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Sony Online Entertainment Done With PC-Exclusive MMOs

As time goes on and the realm of PC software continues to shrink, more genres that were once exclusive to the PC are headed over to consoles. Take, for example, the Massively Multiplayer Online titles.

According to the MTV Multiplayer blog, Sony Online Entertainment's John Smedley has confirmed that all of SOE's future projects will target consoles. He believes "the returns will outweigh the costs" of bringing MMOs to consoles, primarily due to the development of a cross-platform engine that will allow these MMOs to run on both PCs and consoles. In other words, SOE's days of making PC-exclusive MMOs are officially in the past. Said Smedley:

"For us, the opportunity that we see on the PS3, and potentially the PSP, is something that we can't pass up on. I would say that we would be one of the early adopters on [bringing MMOs to consoles], and we plan on becoming one of the dominant players in the MMO space on consoles. We see that marketing coming; we think it's there now, so we want to get a good market share there."

SOE currently has quite a lot on their plate. They're working on more expansions for established MMOs like Everquest 2, Star Wars Galaxies and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, plus they're preparing a slew of new, potentially innovative titles: DC Universe Online, The Agency and Free Realms are all headed our way, and will most certainly expand the PlayStation Network even further. But if you're a big MMO fan - which means you've probably never left your PC in the past decade - just be aware that it's okay to buy a PS3...all the games you love will be on it. SOE promises.

10/6/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

NuCl3aR32
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 3:13:49 PM
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Does this mean more PS3 games 360 won't have? I never played MMO before so I have no clue what its all about...

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cr67
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 3:32:36 PM
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You have to have a lot of time on your hands, of which most normal working Joe's don't have IMO.

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MirrorSoul
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 3:44:03 PM
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This is very nice to hear. This means two great things will happen
A. The PS3 will accelerate very high in the exclusives area
B. PS3 will most likely to Pioneer True MMO's on Consules and will have made its big accomplishment in this generation.
Trust me when they do(and I know they will) make an new Everquest for PS3 that can stand up to WoW my life will truly be OVER....GAME OVER MAN!!!! GAME OVER lol

BTW Ben do u play any MMO's or tried any?

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Xanavi23
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 6:13:05 PM

YES !, YES !!..YES !!

That is something i would like to see sir. Sony? DO IT, DO IT....DO IT NOW.

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Jeffrey
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 4:39:43 PM
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MMO's are a lot of fun. Having the unique experience of being able to customize your experience, is something no other game can offer (well, we'll see with LBP!). The only thing that I think will cause dilemma is the fact that what MMO doesnt cost to play? I know a lot of console players will have issue with that.

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www
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 7:01:11 PM

Not me,i won't have issues with payin to play sumn,for Lbp,media molecule deserve all our $60 bucks each,they really put enuff work n need to eat but thangs like payin for xbox-live err year,don't like dat idea, dat money could buy a game,dat is why i luv psn.

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Jeffrey
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 3:42:12 PM

What I was indicating is that, yes the PSN is free, but MMO's often have a monthly service fee to play the game itself. That is why I think it will be interesting to see PS3 owners take on having to pay to play a game, that is, if that is what they go for.

Last edited by Jeffrey on 10/7/2008 3:42:45 PM

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shaydey77
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 5:38:46 PM
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@ BEN:off topic:
Little Big Planet Beta Keys:
http://www.bebo.com/Link.jsp?Url=http%3A%2F%2Fuk.ps3.ign.com%2Farticles%2F916%2F916563p1.html

i just got mine..its for europe only though.I didnt know how to contatc you guys..hope you see it!!

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dillonthebunny
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 5:57:18 PM
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Starwars Galaxies? ..damn i hope we get that!

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MirrorSoul
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 6:17:52 PM
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Starwars Galaxies Would be a DREAM!!!! lol

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Starkiller
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 7:41:35 PM
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Wasnt Star Wars Galaxies Awful?

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 8:58:16 PM
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Star Wars Galaxies ruled before the big overhaul a few years ago. They removed some character classes, pets, and allowed new characters to become Jedis where as before you actually work to unlock it. Which is how it should be!! I played it for 2 years before the big revamp and will not be playing it again until they fix it. They lost a huge amount of players due to that by the way. It's great for people who haven't tried it, but for those who remember how it used to be, we'll all play something else.

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LightShow
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 10:03:19 PM
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i would love to be able to play an mmo on my PSP. seems like an excellent application, assuming there aren't bandwidth issues.

I've kept my eyes open for something that plays like Ocarina of Time, but had all the RPG elements of games like WoW, or (for the preteen readers) RuneScape. I would seriously be spending more time on that game than sleeping.

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bamf
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 @ 12:19:03 AM
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Wouldn't we expect SOE to make PS3 games anyway now that Sony has a machine capable of MMO games? I'm sure the Sony boss said 'hey SOE, your making PS3 games now'

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