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As we begin to navigate our way through the final month of 2009, all
signs point to a new year in which the sci-fi genre could very well
reign supreme over the aging fantasy MMOG scene. Drawing
inspiration from our latest interviews for Global Agenda and Star Trek
Online, as well as a pair of exclusive new Star Wars: The Old Republic
articles that you definitely wont want to miss, we turn our gaze
towards the stars today in Loading New Frontiers.
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During a discussion I was having earlier this week with Medeor, one
our current Aion
writers, the topic of sci-fi MMOGs briefly
way into the conversation. Or, more specifically, we discussed how 2010
looks to be an exciting year for fans of the genre with a number of
compelling titles poised to blast their way onto a PC near you.
Given the choice between the two most prominent genres in MMOGs
(that is to say fantasy and sci-fi, though other genres have certainly
been making headway over the past few years), Id opt for the
open-ended potential of the sci-fi genre any day of the week. In fact,
earlier this year that was my topic of choice for my href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/features/final-frontier">weekly
the industry. At the time though, it seemed that 2009 was set to be a
massive year for sci-fi, although many of the titles I was writing
about back in February and March have obviously slipped into next year
point. Still, that only sets the stage for a 2010 that could rock some
major space socks off.
Thats not to say this year hasnt had some awesome additions to the
genre. Just this week EVE
Online players were given their
expansion for the year, Dominion, which I plan on diving into this
weekend. I was certainly impressed with the expanded content Apocrypha
brought to the game earlier this year, and by all accounts Dominion
seems to be pushing New Eden into even more interesting new directions.
Looking ahead, heres a brief rundown of three of the other upcoming
sci-fi titles that may finally help pave the way for a much more
diverse MMOG market in 2010 and beyond:
Trek Online With a firm release date now in place and the
beta well underway, it seems that Star Trek Online is set to
off with a sci-fi bang. While it was certainly welcome news when
Cryptic announced that ship bridges would be making it into the game at
launch, perhaps even more compelling is the news that STO will include
industry staple of customization through itemization. The studio has
made a name for itself over the years via setting the bar for
customization so high that we still havent seen another title even
come close, though by and large that aspect of Cryptics games has
remained firmly rooted in the cosmetic side of things.
interview with the developer reveals that this wont be the case
STO, which will add a whole new layer of depth to the overall gameplay.
Either way, this is one sci-fi title you should be sure to check out
when it launches in February. Oh, and be sure to tell em Captain Sardu
Agenda Not content to simply break the fantasy
developers Hi-Rez are going one step further with upcoming spy-fi title
Global Agenda by creating an MMOG thats as fast paced and
any action game out there. During my brief time with the game earlier
this year at PAX 2009, I found myself pleasantly surprised by both the
intuitive combat mechanics as well as the general look and feel of
game. With the closed beta well underway, we can hopefully expect to
see GA released sometime early next year which is exciting news for
those of you not only looking to dig into some awesome sci-fi action
but perhaps also feel that the boring auto-attack combat of fantasy
MMOGs is beginning to overstay its welcome.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our latest Q&A with
Producer Todd Harris which details the ins and outs of the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/77458">Robotics
class. As a long time fan of traditional pet classes I have to
that the idea of having an entire arsenal of fire and forget style
pets at my disposal is a refreshing new take on the concept.
Star Wars: The
Old Republic Rounding out the list we
most hotly anticipated MMOGs currently in development, regardless of
genre, in the form of BioWares Star Wars: The Old Republic.
the pedigree of development teams involved and the blockbuster IP at
the heart of the project its easy to understand why. While no specific
release date has been confirmed as of yet, theres been a fair amount
of speculation that that particular galaxy may only be as far away as
next fall. Should that be the case, both BioWare and sci-fi fans have a
lot to be excited about once you factor in the release of Mass Effect 2
which is due out at the end of January.
With the recent
reveal of the final two classes in The Old
the Jedi Consular and the Sith Inquisitor it seems as though
development is progressing well on the game. How well, you might ask?
Today were pleased to bring you the one two punch of not only an href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/77575">exclusive interview
with producer Jake Neri, but also some href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/77572">hands-on
impressions from Medawkys recent visit to LucasArts HQ in San
Francisco. Theyre both well worth the read, so be sure to check them
Do you count yourself among those MMO gamers who look forward to a
predominant sci-fi presence in the industry? Be sure to share your
thoughts right here in the Loading forums!
Shayalyn's Epic Thread of
From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=546">SWTOR
style="font-weight: normal;">Release Date Speculation and Question
Since we've unveiled two great Star Wars: The Old Republic articles
today (a hands-on
first look and an interview),
now seems the perfect time to feed our collective appetite for all
things SWTOR. So, why not feed off some rampant speculation? I've got href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=46286">just the
And it runs the gamut from potential release time frames to
LucasArts/BioWare/EA to Jar Jar Binks. (I take no responsibility for
the Jar Jar discussion.)
Awesome Quotes from the
"I haven't seen any Jar Jars in TOR
"The fact that you put 'yet' in that
sentence disturbs me on many levels."
Have you spotted an Epic Thread on our forums? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=32559">Tell
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New Exclusives and Guides today at Ten Ton
The Old Republic - Press Tour and Gameplay Preview
LucasArts and BioWare have come to the rescue with a flood of new
information about their eagerly anticipated upcoming release Star
Wars:The Old Republic. Ten Ton Hammer was fortunate enough to be
invited to a press tour that included exciting new information about
the final two classes, a guided mini-tour of Lucas Arts HQ, interviews
with games producers, and the biggest treat - a hands on play session
of an early build of the game itself. Join us this week and we get face
to screen with what looks to be the next great MMOG.
State of the
Republic - A Q&A with Star Wars: The Old Republic Producer
BioWare and LucasArts recently hosted a hands-on preview for members of
the gaming press at the LucasArts HQ in San Francisco. Tucked into a
pristine business complex in the historic Presidio, the surroundings
were as visually appealing as the new game turned out to be, and
provided the perfect backdrop for a conversation with game producer
Jake Neri. Join Ten Ton Hammer as we share a beverage and conversation
with Mr. Neri, under the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, and gain
some insight into the development of SW:TOR, the relationship between
the BioWare and LucasArts, and the vision for where the game will take
Down Aion Visions: A Closer Look at the Video Trailer
The Visions trailer gave Aion fans a lot to think about and while the
internet is lit up with all sorts of speculation, we think that there
are major clues in the trailer that tell us what features we can hope
to see soon and which ones are a little further off. Take a moment to
review the trailer then speculate with us! Which of these hopeful
updates do you think will make it in game and when?
New Concept Art
from Perfect World Entertainment's Upcoming MMOG Kung Foo
It's always exciting to get news of a new MMOG, but when that game
claims to put the FU in FUN, you know it's going to be interesting.
Recently, a Perfect World Entertainment (PWE) representative spoke with
Ten Ton Hammer about a new project in the works called Kung Foo. This
new game has no problem with poking fun at other online games and is
hailed by some as the Monty Python of MMOGs. This week PWE sent us a
few new pieces of concept art from the upcoming title and released a
new teaser site for the game.
Today's Hottest Content
- Global Agenda
Robotics Class Q&A with Todd Harris
- Dragon Age:
- Creating Your
Up in Star
Trek Online An Exclusive Interview with Cryptic Studios
Spymaster #33 - Preparing for Dominion
- State of the
Republic - A Q&A with Star Wars: The Old Republic Producer
vs. Budget - a Look at Dungeons and Dragons Online:
Comes to EverQuest
2 - A Sentinel's Fate Expansion Q&A with Alan
with Star Trek Online - A UI Discussion
Down Aion Visions - A Closer Look at the Video Trailer
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