Massively OP Podcast Episode 269: Pre-Searing parties

    
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On this week’s show, Bree, Chris, and Justin mark 15 years of the classic Guild Wars experience, come to grips with Funcom’s changes to Dune, discuss how much genocide should World of Warcraft highlight, and got to the bottom of yet another Star Citizen controversy.

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Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

Holy poop Wolfy – The Azalea Festival.

I had not heard about that in decades – roll tide…water?

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Really it will depend on the MMO on how much it costs to keep it running and how many players are needed to meet the minimum ROI. The classic Guild Wars at this point pretty much costs nothing, so needs fewer players, and a bare amount of income to justify its existence. If I recall EA once said that 500,000 players were necessary to keep SWTOR profitable. Nowadays, Server costs are pretty cheap and aren’t the make or break of a developer’s ability to upkeep their MMO. Like many other businesses, the big cost is the payroll, so the larger the studio, the more players and money they need to stay solvent.

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cyorie

Your discussion made me wonder how much game companies pay for software licenses. My company designs electronics, and we pay over 200k € a year for design licenses for 4-5 developers. Specialised enterprise software can be hellishly expensive.
I doubt server cost makes up a lot of the cost of running the MMO. Maybe one of the people running emulators would be willing to share at least ballpark numbers. I don’t think we’ll ever get any from the publishers.

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Brazen Bondar

It made me sad when the announcement was made that Funcom was going to do a Dune game. I’m a great fan of the books, have read all the original as well as the sequels. It is such a wonderfully complicated universe. I doubted Funcom, as we know it today, was capable of pulling that off. And now we know…it isn’t.

Hey, have Chris come on more regularly. He seems to enjoy doing the show and he’s funny.
ps….not that Bree and Justin aren’t…. LOL I’m just saying…it’s been fun to hear Chris as well.

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sophiskiai

I was a big fan of the whole Dune book series a couple of decades ago (though haven’t gone back to read them since so not sure how they hold up), and also have a soft spot for the David Lynch film version, and making the game an Exiles reskin baffles me because the desert survival stuff really isn’t what the story’s about – that’s basically just backdrop and setting for all the political and mystical stuff.

Though I probably wouldn’t play it if it was an MMO either, after what Funcom did with TSW/SWL.

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Hostagecat

Yeah cause who wants a Dune MMO?

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zoward

It looks like just about anyone who has made the investment in a AAA western MMO isn’t eager to do it again. Downgrades from MMOs to multiplayer sandboxes seem to be the order of the day.