Jack Emmert Says, "The MMO Industry is Sick"
Sick like a fox!
Cryptic Studios CCO Jack Emmert was quoted at this year's GDC as saying that the online gaming "industry is sick."
Emmert blamed the questionable health of the MMO business on the runaway success of World of Warcraft, pointing out that Lord of the Rings Online is the only MMO released after WOW to break the 100,000 subscriber mark. In a friendly dig at Blizzard's senior vice president of game design Rob Pardo, sitting on the same panel, he said that other MMO developers had essentially "worked QA for you, Rob".
Cryptic recently suffered the cancellation of its Marvel Universe Online joint project with Microsoft, with Microsoft's Shane Kim noting that only one subscription-based MMO - i.e. WOW - was succeeding at present. Cryptic has since decided to go it alone with another superhero MMO, Champions Online.
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