Firefox Creator Shows Off Tech Demo MMO Browserquest
Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox Web browser, has created a new technology called WebSockets that allows browsers maintain connections to remote servers. To show it off, the company whipped up a slightly thin but interesting browser-based MMO called Browserquest, and it’s actually pretty impressive. You can check it out right here.
Because it’s a tech demo, there’s not a lot going on in Browserquest, although it has a lush 16-bit art style and is full of NPCs with whom players can interact. It’s missing pretty much all story and there are a lot of other elements that have been left out, but the gist of the demo is this: with HTML 5, browsers can handle MMOs pretty handily.
The other cool thing about Browserquest is just how platform-agnostic it is. Since it’s based in HTML 5, just about everything can run Browserquest — not just PC browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, but also mobile devices and whatever else can run a browser and handle HTML 5. That opens up quite a few doors.
It’s actually kind of too bad you can’t really delve into Browserquest, but it seems that, if this is the baseline for browser-based MMOs in the future, things should be interesting.