So I was browsing for some information about EQ Next and found this article: http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/10/20/soe-live-2012-john-smedley-on-eq-next-and-soes-future/#continued
Now when I read this I quickly realized I agree with a lot of it and I really wish Yoshi was thinking at least a little bit along the same lines. I completely understand why Yoshi is deciding to take the safe route and do what everyone else has done, which has worked fine, but I still can't help but feel like Yoshi could have made a better game if he looked more towards the future of the genre.
In a sense this is the legacy of 1.0 I feel. Not only was it such a bad game it hurt SE and FF directly in a lot of ways, but now it is holding SE back simply because they can't afford to fail again, and frankly trying to do something new is always a risk. Now I am not really saying Yoshi couldn't or doesn't feel the same way, but I do feel like he can't afford to risk anything at all, he has to go the safest route possible even if this might mean a game that isn't as good as it could have been. SE needs to get their reputation back on track so they are given a chance by the players if they ever make a new mmo and right now that just seems to mean make a game that is just as good as the others because it is like the others.
I honestly think that if Yoshi had gotten to do 1.0 with the resources of ARR and enough time he would have done a few things differently compared to what ARR is. Of course this is just speculation, but I think he realizes just as much as John Smedley that the mmo genre is going to start changing (I personally think with EQ Next and Project Titan at the forefront) and the way ARR is shaping up to be it will be a part of the older generation which is sad if you ask me. For the record I don't think every new mmo will be sandbox, that isn't what I am saying.
Now I probably sound super negative which isn't really my intention, I think with the last few years standards ARR will be a decent mmo which will pull some decent numbers if it can overcome its bad reputation after 1.0. As a FF fan though and as someone who feels the genre has been stagnant for too long I wish ARR could afford to be something more.
I realize a lot of you probably don't agree and I don't mind, this is just how I feel about it all, but I do think it was an interesting interview either way that talks about not just EQ, but about the genre as a whole and different related things. Worth a read imo... even if it is John Smedley ;)
PS Sorry if the subject is confusing or bad I just couldn't think of a good one tbh... <.<
Edited, Mar 23rd 2013 7:49am by Belcrono