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Question: Why Sandbox MMOs don't work?

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  • RusqueRusque Las Vegas, NVPosts: 2,229Member Uncommon

    If a company was to develop a PLAYER vs ENVIRONMENT (PvE) and allocate just as much $$$$ as your run of the mill themepark WoW clone then you would have an amazing hit.  Just imagine a Sandbox PvE world similar to Skyrim, with the combat and production quality of a WoW, the Dynamic content of a GW2, and the skill based character and Loot/Craft based systems of an Asherons Call.  The possibilities are endless.

    It's this. Far too many people equate sandbox with pvp, which, in short, ruins everything.

     

  • CujoSWAoACujoSWAoA Nooo, AKPosts: 1,781Member

    No company has put real money into one since SWG.

    And it had the wrong people working on it.

  • SysOpPsycheSysOpPsyche McHenry, ILPosts: 103Member

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     I will use SWG like you because I played it but it applies to any sandbox MMO and it starts with patching, nerfing and additions to original content. Because of the way code borrows from itself, when you nerf or patch content or features it has all kinds of headaches. Rubberbanding never happened in SWG untill the new, faster speeders came in. The original mounts were set to go a speed based on the rendering. Alot of the bugs didnt creep in untill they started adjusting Jedi and other classes, adding stuff like the village.

    Sanbox need to be complete at launch to be fun but dont patch well afterwards. Entropia Universe is another sandbox and they simply add new worlds complete and of themselves but Entropia scared people off with thier business model.

    Entropia Universe - forgot about that one but isn't that a Virtual World?

     

    BTW you just confirmed what I was talking about with the Technical Issues on SWG:

    An MMO needs to be maintainable, changing elements in the game shouldn't break it. After all, the community will be changing it almost non-stop as there really is no way for a Sandbox to be complete at launch otherwise what would be the point of playing in the sandbox (I do understand the gist of what you mean by complete though - it needs to populated and fully functional & stable at a technical level as well as able to be modifiable/maintainable).

     

  • Maddog1195Maddog1195 Shavertown, PAPosts: 16Member

    Originally posted by Zylaxx

    If a company was to develop a PLAYER vs ENVIRONMENT (PvE) and allocate just as much $$$$ as your run of the mill themepark WoW clone then you would have an amazing hit.  Just imagine a Sandbox PvE world similar to Skyrim, with the combat and production quality of a WoW, the Dynamic content of a GW2, and the skill based character and Loot/Craft based systems of an Asherons Call.  The possibilities are endless.

     

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  • SysOpPsycheSysOpPsyche McHenry, ILPosts: 103Member

    Originally posted by Maquiame

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     Smedley over at sony claims that EQ Next is going to be a sandbox

    Ryzom is a damn good sandbox that nobody plays, Vanguard is a very good sandpark that again, not enough people are playing. Want a sandbox? Show support for the games that have the features that you want that are already out there. Daddy is not going to give you dessert until you finish the veggies on your plate, aka look at Vanguard getting new content recently its because people put their money where their mouths are.

    Smedley has said a lot of stuff honestly, may or may not happen.

     

    Ryzom - I recall hearing about that one, French company? Indie that had problems at launch if I recall.

     

    As another poster stated, I spend money as I see fit. I've supported Darkfall Online, Mortal Online, Jumpgate, SWG and tried a number of others. If a product provides entertainment then I'll stick with it unfortunately most of them don't.

     

    Oh yeah, Earthrise, wait nevermind thats not a Sandbox I don't think. Couldn't say, the game barely works (apparently the developer got a deal to make the engine for Fallout Online).

     

  • xenogiasxenogias warsaw, INPosts: 1,926Member

    Originally posted by Talint

    Hello MMORPG Community,

     

    So I'm sitting here watching TV and I started to think about Skyrim, and how much I love the game.  I've never actually played a Sandbox MMO but I'm growing in love with the whole Sandbox style that Skyrim offers.  Then I thought, why aren't there any good Sandbox MMOs? (some say Darkfall is good, but I've heard both sides)  And I thought about it somemore, and then I realized this.  Maybe the reason that Sandbox MMOs don't stick is because even with a Sandbox MMO you still cannot explore the entire world, you're still stuck to ceritan zones or areas.  Take Skyrim for example.  The Monstor's / Humonoids scale to your level.  You can literally explore every inch of the world and still be able to kill something.  If you go to the farthest north point, or the farthest south point, it's all the same.  Could this possibly be why Sandbox MMOs do not stick? Or is there some other aspect that I'm clearly not thinking of.

     

    Thanks all, I cannot wait to hear your responses.

     

    Talint

    They can absolutly work. I think the reason we really dont have one is because developers take it to the extreem one way or the other. For some reason they think for it to be a true sandbox you have to build everything, have no levels per say, ffa PvP, ect ect.

    Skyrim is a perfect example of how a sandbox MMO could work. Just hear me out. Lets start by talking about "leveling". In an MMO you HAVE to have leveling of some sort. Be it crafting better weapons/armor to finding and learning new and more powerfull spells. Its all a form of leveling. But show me where it is in the MMO rules handbook that says upgrades have to make a HUGE diffrence instead of a minor one. That ideal is the one that causes the "Well I cant go there the mobs are to hard" issue. But if the armor/weapons/spells only offer a 1-2 pt diffrence then from worst to best is still an accomplishment but its not such a huge change that mobs would have to get drastically harder.

    Player houseing. I think for an MMO it would really have to work like skyrim houses do. You can buy them and decorate them but not build them. That is simply for lag concerns. Non instanced housing is laggy as hell as it is. Letting people build wherever they want just wouldnt work with todays graphics. I will talk about housing in a PvP setting when I get to that.

    Crafting. Simply do it like Skyrim though I think for a sandbox MMO most people, myself included would like armorcrafting to be alittle more indepth. Maybe add ways to add new hilts or designs to weapons. I dont know exactly how you would but click on this then click on that and bam you have your item isnt really in the sandbox idea. The alchemy in Skyrim is amazing imo.

    PvP. And this is a HUGE one for people on both sides of the fence. Its really a simple fix. Its called diffrent server types. FFA PvP and a PvE server where you have to pray to some god, which enables full PvP. Full looting everything if you are on a FFA server or flag for PvP. Why full looting? Its a sandbox thats why. If you want to kill people there are consiquences (spelling I know).  One is you die you loose your stuff. As far as houses go they couldnt go so far as to allow houses to be burnt down like you can in Skyrim. But on the FFA PvP servers they could allow people to pick locks ect and steal peoples belongings. Again I'm looking at that from a sandbox point of view. On a PvE server if you wherent smart enough to store your house key and its on your body guess what. That player can raid your house if they want. Or the dev could add a way to code it so if you are pvp flagged so is your house thus allowing other pvp players to lockpick your door and steal your stuff.  This is not perfect by any means but it allows for PvP to be in the spirit of sandboxes and not force it on thoes that dont want the PvP experience that a sandbox SHOULD offer.

    Last and not least is world size and content. The ONLY way for a sandbox to work is for the world to be MASSIVE. I'm talking world of warcraft x5. Not only that it would have to be filled with content. Everything from the random quest thats there for no other reason than a lady needs help getting bandits out of her farm house to some random guy asking you to go kill a powerfull mage in a cave. Lots and lots of caves/ruins/towers/mountains that are there for no other reason than because they are. Some of them have some really cool looking items in them for your house or jewels to add to your weapon/armor stuff like that.

    The reason there are no sandbox games is because investers arent willing to spend millions on something that hasnt been a hit like WoW was. I dont blame WoW either. I blame investors for not being willing to take a risk. The investers for blizzard didnt know wow would be the hit it was. No other MMO to that point had even been close to that popular.

  • AxehiltAxehilt San Francisco, CAPosts: 8,765Member Uncommon

    Sandbox MMOs usually let players ruin other players' fun.

     (The exploration bit the OP mentions is sort of an extension of this.)

    Although as an aside, I feel like Skyrim would work better with area-based difficulty.  Free-roam within large areas, but with clear 'easy', 'medium', and 'hard' difficulties to specific parts of the game world.

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  • CeridithCeridith Toronto, ONPosts: 2,980Member

    Originally posted by Axehilt

    Sandbox MMOs usually let players ruin other players' fun.

     (The exploration bit the OP mentions is sort of an extension of this.)

    Although as an aside, I feel like Skyrim would work better with area-based difficulty.  Free-roam within large areas, but with clear 'easy', 'medium', and 'hard' difficulties to specific parts of the game world.

    FFA PvP is what lets players ruin each others fun.

    FFA PvP is not a requisite of a sandbox MMO.

    That's half the problem of why sandbox MMOs are considered a broken concept, because everyone lumps that niche mechanic in with it.

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    As for Skyrim, there are areas in the game that are always easier or always harder. But realize that many areas level lock the first time you visit to give a feeling of consistency in the world.

  • ZylaxxZylaxx Erlanger, KYPosts: 2,574Member

    Originally posted by Axehilt

    Sandbox MMOs usually let players ruin other players' fun.

     (The exploration bit the OP mentions is sort of an extension of this.)

    Although as an aside, I feel like Skyrim would work better with area-based difficulty.  Free-roam within large areas, but with clear 'easy', 'medium', and 'hard' difficulties to specific parts of the game world.

    Sort of how Asherons Call does it.  Close to towns is newb central, further out along rivers and forests medium difficulties, way the frack out in no mans land you can rest assured your not killing rabbits or goats.  Pretty easy to differentiate based on closeness to civilization.  Als oonly FFA PvP Sandboxxes ruin others fun, I still say a skyrim based MMO would do wonders especially considering the single player version has already sold 3.5 million copies.

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  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCPosts: 6,258Member Uncommon

    Wait, how is Skyrim and Oblivion Sandbox RPGs?

     

    you do nothing but quest in them. just like themepark RPGs.

    the rails are just hidden well with the large map and single player (lack of competition that usually leads to speed leveling to the top)

     

    Skyrim is Themepark like the rest.

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  • Nefari0usNefari0us Magna, UTPosts: 36Member

    Originally posted by MMOExposed

    Wait, how is Skyrim and Oblivion Sandbox RPGs?

     

    you do nothing but quest in them. just like themepark RPGs.

    the rails are just hidden well with the large map and single player (lack of competition that usually leads to speed leveling to the top)

     

    Skyrim is Themepark like the rest.

    I've been wondering the same thing...

    Not happy with the current state of MMORPG's? Think you can do better? What would you do different?

  • GrahorGrahor aaaPosts: 828Member

    There is absolutely nothing in Skyrim that makes it "sandbox". Hell, its quests aren't even that good! For example, I didn't like thieves guild and wanted to finish it off, to change the Riften society. But there is no option. You either follow the questline for the guild... or nothing!

     

    I kind of bored with Skyrim already, and I'm not even through a third of it. Sidequests in Oblivion were more interesting, even if scaling sucked something terrible.

  • honourswordhonoursword MarsPosts: 82Member

    Originally posted by free2play

    Originally posted by SysOpPsyche

    Originally posted by Talint

    Hello MMORPG Community,

     

    So I'm sitting here watching TV and I started to think about Skyrim, and how much I love the game.  I've never actually played a Sandbox MMO but I'm growing in love with the whole Sandbox style that Skyrim offers.  Then I thought, why aren't there any good Sandbox MMOs? (some say Darkfall is good, but I've heard both sides)  And I thought about it somemore, and then I realized this.  Maybe the reason that Sandbox MMOs don't stick is because even with a Sandbox MMO you still cannot explore the entire world, you're still stuck to ceritan zones or areas.  Take Skyrim for example.  The Monstor's / Humonoids scale to your level.  You can literally explore every inch of the world and still be able to kill something.  If you go to the farthest north point, or the farthest south point, it's all the same.  Could this possibly be why Sandbox MMOs do not stick? Or is there some other aspect that I'm clearly not thinking of.

     

    Thanks all, I cannot wait to hear your responses.

     

    Talint

    Actually in most Sandbox MMO's the level to power ratio/scaling is typically much more narrow (meaning even a new player would have a chance, however small, at defeating the most powerful player/creature.

     

    The main reasons Sandbox MMO's haven't really succeeded is:



    • Technical Requirements - Sandboxes have incredibly higher technical complexity than other styles of games (that was even true with Ultima Online without actually using 3D environments). Thats usually what kills most of them as most are attempted by Indie developers that just don't have the financing or experience to do them.


    • Lack of Identity - The Themepark vs Sandbox debate argument from the Themepark side is that Sandboxes are boring because there is no theme/story or clear progression in the game. In many ways they are right, the issue is tied to the following reason and the previous. The previous reason also causes shortages in Ambient Events/Environment development - basically most Sandboxes end up barren nothingness for the most part other than what Player create in it which pushes the specific game towards a PvP-centric environment and attitude which typically causes a lot of problems since popular PvP attitude are very destructive/disruptive to Sandbox communities and environments for the simple reason of the Sandbox [actions have lasting consequences] which popular PvP attitudes are generally not accustomed to dealing with. Basically a Sandbox/Virtual World isn't an excuse for lack of events or story or progression, if anything a sandbox requires tons more since player direction is uncontrolled. That typically requires heavy reactive events rather than scripted or planned events and dynamic/floating/shifting progression which is much more technical [AI associated with the Map/zone/worlds instead of just the individual mobs/entities & non-linear/vector like complex math for progression- more problems added to reason #1]


    • Community - Essentially a Sandbox game is made and broken by its community. That seems like a plus (and to a degree it is) but also a major problem for them since Players have Real lifes to live and aren't locked into the game hence the players themselves have an enormous amount of freedom and power to benefit the game and more likely (intentional or not) harm it. Even tight solid communities get bad moods (like after an unpopular patch or change to the game) which can turn an attractive Sandbox MMOG into a horrible one. Population management and a ton of social tools are needed to manage the community, let them manage themselves to a reasonable degree and compensate for their absence when not online [further complicating reason #1]

    You've probably heard of SWG and a lot of negative and positives from various people.

    Truth is, besides Ultima Online (non-3D and one of the pioneers of MMOG's and sandbox MMO's in particular) only Star Wars Galaxies has been an attempt by non-Indie developer to make a high quality Sandbox MMOG [Eve Online has been a sleeper hit but its success isn't really financially impressive by industry standards - mostly it impressed with its survival and it was an Indie development when it started] and quite simply they failed due to technical failings.

    People will say it was the NGE/CU but the truth is the engine & tech running the game just couldn't handle the original design [people prefer to remember the good things about it but anyone who was there knows most of what players were talking about was the bugs/glitches and technical problems and the lack of content]. The design was too aggressive and too complex to accomplish in financially sound way (development and maintenance costs and quite simply no standard to work off of - UO wasn't 3D and Virtual Worlds had too much limitations on performance or excessively high requirements back in those days), The NGE/CU was simply a way for them to salvage the game and that probably did more than just kill it (the publicity of it & discussion of it is Still something Game Sites/MMOG developers are wary of).

     

    There might be one coming though.



    • Blizzard is reputing working on a Project Titan and most people 'BELIEVE' thats its going to be a sandbox game.

     



    • The Secret World isn't a Sandbox Game its more of Giant Lobby game or somesuch similar to Champions Online/Anarchy Online etc. which really aren't sandbox games they are more old school themepark [Everquest] games (larger Open World zones instead of Small Instances) with little ability to impact/change the zone/world.


    • Guild Wars 2 is essentially a Hybrid of the Old school zones and Instance model themeparks (with dynamic event system to provide an illusion of a dynamic world)

    I'm sure others will mention other games



    • Darkfall Online is an Indie Game


    • Mortal Online is an Indie Game


    • Perpetuum is an Indie Game and not even sure its a Sandbox but probably close enough to be considered one


    • Eve Online as successful as it is was technically an Indie game when it launched though it technically not an Indie game anymore (250k+ concurrent users last I checked)


    • Jumpgate was an Indie and peaked at 300k if I recall (lucky if there are 50 players online right now last I checked - Netdevil was bought out by Gazillion or something and Netdevil basically dissappeared - so I consider it Dead) and not even sure I'd call it a Sandbox MMO [its a space sim like game though it meets a lot of the requirements - station building, player/community driven events etc.].

     



    • If someone knows the specific stat please state it - I believe even SWG only peaked at about 750k-1mil users but thats very old and from memory which is not reliable at all [I'll remember something clearly or just have a vague sense of what I'm remembering - this one is a vague sense].

     

    [need confirmation] Meridian 59 I believe was the Original MMORPG and Ultima Online was the Original Sandbox MMORPG.

     

     I will use SWG like you because I played it but it applies to any sandbox MMO and it starts with patching, nerfing and additions to original content. Because of the way code borrows from itself, when you nerf or patch content or features it has all kinds of headaches. Rubberbanding never happened in SWG untill the new, faster speeders came in. The original mounts were set to go a speed based on the rendering. Alot of the bugs didnt creep in untill they started adjusting Jedi and other classes, adding stuff like the village.

    Sanbox need to be complete at launch to be fun but dont patch well afterwards. Entropia Universe is another sandbox and they simply add new worlds complete and of themselves but Entropia scared people off with thier business model.

    The problem with SWG was that they ignored the issues that the game had, yes it had bugs, yes it lacked content, but in my opinion it had the bare bones and framework of a truelly awesome game. Instead of concentrating on resolving the issues they had, the bugs etc... they started releasing expansions, and then due to falling numbers decided to slap a WOW clone engine on top of what they had. And as we all know it was a disaster!!!

    SWG did have falling numbers at the time but as this was when WOW was truelly taking off and of course the MMO market was a lot smaller than it currently is, it is understandable. Once the hype of WOW had worn off I think the numbers would have returned. Heck, I myself have gone back to SWG at least 4 times.

    If they just weathered the storm, concentrated on fixing bugs and deliverying polished content and keeping the original SWG engine than I think SWG would have bounced back and be well and truelly up there with the best. Especially as everyone seems to be suffering from WOW fatigue so to speak.

  • AdamantineAdamantine NowherePosts: 3,514Member Common

    Gah.

    Skyrim is a themepark.

    First thing people need to figure out before discussing sandboxes is probably what sandbox games are in the first place.

    Sandboxes are simulations that work according to certain rules. The player himself has to build the world, which is changed by the actions of the players. The game itself is dynamic.

    Themeparks are preconfigured games that tell specific and static stories. The player just experiences the content of the game, but cannot change it. The game itself is static.

    Questions like if the game is skillbased or if the game is linear are completely secondary. Yeah, sandboxes cannot be linear, obviously; but themeparks arent required to be linear, either, and both sandboxes as well as themeparks might be classbased or skillbased, there is absolutely no hard link between these concepts and how you design the character progression.

     

  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member

    It is 100% down to the development teams. There are plenty of good ideas, but it requires a development team capable of taking a sandbox concept to reality on a shoestring budget.

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 18,045Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by lizardbones

    It is 100% down to the development teams. There are plenty of good ideas, but it requires a development team capable of taking a sandbox concept to reality on a shoestring budget.

    It is true, but sandbox designs are harder to make than themeparks.

    In a themepark you really focus on making soloquests and group quests, you don't need to think on any more people than the one in the group so everything is rather simple.

    In a sandbox you need to give players freedom without making the game boring for other players at the same time. That might sound easy but it ain't, every small thing you add will affect other mechanics and other players, often in ways that are hard to imagine. For one thing it takes a lot more alfa testing than any themepark which means that it will cost more money.

    You can make great sandbox games of course, but a multiplayer sandbox is harder than a single player one like Skyrim. A good sandbox game needs a great team and a good budget to work.

  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member


    Originally posted by Loke666

    Originally posted by lizardbones
    It is 100% down to the development teams. There are plenty of good ideas, but it requires a development team capable of taking a sandbox concept to reality on a shoestring budget.

    It is true, but sandbox designs are harder to make than themeparks.
    In a themepark you really focus on making soloquests and group quests, you don't need to think on any more people than the one in the group so everything is rather simple.
    In a sandbox you need to give players freedom without making the game boring for other players at the same time. That might sound easy but it ain't, every small thing you add will affect other mechanics and other players, often in ways that are hard to imagine. For one thing it takes a lot more alfa testing than any themepark which means that it will cost more money.
    You can make great sandbox games of course, but a multiplayer sandbox is harder than a single player one like Skyrim. A good sandbox game needs a great team and a good budget to work.



    Well, they aren't going to get a great budget. So a fantastic or even phenomenal development team may be required.

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  • Raithe-NorRaithe-Nor Moscow, IDPosts: 315Member

    Originally posted by Sepulcher

    12mil going to 10mil isnt a failure.

    10k going to 400k isnt a great success by comparison.

    It has taken EVE what, 10 years to reach the amount of subs WoW had in 6 weeks?  Are you seriously comparing the two?

    EVE is a great game for what it is, but it is not a huge success.  EQ had more subscribers 12 years ago.  Rift has more subscribers im guessing and its not even on the radar anymore.  I bet DC online had more, CoH had more, EQ2 has more, Lineage 1 and 2 have more, etc.

    I don't play wow, but until someone else even gets to 10% of its player base its laughable to compare them. 

    Lots of games had more than 400k subs at one point or another.  They didn't hold on to them.  That, in itself, is the most telling sign of failure.  Lame facebook games can gain millions of people's attention simply because they have hundreds of millions of people looking at their banners daily.  It doesn't mean they are good games that will last against opposition with the same ad space.

    EVE is a success because it has maintained that large base for a long time.  Time is a factor here.  If we multiplied all the subscriber numbers by the fraction of a year that the company held on to that number, you would see the difference between the two real successes and the others.

    World of Warcraft was a colossal success for a variety of reasons.  It entered the market at just the right time.  It already had a huge following from the Warcraft series of games, which games were superb.  It used cartoonish graphics that made the game seem appealing to young kids and old fogies alike (the old fogies being comforted by the cartoonish look, as opposed to the Doom, Quake, or Grand Theft Auto graphic styles).  Yet it is now losing subscribers.  The world population is not shrinking.  This isn't a natural effect for online social games, especially those that have the 3D graphics capabilities that WoW has (and they can upgrade their engine at will).  WoW is failing, just like the rest.

    LotRO was perhaps a mild success.  Since it went F2P the business numbers from cash shop scamming will hide whether the game is really doing well or not.  Remember, MMO subscribers are primarily concerned with subscription numbers because of the quality of gameplay they bring, and not just because of the quality of development the subscription money might bring.

    I could spout off a long list of themepark MMOs that have gone completely under.  Belly up.  Darkfall is still running and supposedly there might be a 2.0 released at some point.  Other sandboxes are similar.  The chief metric for success is longevity, and themepark MMOs are and always have been way behind in that category.

  • GdemamiGdemami Beau VallonPosts: 7,870Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Talint

    Could this possibly be why Sandbox MMOs do not stick?

    That is unrelated.

    The only sandbox MMO on the market is growing since release in 2003 - it's EVE Online.

    Everything else is mostly just mislabeled as sandbox - ie. Darkfall is FFA PVP game, not a sandbox.

  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,620Member

    Sandbox MMOs do work, this has been proven by Asherons Call 1, UO, Eve, etc. But Themepark MMOs are far more popular because they are much easier to get into and max out your character as most content is on rails.

    In sandbox MMORPGs the content has to be discovered/created and it seems most MMO players cannot be bothered to do that.

    Add on top of this that most sandbox MMORPGs have FFA PvP which further scares away people.

  • kaliniskalinis Dexter, MEPosts: 1,428Member

    Look we understand ffa pvp doesnt have to a pre requisite of sandbox. The issue is its usually a big part of the sandbox games that release.

    Its not that players think it has to be there its that devs seems to think that and as such most sandbox games are ffa pvp and as such most people out there wont event ry them.

    Im not into sandbox games but it has nothing to do with pvp i just perfer themeparks but i bet there are millions of gamers who would love sandbox games if theyd just take the ffa pvp out of it or have servers where pvp was turned off. 

    That way ffa pvp could do what they wanted on pvp servers and the rest of the playerbase could go about there buisness without having other players ruin there day.

    U just need a dev with the guts to do that and not give in the the vocal minority that wines its not a sandbox if it doesnt ahve ffa pvp and they will never play it.

  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,680Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Wharg0ul

    No one dedicates a serious budget to their development.

    And for some reason people seem to think that a Sandbox games just HAS to have FFA full loot PVP.

    As much fun as that is for some of us, it's a sure-fire way to make sure that a game will never have enough subs to survive.

    That..and developers keep forgetting to put enough sand in the box.

    That's really been bothering me about some of the recent releases that have called themselves a sandbox MMO or, worse, try to equate themselves to games like UO.  I have no problem with FFA full loot environemnts, but to have some depth the game needs more for players to do than just rampant murder. It needs not only to offewr other avenues of gameplay but to allow the players of that other content to engage in what they find fun with reasonable insulation from the worldwide slaughterfest around them.

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  • WhackoWhacko Denver, COPosts: 135Member

    A non-linear enviroment such as TES has always been popular, however the model as you describe is enjoyable right now because it's a single player game, add hundreds of players with their own agendas and you can quickly be devoured from the "sandbox aspects".

    Imagine UO (pre-trammel) on steroids......

    Very few casual players could handle that notion.

     

     

     

  • GreenzorGreenzor otilioPosts: 165Member

    Originally posted by lizardbones

    It is 100% down to the development teams. There are plenty of good ideas, but it requires a development team capable of taking a sandbox concept to reality on a shoestring budget.

    This

    Also, as said before, it's because we use to see sandbox games tied up to hardcore gameplay (fool loot, long skill grind, etc) or/and to not-so-popular genres (internet spaceships). 


     

  • MadimorgaMadimorga Atlanta, GAPosts: 1,901Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Wharg0ul

    No one dedicates a serious budget to their development.

    And for some reason people seem to think that a Sandbox games just HAS to have FFA full loot PVP.

    As much fun as that is for some of us, it's a sure-fire way to make sure that a game will never have enough subs to survive.

    That..and developers keep forgetting to put enough sand in the box.

     

    You said it all.  The arguments against limiting what players can do to each other and where because limitations of any kind make the game 'not a sandbox' fire up the minute a game is announced.  Then people act surprised when a handful of dedicated asshats stomp all over the population and drive everyone out.

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