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General: MMOWTF: Along Came a Merger

DanaDana Halifax, NSPosts: 2,415Member

CCP Games and White Wolf are now married. Fortier looks at their union and muses on who might be next in his weekly column.




How could I pass up an opportunity like this? While mergers are becoming more and more common as we spiral toward Cyberpunk, the most recent amalgamation between Crowd Control Productions (CCP, creators of EVE Online) and White Wolf Publishing (the second largest pen and paper RPG maker) made me stop and think. What other companies who might want a slice of a related industry would be looking to join forces with (or swallow whole) another company with a strong history and tools in the field? This week in MMOWTF I'm going to dig up some details behind this deal and speculate on the next big corporate fusion.

The full column is here.

Dana Massey
Formerly of MMORPG.com
Currently Lead Designer for Bit Trap Studios

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  • scaramooshscaramoosh rhhdhfPosts: 3,424Member
    Sony and Microsoft, now that would be funny :D

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  • malachidarkmalachidark Leesburg, FLPosts: 93Member

    Originally posted by scaramoosh
    Sony and Microsoft, now that would be funny :D
    hell yeah it would. i wonder what kind of MMORPG they'd put out...would probably be like the Halo guy would give you a quest to go kill 10 Gungans lol!


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  • VideoXPGVideoXPG Tempe, AZPosts: 268Member
    Mergers seem to happen everywhere these days, there is a potential merger between America West and Delta Airlines in the works. Although a lot of those merger ideas in the article are a little farfetched, but if business has shown us anything, it is that anything can happen.


  • MustasioMustasio Houston, TXPosts: 9Member

    I'm not crazy about Eve, but I do think it's well done.  I really like the sound of this merger.  I loved VtM:Bloodlines, and I love the whole World of Darkness, but I'm not into P&P and tabletop stuff.  And now Tulga seems to have given up completely on Dark World Online.

    Bring on the world of darkness MMO! image

    -Mustasio


  • ZorvanZorvan nowhere, CAPosts: 8,912Member


    Originally posted by malachidark

    Originally posted by scaramoosh
    Sony and Microsoft, now that would be funny :D
    hell yeah it would. i wonder what kind of MMORPG they'd put out...would probably be like the Halo guy would give you a quest to go kill 10 Gungans lol!



    That wouldn't be a merger, that would be a takeover. Bill would fire everybody at Sony::::02:: Then he'd find a way to have Commando's lead by Master Chief to kill all Jedi::::18::

  • CopelandCopeland Overland Park, KSPosts: 1,955Member


    Originally posted by Zorvan
    Originally posted by malachidarkOriginally posted by scaramoosh
    Sony and Microsoft, now that would be funny :D
    hell yeah it would. i wonder what kind of MMORPG they'd put out...would probably be like the Halo guy would give you a quest to go kill 10 Gungans lol!



    That wouldn't be a merger, that would be a takeover. Bill would fire everybody at Sony::::02:: Then he'd find a way to have Commando's lead by Master Chief to kill all Jedi::::18::


    Bill is no longer involved in the day to day operations of MS.

  • ZorvanZorvan nowhere, CAPosts: 8,912Member


    Originally posted by Copeland
    Originally posted by Zorvan
    Originally posted by malachidarkOriginally posted by scaramoosh
    Sony and Microsoft, now that would be funny :D
    hell yeah it would. i wonder what kind of MMORPG they'd put out...would probably be like the Halo guy would give you a quest to go kill 10 Gungans lol!



    That wouldn't be a merger, that would be a takeover. Bill would fire everybody at Sony::::02:: Then he'd find a way to have Commando's lead by Master Chief to kill all Jedi::::18::


    Bill is no longer involved in the day to day operations of MS.


    Yeah, I know. He's "retiring". No matter what, he's still the boss. Just now, someone else will have to take the heat::::02::

  • Lukane77Lukane77 Tampa, FLPosts: 32Member

    Hehe, I love this guy. 

    Nice article dood.

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  • EnforcerdudeEnforcerdude New albany, NEPosts: 6Member
    Yay for Vampire MMOs!
  • ljfsevenljfseven Houma, LAPosts: 65Member
    Microsoft + Sony= Control over the East and West, world domination anyone?
  • KaldraniKaldrani osloPosts: 9Member
    CCP & WW are two indie companies that seem more interested in making kickass games than anything else....  This merger is the most exciting gaming news this year.
  • ZorvanZorvan nowhere, CAPosts: 8,912Member


    Originally posted by Kaldrani
    CCP & WW are two indie companies that seem more interested in making kickass games than anything else.... This merger is the most exciting gaming news this year.

    And there lies the whole point of the matter. Both companies know what they are doing; in their own respective areas. However, here's what I see: WW will make a really great card game out of EVE. But whether or not that favor is returned from CCP's end by bringing one of WW's creations online successfully is another matter.

    There's a big difference between EVE and a full, living, breathing 3D mmo with creatures, humans, vampires, werewolves, etc. running around interacting, changing clothing, being more than a painted backdrop with spaceships being autopiloted along a linear line.

    As far as this merger goes, I do have high hopes for it. As to whether CCP can deliver is something we will all have to wait and see.

  • chlaoschlaos Meridian, MSPosts: 1,118Member

    I have been begging for a Vampire: The Masquerade MMO for years now, so this is very exciting to me.   I dont play EVE, but from everything I read it is a well made game.   Here praying for a very dark, persisitent sandbox with bunches of vampires running around sucking on some blood.  

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  • MinscMinsc Burford, ONPosts: 1,271Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Zorvan
    Originally posted by Kaldrani
    CCP
    & WW are two indie companies that seem more interested in making
    kickass games than anything else.... This merger is the most exciting
    gaming news this year.

    And there lies the
    whole point of the matter. Both companies know what they are doing; in
    their own respective areas. However, here's what I see: WW will make a
    really great card game out of EVE. But whether or not that favor is
    returned from CCP's end by bringing one of WW's creations online
    successfully is another matter.

    There's a big difference
    between EVE and a full, living, breathing 3D mmo with creatures,
    humans, vampires, werewolves, etc. running around interacting, changing
    clothing, being more than a painted backdrop with spaceships being
    autopiloted along a linear line.

    As far as this merger goes, I
    do have high hopes for it. As to whether CCP can deliver is something
    we will all have to wait and see.


    Well that's
    why they are developing the avatar technology for use in EVE first, to
    get it ready for when they make the WoD MMO. Win-Win situation for
    everybody IMO.


  • FionFion Montour Falls, NYPosts: 2,351Member
    Wait wait, did the author of the article just say that Redemption was a 'faithfull conversion' of the WoD? HAHAHAHAHA! What a good laugh. While the single player story was fairly good, multiplayer was a bit before it's time. In terms of it's resemblance to the PnP game, there practicly wasn't one. ESPECIALLY in the single player portion of the game where you must kill 400 vampires and learn 30 different sets of powers, or Disciplines.

    Now if he ment to say Bloodlines, not Redemption, I agree ;) Bloodlines was fantastic.

    As to a WoD MMOG. WOOT. It'll most suredly be in their new edition, which is quite different and not nearly as successful or liked. But hell I'd still play it for years to come. Scratch that.. I WILL be playing it for years to come.



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