hold my breath or anything though.

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Schmidt.Capela

As abundantly noted already, I’m intrigued about what they will create, but I don’t hold much hope of it being something I would be even vaguely interested in playing. Devs of PvP games, from a company (in)famous for its toxic internal culture, and that pine for the era when ganking and griefing ran rampant across most of the genre, don’t exactly inspire confidence when it comes to making a virtual world that is pleasant to hang in.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Prediction One: All-encompassing, everyone for themselves PvP.

Prediction Two: At least 2 other from this list. https://massivelyop.com/2019/08/14/perfect-ten-creating-the-worst-mmo-ever/

It’s not that I don’t wish Indie developers well, I support them heavily and do work for one but… as people have said below, Riot isn’t a name you put on your resume if you’re trying to make a world of peaceful coexistence.

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silverlock

Nope I think your 100% wrong on this one. Look at the names their dropping this is going to be 100% co op. You don’t name drop Stardew Valley then make a PvP title.

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Andy McAdams

But I mean, we have heard things like “H1Z1 is the spiritual successor to SWG” and well … we know how that went.

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silverlock

lol I’ll give you that but hopefully these guys are a step above Daybreak.

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Nate Woodard

LOL. I mean, everything that studio represents is like shaking a salt shaker on an open wound. It burns. Bad. However, once you purge said wound and wrap it up, you’re fine to move on with life.

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John Kiser

Almost anything invoking SWG or “sandbox” anymore also ends up using the terms emergent gameplay and uses it as an excuse for shitty development and poor open world FFA PVP. SWG used a flagging system + pvp planets (zones) and it worked incredibly well for everyone. It is really a shame that most can’t seem to recreate what made SWG great.

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Witches

Riot games pedigree is probably not the best thing to entice the type of person who would be interested in this kind of game, but i guess it doesn’t hurt to wait and see how it turns out.

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MilitiaMasterV

OK, sure. I don’t know much about Riot, but from what little I’ve read on here…it doesn’t make me want to get to know more about these people who broke off and went their own way. But the idea is intriguing so I’ll watch from afar to see if it goes anywhere…

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Alyn

Hope is there within my heart-

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camren_rooke

One hopes their pedigree at Riot Games does not imitate the society AT Riot Games…

Cause one doesn’t need to pay money for a virtual society of genital swatting and dudebroism when you can just get that for free in real life.

That said, I hope it works out for them. It might be interesting.