Last year, Ten Ton Hammer's Danny "Ralsu" Gourley stumbled onto a
little gem of a free-to-play game named Neo Steam
quickly placed the stylized F2P title into his Top
Ten F2P Games list
. Since that time, however, the original
publishers of the game have given up their rights and it's now been
announced that well-known publisher Atlus will be picking up the title
for its new online gaming portal. Ten Ton Hammer was able to get an
exclusive interview with Atlus' Kevin Crawford, the portal project
manager, to chat about Atlus' new MMO projects, including Neo Steam
out the full press release after the Q&A!
Ten Ton Hammer: Will
Atlus' MMO offer gameplay that is similar to what we see in many of its
retail products? Might we see another turn-based, tactical combat MMO
like Atlantica or maybe something even more "outside the box?"
mount will be one of many things players will be able to experience in
Our goal is to bring Atlus quality to everything we publish, whether
that is for the console side or online. We are always
scanning the market for new titles with varying gameplay styles,
including tactical combat MMO’s.
Ten Ton Hammer: Atlus has
plenty of really cool properties that they've developed and/or worked
on in the past. Why did (or didn't) you choose to go with one of the
IPs that you've developed in the past?
Our main focus right now is to bring quality, third-party titles to the
portal. However, that doesn’t mean we’ve
ruled out Atlus IPs.
Ten Ton Hammer: What's
the best way for Ten Ton Hammer and Atlus fans to get into the beta
test and when do you think that will begin?
You can pre-register for the Atlus Online interactive entertainment
portal right now at http://www.atlusonline.com
The beta test for Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent will be up and
running a little later this year, after we put the final polish on it.