A couple of weeks ago, I watched through the entirety of Vanguard’s Jeff Butler’s three-hour interview concerning MMO projects that he worked on and the genre in general. One part stood out to me, when the two gentlemen were speaking about a strong desire to see a company or companies become caretakers of MMORPGs that parent studios are no longer interested in running.
“I am a big proponent of games never sunsetting. At a minimum, there should be a subsidiary company that takes everybody’s MMOs and keeps them going,” Butler said.
What do you think about that? How would such a company function, in your view? Should studios create these maintenance mode subsidiaries or sell the MMO off to another company that will keep the lights on?