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Looks like 2019 will be a bit of a race

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  • KyleranKyleran Member LegendaryPosts: 34,576
    edited August 2018
    Scot said:
    Quizzical said:
    Mendel said:
    Other, I'm sure some early access MMO will popup on Steam from out of nowhere. :smile:
    I'm not quite certain that MMO developers can keep their mouths shut long enough to have realistically created most of an MMO.  My guess is that games releasing in 2019 will have had to have started in 2016 or earlier.

    But you're probably right, one will appear on Steam and it will definitely be out of nowhere.
    You say that as though MMO developers have to create most of an MMO before they can release it in early access.
    My concern is that that gaming studios are looking at what indies are doing and thinking, "why don't we have some of that"? They already are to an extent, we had the cash shop open for sales before the game is launched at least a decade ago. But this more formalised paying while still in a state of development may end up being the norm. Every dodgy revenue practice ever thought up starts in one game and ends up in every game going, so no reason to think this won't happen.
    Larger studios are definitely are copying indies, Funcom did it with Conan Exiles, (charging money for buggy, half finished early access, see Rust or Ark) now Bethesda's Fallout 76 is selling early access, no wipe beta release, a trick definitely lifted from the indies. (See SotA, CF, many others) 

    I am positive the established Devs and publishers are watching Star Citizen with great interest trying to figure out a way to tap into that market of consumer willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to gain entry to an early access game, with no actual delivery date for a finished game ever confirmed.

    Almost $200M in free cash to create a game is a very strong lure, and it won't surprise me if one day a studio like Electronic Arts offers some sort or crowd funding "opportunity ", so gamers can have a voice or feel invested in a games direction or for "extras" above and beyond the base game. (See Ashes for this pitch) 


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  • DarkswormDarksworm Member RarePosts: 990
    Half of those games will be dead within a year of release.  It's not much of a race.  People are just desperate because things seem stagnant for them.
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