What Does Jumpgate Evolution Need to Do to Succeed?

Posted Tue, Mar 24, 2009 by Sardu

Pinpointing the specific elements that help shape an MMO success is an inexact science at best. When all is said and done, looking back at the current state of the industry 50 years from now it’s likely that scholars will still be arguing over exactly what it is about World of Warcraft that’s had such universal appeal in the global market. In his latest love letter to the cosmos disguised as a weekly sci-fi column, Reuben “Sardu” Waters takes a look at the concepts behind MMO success, honing in on how Jumpgate Evolution will fare when it’s unleashed upon the masses this June:

There’s also a lesson to be learned from delivering all flash and no bang. The beautiful images that currently reside in our gallery are proof positive that Jumpgate Evolution has the ‘flash’ nailed down tighter than a coffin full of vampires you don’t want to let out of the graveyard anytime this century. But for JGE to truly succeed, core gameplay elements will necessarily have to be equally intriguing and epic. Striking that perfect balance between the micro and macro can be tricky to say the least, but NetDevil is one of the few MMO developers out there with as much experience in forging its own path. While that in and of itself is no guarantee for success, it certainly paints an MMO picture that’s full of potential.

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