The folks working on Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds MMO provide clues into what it’ll be

    
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No screenshots yet, obviously.

If like many hardcore MMORPG players you’re keeping half an eye on the very early MMO development at Playable Worlds, the studio Raph Koster founded last year, then you might wanna spend a bit of time this week soaking up a video by YouTuber and friend-of-the-site Napyet.

Nap’s done a lot of digging into the company and the developers Koster’s brought on board the team, specifically to speculate on what possible directions the MMO itself might go. For example, he plucks out the game’s lead designer, who has an extensive tabletop RPG design career in addition to online games experience, as well as the lead character artist, whose games have traditionally been more stylized than realistic. Those clues are important chiefly because of the fair concern that Playable Worlds might wind up making another game-platform rather than a game, more akin to Koster’s experimental (and now sunsetted) Metaplace than to his classic sandbox MMORPGs. But the staff roster, in combination with Koster’s commentary about his ambitions for the title, suggests something more like an evolution of online gaming rather than a pitstop.

The whole video is down below for your musing. Enjoy!

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hooby _

Raph Koster actually posts more or less regularly on this Discord: https://discord.gg/P8CMUUeg

He doesn’t talk about the game per se – but he’s said quite a bit already about his views on MMOs and game design and such.

And that does of course tell you something about the direction they are going with their game, even if they are still keeping the silence on any specifics.

Best place to stay informed as of now ;)

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rk70534

We have until around 2026 the earliest to wait to see the finished product! ;)

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Bryan Correll

This is just a trick by Bree to get us to watch her Ultima Online footage!

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Lol! 😜👍

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Interesting. Thanks you Napyet for investigating this. Also, I’m fan of Greg Costikyan dating back to his works in the 1980s. :) Looks like a solid foundational team.

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Fisty

Same. I still play the West End Games Star Wars RPG he designed.

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Good fun and good memories with West End Games Star Wars and Paranoia as well. :)

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Phubarrh

Paranoia? Toon? Yes please!

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Phubarrh

This reminded me to look up the Paranoia CRPG that I saw previewed by RPS two years ago, and the news isn’t good. Apparently it hit the Epic Games Store a year ago, then within two months vanished without a trace (just a 404 page in the Epic storefront). Complete radio silence since then. Studio difficulties? Rights issues? Who knows? It’s still got a placeholder in Steam.

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Tee Parsley

Man, I remember Greg from the wee sprat fanzine days! Good to hear.

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Time flies. Seems just like yesterday I was hanging out at the local game shop in the evening after a day down at the beach surfing and knee boarding. Odd to realize that’s forty plus years gone now. (sigh)