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I almost missed this one, but the article on MMORPG front page the other day talked about Smedly's comment on sandboxs. What I found inside it made my jaw drop....
To make a long story short, he talks about how sandboxs are the future because people blow threw content faster then a company can make content for it. He mentions SWTOR as having ran out of content too fast and players left, and he predicts this will eventually happen to ESO also.
This is where Smed predicts ESO success well into the future because Zennimax has huge pockets and plans to provide content well into the future before any of us run out of it.
"Don’t get me wrong.. someone with deep pockets can still pull it off." - Smed
Then goes on to predict that TESO will end like SWTOR because of people going thorough content too fast.
"TESO looks like it’s going to follow the content model and it’s going to have a lot of players. I’m willing to bet that it hits the same problem that SWTOR did. Just not enough to do." - Smed
I think what Smed dint realize is that Zenimax has DEEP Pockets, and can pull this off, and WONT end up like SWTOR because they have a full team of developers with 100s of hours all ready lined up for us at launch, with Content updates every 4-6 weeks. We'll have to see if Smed is right or not. My bet is he's wrong on this one.
His lack of will to spend money to provide full content could actually be his undoing if hes not watchful enough to see that Pleyrs who see content like ESO's content as next gen content, might just pass up sandboxes over it, if its constantly coming in and keeps doing what ESO's content looks like.