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Otherland: First Look Preview

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,572MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

We recently had the opportunity to attend a press day for all of the Gamigo line up of games. One of Gamigo's most compelling titles is Otherland, a forthcoming MMO based on the best-selling series by Tad Williams. See what we discovered and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

The Otherland series by Tad Williams is almost tailor-made to convert into an online game. Connecting to an interactive Internet-like source called "the net" people can travel to any realm of imagination, becoming who they wish to be and doing whatever they want to do: Does this sound anything like an MMO-lover's need to immerse themselves into the role of dwarf for a weekend?

Read more of Adam Tingle's Otherland: First Look Preview.

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  • Mike-McQueenMike-McQueen Enfield, CTPosts: 243Member

    Great books but not sure gamingo can deliver.

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  • drbaltazardrbaltazar drummondville, QCPosts: 7,987Member

    i agree with previous post!they get insanelly good title!loong is a great AAA title but gees on loong3d site they are at edition 4.02 and gamiga is no where near there!so if this is any indicaction i highly have big doubt about other title!

  • AcmegamerAcmegamer Selah, WAPosts: 337Member

      In my opinion this game has great potential. The problem I see with it, is that many players are used to of mmo-rpgs being more "on rails" these days. Without prods and guides to lead them down a certain path , the game might not be as successful as it could be. A game world like this is more akin to the older online rpgs, MUDS.

     

      Can you imagine the player chat channels in a game world like this? I can and it isn't pretty, not that most general chat channels in most mmo-rpgs are a sight for sore eyes regardless. Anyhow I know I am hyped up to try it out when it is released. It does look like it will be a game that is about the immersion and journey versus the currrent mmo-rpg mind set, which is all about the destination.

  • alakramalakram malagaPosts: 2,223Member Uncommon

    It sounds good, but they still need to deliver it, we will see.

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  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,533Member Uncommon

    Sounds very interesting.. ill keep an eye on this for sure :)

  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Common

    Looks nice, will have to track this one.

  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOPosts: 4,844Member

    Graphics and art style look amazing, BUT.....Gamigo?  Reeeeally?  tsk tsk

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  • PsyMike3dPsyMike3d AthensPosts: 388Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by just1opinion

    Graphics and art style look amazing, BUT.....Gamigo?  Reeeeally?  tsk tsk

    +1

  • WebzeroWebzero fayetteville, NCPosts: 33Member

    a shiny turd :(

  • xenptxenpt V.N de FamalicPosts: 430Member

    Graphics are very sharp and amazing lots of content but how about the rest ???

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  • OpinicusOpinicus LPosts: 31Member

    Looks interesting. I went to the official site (http://www.otherland-game.com/) to get more infos a few minutes ago but its down, cause of an illegal intrusion :/

  • DubhlaithDubhlaith EnnisPosts: 1,012Member

    These books were amazing. I am not sure anyone could pull it off to my satisfaction, and I am very skeptical gamingo can, not to mention that F2P rarely works out well, but they do seem ambitious.

    I guess I can keep my fingers crossed, eh?

    "Gamers will no longer buy the argument that every MMO requires a subscription fee to offset server and bandwidth costs. It's not true — you know it, and they know it." —Jeff Strain, co-founder of ArenaNet, 2007

    WTF? No subscription fee?

  • shakermaker0shakermaker0 SheffieldPosts: 194Member

    I would point it that the game is published by Gamigo rather than developed: thats in the hands of Real U

  • KrematoryKrematory TVNPosts: 542Member Uncommon

    Well, at least some devs are trying something different. I'll keep an eye on this game

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  • MMOarQQMMOarQQ BoogalululuPosts: 636Member

    Gamigo's servers were recently hacked, and account/billing information has been compromised.

    Not too encouraging.

  • AcmegamerAcmegamer Selah, WAPosts: 337Member

    Originally posted by shakermaker0

    I would point it that the game is published by Gamigo rather than developed: thats in the hands of Real U

     

       Which is why I am not worried about that aspect. Gamigo doesn't impress me, but as long as they are just publishing it I can ignore them. :)

     

     

  • MumboJumboMumboJumbo LondonPosts: 3,221Member

    Great style, but I'd prefer to see what this mmo looks like in venn diagrams.

  • Gel214thGel214th Miami, FLPosts: 180Member Common

    Quarter 3 of 2012? Not seeing that happening unless things are much farther along than we've seen so far. 

    The launch themes also need to be solid and should include a Sci-Fi and a traditional Fantasy area to capture both initial demographics. The premise sounds awesome, with incredible scope for DLC. New areas, new zones for sale. 

    Exciting! But I'm so hesitant to get my hopes up with new IPs . I fear disappointment.

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  • BTrayaLBTrayaL BucharestPosts: 595Member Uncommon

    Looks impressive... waiting for the real thing, it might just be something.

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  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,400Member Uncommon

    The game looks pretty. However, most new games do.

     

    I'm not going to bother looking deep into this until they blatantly tell us the following:

    #1. Will PvP be nothing more than another version of "Battlegrounds" or Instanced PvP?

    #2. How big are the worlds? Are they Vanguard-like, where one can actually explore, or will they be SWTOR-like, where the "illusion" of a large world is nothing more than a painted backdrop with constant "exhaustion zones" and invisibile walls.

  • UtukuMoonUtukuMoon ParisPosts: 1,066Member

    I have read all of Tad Williams books starting with The Dragonbone Chair of the series Memory,Sorrow and Thorn.What better setting than the land of Osten Ard and an abundace of great races and fantastic lore in a world with minor magic to turn into an epic MMO.

    IMO they beat the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin and James Oliver Rigney, Jr. aka Robert Jordon's Wheel Of  Time series all day long.

  • NameWasTakenNameWasTaken Where Osama isPosts: 132Member

    Sure looks interesting, but coming from a company famous for its "Asian Grinders"... I'm not sure.

    Will have to wait and see what this turns out to be... a gem of a game, or polished turd!

  • just1opinionjust1opinion Kansas City, MOPosts: 4,844Member

    Originally posted by shakermaker0

    I would point it that the game is published by Gamigo rather than developed: thats in the hands of Real U

     

    I didn't notice that they were the publishers.  Well, that makes me feel better knowing they're not the developers.  Guess time will tell though, as with every game.

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  • HatewallHatewall Cumming, GAPosts: 120Member
    Where is Wicked Tribe?
  • TruthXHurtsTruthXHurts El Do, KSPosts: 1,555Member

    Maybe the sandbox developers should seek out the asian companies to get them published.

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