Hi, Chesh. I've got one comment and two questions for you. Sign here.
As someone who's never picked up an MMORPG and has no desire to do so in
the future, I'm still intrigued by the idea of EverQuest 2. After all,
thanks to EA's complete idiocy in the Ultima Online: Origin fiasco, no
popular online RPG has yet gotten a sequel, and now we're looking at two -
EverQuest 2 and Asheron's Call 2. I can't help but wonder, though, how
they're going to balance the interests of current and prospective
players. After all, both games already have considerable fanbases.
Unfortunately, the more devoted the fan, the more likely they are to have
invested way too much of their time in the first game, and asking them to
give up their achievements to start over in what might end up being a very
similar experience seems to me to be an uncertain bet at best.
1. Any word on a PS2 price drop? It's one of two things that can force me
to get one, the other being Xenosaga.
2. Does Valkyrie Studios exist anymore? I picked up Septerra Core a while
ago, and I'm enjoying it enough to wonder if they're planning anything else.
Oh, and the quote is from Utena episode 34, the official Weirdest Backstory
Ever. Although it doesn't manage to beat out its own ending.
There's always the chance that Everquest 2 will allow the player to port his stats into the new system. The screenshots make it look pretty, but that's stilll not enough for me to play a game the centers largely around murdering animals in the forest for XP, Corpse Hunting, and listening to whiny 12 year olds beg for Spirit of Wolf.
1. Not really. The price will probably drop shotly before the PS3 is released or the first of the next wave of consoles hits the market. 'Till then, Sony will try to milk more money out of you than a 30-year old live-at-home son.
2. They do. Valkyrie Studios has a website set up largely devoted to singing the praises of Septerra Core. They have a 3rd person action game set up called "Seraphim", and are currently looking for a developer.
~! A very strange episode for a very strange series with a very strange ending. (Strange cool, BTW. Not Strange-Bad. Aka: Evangelion)