CCP vets found new game studio to build an open-world MMO

    
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There’s a new player in the MMO space, and that player is Mainframe Industries. This Nordic game studio was founded by veteran developers from Remedy, Next Games, and, yes, CCP Games.

The 13-developer studio has already raised over $2.2 million in seed funding and will be focused on making an open-world social sandbox MMO that will be powered from the cloud. The hope here is to make a game that can be delivered to all platforms. The title and its specifics have not been revealed as of yet.

“The creative and business opportunity that cloud gaming brings to social and immersive online games is unlike anything we’ve seen on the screens we play on today,” said CEO Thor Gunnarsson. “We’re incredibly excited to announce our air bridge across the Nordics, having assembled a founding team with the AAA, MMO, and mobile pedigree needed to build the game we’ve been preparing for our whole lives.”

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Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

I wonder if they will resurrect World of Darkness Online, a lot of the work had already been done so add some extra polish and it could be launched. Could be.

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Loopy

Keep in mind, these are ex-CCP devs, not current ones. Additionally, the license for World of Darkness was sold to Paradox back in 2015.

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Christopher Angel

Guess they’ll work on something for 10 years only to cancel it *coughVampireTheMasqueradecough*

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John Kiser

You mean World of Darkness which VTM is part of. That was the EVE communities fault largely because they pushed the devs to drop development of anything other than eve.

Vaeris
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Vaeris

Was slightly interested to follow until I read

… and mobile pedigree needed to build…

near the end. Not interested at all in any mobile titles.

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Carebear

Social sandbox? Like “thank you my sheep” , “it was my pleasure Mr Wolf”?

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PanagiotisLial1

I am curious on what they got in mind as the definition is quite vague at this point

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Siphaed

What about Duel Universe?

Isn’t that basically what EVE players want: An open world, sandbox universe game. And its progress is far more advanced than some wish-list Dev team starting out with a buzzword soup and no proof-in-concept.

P.S. Aren’t most MMOs semi-cloud based anyways? I mean, like they’re the original “always online” concept. A few assets downloaded, but the bulk of the game is server based for obvious reasons. So, what’s the point of this?

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Hikari Kenzaki

In the cloud typically refers to client/platform agnostic programs that can be easily transferred from one to another. It’s the concept to be able to be playing on your PC or console and seamlessly transfer to a mobile device and vice versa. You can’t really download an 40-80GB client on your phone.

Less client, more server.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

This can be very different game from EVE – or Dual Universe; and a new studio starting to build a MMO won’t be really combating with games now in alpha, as their own product won’t come out until (we can assume) after 2025. Different generation game.

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PanagiotisLial1

I love DU as concept, but they say to you, you bought a PC a few years ago? good riddance, we dont support it. I practically cant even get into the test with any of the 2 PCs I got(one is just 2 and half years old) because they ask a specific set of commands no other game asks – as a req. So till I get a new PC, DU is out of reach for me

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John Kiser

Maybe these are people that don’t want to have to be confined to creating another EVE or a space sim. Frankly maybe they were hoping for that World Of Darkness MMORPG to actually be a thing so are taking expertise to actually do something like that. EVE’s fanbase is atrocious about forcing the company to literally only focus on EVE development and EVE whenever they can.

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Mewmew

“There’s a new player in the MMO space”

That doesn’t mean they’re making a space game. That’s not what the MMO space means :P

And they mean basically most of the client being on the cloud and the visuals of what is happening being streamed to you. You know, like Google Stadia. The type of thing the studios have been thinking will be the future for so long. I’m still thinking that our internet speeds still have a ways to go in most places around the country before this is a reality. Or at least before it is a popular reality.

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Hikari Kenzaki

” open-world social sandbox MMO that will be powered from the cloud”

Quick! We need some more buzzwords, stat!

I wish them well, but come on…

Hexapodia
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Hexapodia

Spatial…. wait for it…. OS

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David Goodman

Gotta fit a blockchain in there too I think.

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Siphaed

Yep, noticed that buzz word soup and was like “oh boy, this show will be entertaining”. My other initial reaction was: ‘Eww‘.

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Arktouros

See you in 7 years…

Godnaz
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Godnaz

will be focused on making an open-world social sandbox MMO that will be powered from the cloud.

I hope the former CCP term for ‘social’ is not force PvP.