An Interview with Mike Wallis, CEO of Colony Studios
Recently, MMO fans have seen the list of game development companies working on MMOGS grow to an astounding high. Colony Studios is the latest addition to this long-running list, yet they claim one advantage over many of their competitors – an enormous amount of experience. According to their announcement, Mike Wallis, CEO of Colony Studios, "believes his team has more per capita experience working on hit MMO titles than any team of its size ever assembled." His proclamation caught our attention here at Ten Ton Hammer, and we were eager to hear what he had to about the Colony Studios team and where the future of the MMO industry was headed.
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Yes, we feel that the MMO genre has gotten away from what made the "old school" MMOs great: community. Many MMOs are now focused on solo play and that's fine as players should be able to predict their play experience when they log in. However, when everybody is in it for themselves you tend to get a much less connected community. What you usually end up with is a chaotic miss-mash of rambling braggarts and Chuck Norris jokes spammed through chat channels.