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The Business Models for MMORPGs Must Evolve


Let’s review what we’ve seen in recent years. In 2008, we witnessed the failure of 2 hugely-hyped titles: Warhammer Online and Age of Conan. Mythic cut 4 of the 6 capital cities and 4 of the 24 classes just before

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, PVE, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

GDC as a Bellweather: the Gaming Industry is Shifting Towards F2P and Cross-Platform


The Game Developers Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. As the target audience is not the gaming public, the focus and feel of GDC is very different from other recent conferences that we attended, such

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, Guild Wars 2, LOTRO, RIFT, SWTOR, World of Warcraft

2011 = Bounceback Year for the MMORPG Industry


Back in January 2010, I predicted that Social Gaming may kill the traditional MMORPG industry. This was after the spectacular failures of two huge IPs that launched in late 2008: Warhammer Online (WAR) Age of Conan (AoC) The developers for

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

Trion’s Balance Update Shows They Get It


Trion shared their proposed class/spec balance update today, and they are planning to: Re-work (balance) Pyro Mage’s Ground of Strength. It its current incarnation GoS provides total CC immunity indefinitely for the Mage plus the ability for their spells to

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, PVP, RIFT, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft

Trion’s Launch of Rift is a Model for the MMO Market


I’ve played Rift since Head Start to level 33, and in my opinion Rift is the best MMORPG launch I’ve experienced in the past 5 years, a span which includes the following titles: Warhammer Online Aion Allods Online Rift Rift’s

Posted in Aion, Allods Online, Business Analysis, RIFT, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft
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