MMO Roundup 9/01/2011
The MMO Roundup is a weekly recurring feature where we bring you all the news from the world of massively multiplayer gaming.
Here’s some of the biggest news in the MMO world this week — and a dash of the smaller news you may find interesting — parceled out by game and delivered in snack-sized chunks:
Mythos has launched a content update that includes a whopping 23 new dungeons, skill tweaks, a level cap increase, new monsters, and that’s not even scratching the surface. Check out the features for yourself.
Elder Scrolls MMO
Sorry; it won’t happen any time soon. Bethesda’s Todd Howard said, “I like this kind of [singleplayer] game better. I’m not really an MMO guy. I respect them, I look at them, but I don’t play them.” We can always hope for the future.
Star Trek Online
Cryptic is working on a free-to-play model for Star Trek Online. So said Kevin Lau, CFO of Perfect World, during a Q&A conference call on the company’s Q2 2011 results. The game has come a long way after a less than stellar launch, and shifting to an F2P model may be the catalyst to gaining a boost in popularity.
World of Warcraft
Tom Chilton, lead developer of World of Warcraft, told PC gamer that the huge dip in subscribers the titanic MMO has seen post-Cataclysm is completely normal — the spike in subscribers Cataclysm’s launch caused was the greatest seen of any expansion, so it’s only natural the decline would be just as huge.
Chilton also had some words on the state of PC gaming:
I think [the strengths behind the PC's control scheme] combined with the digital distribution in a lot of ways has the potential to me to make the PC a really strong gaming platform going into the future.
In other WoW news,Worgen finally get mounts.
Incarna 1.1 has been deployed. This release features a number of fixes and improvements, including changes to the session change timer while docking, updates to the Macintosh client and customizable API keys. Full details can be see in the patch notes.
Age of Conan
Apart from the Savage Coast of Turan, 2011 expects to see new PVP world bosses, the massive House of Crom dungeon, and the final encounters of the Tier four raid cycle. As for the new year, there will be a new adventure pack in the first half of 2012.
If you missed last week’s round-up, read about the new Secret World Trailer, Global Agenda’s largest expansion coming in early fall, RIFT’s half-birthday celebration, and more.