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I've been tossing around the idea with friends of mine in the industry about how the average player would react to an MMORPG developed in Beta via blog posts, twitter feeds, and forums for major development points such as graphics, models, animations, sound, gameplay mechanics, and their aimed "goal" for the product.
However, the twist would be that said product would be done completely WITHOUT an NDA, and Beta participants would be allowed to livestream, post, screenshot, and talk about anything relating to the game. Sort of a "What would happen" scenario from a development point of view if the developers aim for a goal & stick with it while at the same time allowing for MINIMAL input from the interested user base.
We all know there won't be a singular MMO that swallows up the entire market. So what would happen if "hype" was created from solid interactable information rather than merely hearsay and kindly spun words from the PR staff or Lead Developers in interviews?
Do you believe that the average community for Massively Multiplayer Online games are able to comprehend the idea without exploding over key design changes during developement (a well known action in product developement)?
The Theory of Conservative Conservation of Ignorant Stupidity:
Having a different opinion must mean you're a troll.