Cozy Grove studio continues hiring for upcoming ‘non-violent’ MMO, suggests mobile and PC/console play

    
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Back in January, we covered a tiny announcement from games developer Spry Fox. It’s a studio best known for Road Not Taken and a slew of other games, most recently the adorable Cozy Grove – not games we would normally cover as they aren’t multiplayer. But earlier this year, the company revealed through job postings that it’s working on an actual MMO. Those notices implied the game would be a cozy, “non-violent world” with “awe-inspiring outdoor spaces and intimate village life” – a game “unlike anything that has ever been made before” that seeks to “improve people’s lives and reduce toxicity and loneliness in the world.”

Just a few days back, the company posted yet another hiring notice, this one for an artist. Once again, it asks for “prior MMO development experience” and optimization experience on console, PC, and mobile, suggesting for the first time that this MMO will be on all three. Spry Fox also reiterates that the MMO will fit into its philosophy of improving lives by “designing MMOs that encourage the development of friendships and discourage toxicity.” Frankly, both the game and the studio – which is vehemently anti-crunch – sound like the kind of thing the industry could use more of.

The hiring page and tweet both show another new concept art piece, this one a group of adventurers playing music and sipping… let’s guess tea.

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Jetra_Virsai

About time, I want an MMO where I don’t need to kill things. Let me run about and go sightseeing.

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John Kiser

I’d like to see a game that actually allows that, but also allows combat and other crap. Make it not have a combat focus if you don’t want it. You used to be able to do that in like SWG.

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Francis Baud

Very cool to see a studio taking this direction with a MMO.

“[…] improving lives by “designing MMOs that encourage the development of friendships and discourage toxicity.””

Hopefully they won’t put too many restrictions in place that hinder freedom of expression.

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Bruno Brito

Hopefully they won’t put too many restrictions in place that hinder freedom of expression.

And those would be?

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Francis Baud

Not sure, but maybe things like not implementing a global chat or being able to send private messages only to users on friend list, depending on how hard they want to discourage toxicity.

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Bruno Brito

Most MMOs don’t have global chat, those are a by-product of server-based communities, like Private Servers. MMOs tend to have ZONE chats.

As for PMs only to friends list, it’s easily circumvented and a really bad solution. Doesn’t fix anything, except if it’s required to have a confimation to add to a friend’s list.

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Raidervc

Non-violent MMO?

Say no more. Please invite me into the alpha’s alpha. Just give me some magical little fantasy world, a quiet village, and let me sit at a pub and play cards with someone or engage in a singing mini game or or or, ugh.

I am excited for this.