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The timing of Camelot Unchained is impecable. MMOs that are releasing are becoming stale, and trying to be the next big thing.
Do they need to be? I don't think so. Should Camelot Unchained become a title of success within it's genre and the type of players Mark Jacobs and staff hope that it hits, it will be a fairly big statement in the world of MMO's.
You see these games with hundreds of millions of dollars spent and all this stuff getting thrown into it, and yet you don't see where that hundreds of millions of dollars went. It's incredibly refreshing to see a developer say "I'm not trying to win over the world, I want my players to love this game like no other, and I want to cater to a specific set of players that enjoy this style of game. We don't need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to be successful"
In a recent stream that Grakulen did for DAoC, Talal mentioned that the overall cost of DAoC was less than what they spent on just the trailer for WAR. That is amazing! The amount of money spent on a hype device these days is staggering.
So we now enter MMO's of the future. Obviously trying to copy WoW's success is futile, people and developers alike now know this. But why try to be the next WoW? A game can be successful with only a few thousand to hundred thousand players. DAoC is a testament of time.
However, like all things that go too long, there needs to be an end. TV shows are often ruined by running too long, they become stupid and fans hate them after they run on for 10 seasons. Do games have the same problem? Are they developed to a point that fans begin to hate the title?
Perhaps it is a bit different for games. I for one still love DAoC very much. And while I don't think CU will be the end of DAoC, it's hard to ignore the impact it will make on the title. Mark Jacobs has done some pretty amazing stuff. Also, some pretty horrific stuff.
After watching the interview he did today, and as a skeptic of this title, I have to say I was impressed. It's hard for me to trust this person again. But what I saw today was someone focused, honest, and a real drive behind them. That person I cannot ignore. That is the person that made DAoC. THAT is the person that has success in making a new title. I didn't see that with WAR, and there were obvious reasons for it, but was still the case.
After that interview today... I'm ready to help this game lift off. Mark Jacobs, good form today sir, good form.