Back in January an anonymous source made a number of claims about City of Heroes’ / Villains’ performance to MMORPG.com, so let’s see how they stack up.
This seems like a stupid question, but a lot of people seem not to really know.
Did you know that you can pay real money to unlock virtual items in Dead Space 3? If you’ve played Dead Space or Dead Space 2, you probably aren’t surprised.
A few years ago, when everyone was charging box costs and subscription fees, buy-to-play (B2P) stood out as being different. In today’s market, TSW’s approach to B2P is possibly the worst of all worlds.
I remember the mass objection years ago to pay-for-betas, where players refused to consider having to pay money to access an unfinished title, but now it seems almost accepted that Kickstarter MMOs like Pathfinder Online bundle up beta access as a backer reward years before beta actually starts.
In the rush to blame Laurent Wainwright for destroying game “journalism” forever, there seems to be a large issue overlooked: Rob Florence could have written the entire article and not ever mention Wainwright. Or if he mentioned her, he could have said, “And here’s the kind of gaming press attitude I’m talking about, the one that can’t even see the problem”. He didn’t need to mention his suspicions and doubts based purely on a single other tweet.
A big issue to remember here is that a successful Kickstarter doesn’t mean a successful project – it just means that the studio raised some money from a crowd of people. Delivery of what has been promised is a whole separate issue.
Going through other bits of info online,my first article about what happened to CoH 2.0 stirred up a confirmation from another source.
The CoH/V community is making the loudest noise I can remember seeing in trying to save their title, getting 14 613 signatures in less than a week at the time of writing.
Here’s a fun fact: it looks like Funcom’s last profitable quarter (by EBIDTA, anyway) was Q4 2010. The company has spent around a year and a half eating into its cash reserves.