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Exclusive Atlus Online Interview - Unveiling Neo Steam

Posted Mon, Feb 23, 2009 by Cody Bye

Last year, Ten Ton Hammer's Danny "Ralsu" Gourley stumbled onto a little gem of a free-to-play game named Neo Steam and 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. Check 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?"

The phoenix mount will be one of many things players will be able to experience in Neo Steam.

Kevin Crawford:  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?

Kevin:  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?

Kevin:  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.


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