SWTOR’s Success Drives HeroEngine To 5,000 Licenses
It’s interesting what the right license can do for a company. Case in point, Idea Fabrik, owner of the HeroEngine platform. The previously obscure engine was created by Simutronics for an MMO called Hero’s Journey that was never released. HeroEngine received great acclaim as it was unveiled, but even after Idea Fabrik purchased the engine, its only commercial use was in the short-lived MMORPG failure Faxion Online, and it could have simply died in obscurity. Luckily, BioWare Austin decided to use it for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and TOR’s success seems to have vastly boosted HeroEngine’s fortunes.
Idea Fabrik has now revealed that they’ve sold over 5,000 HeroEngine licenses, more than anything the company has previously experience, primarily as a direct result of interest created by TOR. According to the company, TOR’s success proves that the engine, which boasts features like online creation, allowing developers working on different parts of a game to see each other’s work in real time, can handle large games. So far, the games associated with these licenses have not been announced.
So TOR-playing GameFronters, what do you think? Feel free to speculate about possible games in comments.