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