THQ’s Jack Sorenson Says WoW Has Peaked

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By the Gods this man is bold and brazen!

THQ’s Jack Sorenson stated in a recent interview that World of Warcraft has basically peaked and other MMOs are about to get in on some of the MMO loving from gamers tired of the online behemoth.

Speaking to Eurogamer last week at Gamers Day in San Francisco Sorenson stated that:

“However long it takes World of Warcraft to go through its cycle there will always be people on it, probably always be millions of people on it, but does it keep at that peak? And I think that, I wish I could see the numbers, but my guess is that it probably already has peaked – but it’s still a great business. Who wouldn’t want that?”

He went on to speak about THQ’s upcoming Warhammer 40K MMO stating that:

“We haven’t announced a release date, but it’s certainly not imminent and we plan on doing a very high quality job. That’s certainly one thing that World of Warcraft’s proved: not only do you have to do it well, it has to be great from day one. There’s not a tolerance like there used to be, when Ultima came out… All those games were buggy and horrible, and eventually got there. You can’t do that anymore, which has lengthened the cycle for good-quality MMOs. Blizzard based a lot of their, let’s say, RPG characteristics on 40k, which was the original. There’s a lot of commonality there that just comes right out of what Games Workshop has developed – the fiction, and the rest of it is incredibly deep. I think if we’re true to that and do it at a high quality, then people will come. And they can certainly co-exist.”

That was straight from the horse’s mouth, not mine, and if you want to read the rest, click through the link below. I almost refused to touch this with a nice, clean, germ free 10ft pole but I figured you would hear about it sooner or later anyway.

Thanks: Eurogamer

DISCLAIMER: This is post was not intentionally trying to get hard-core WoW fan’s silk panties in a wad – it is only the news as reported so please refrain from bashing the author. The views and opinions of Jack Sorenson expressed in this post do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Gaming Today News Editors, their spouses, significant other, lovers, pets, imaginary friends, game characters, house-elves, multiple personalities, ancestors, neighbors, fifth cousin twice removed, or the evil monkey residing in our closets.

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8 Comments on THQ’s Jack Sorenson Says WoW Has Peaked

bmg0

On April 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I’ve actually started WoW about 3 days. A few years after it orignally came out, I don’t know if it’s peaked yet, but if it has, its going to stay for there some time.

Vasili

On April 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

It’s true, Blizzard stole ideas and concepts from Games-Workshop, and they were sued, and Games-Workshop won. I mean just take one look at the Orcs, they look very damn simmilar.

The Twin

On April 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm

World of Warcraft is unoriginal, but that doesn’t make the game bad. Both sides of the WoW is awesome/sucks debate need to realize that.

RE4LiTY

On April 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I’ve played WoW since day 1 and I believe he hit the nail on the head with that statement. Wow is on it’s way down, but I doubt it won’t die out for awhile.

Sessava

On April 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm

This man is 100% correct on everything he said. The reason I played WoW was cause it was so similar to Warhammer. This is obvious, considering the original Warcraft was going to be a Warhammer game.

Anyways, I plan to play Warhammer Online until 40k comes out, then I’ll be switching to that. (As long as you can play as Chaos, that is.)

Ron Whitaker

On April 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm

WoW still hasn’t peaked. I say this not from a personal perspective, but from a numbers perspective. There are more people playing WoW today than there were 6 months ago. I anticipate you’ll see a sharp spike with the release of the upcoming expansion, and slight decline 6-8 weeks afterward, and then we’ll see what happens.

Everyone knows that Blizzard based a lot of content on 40k. That’s not news.

I do think that he hit the nail on the head saying that MMO’s now need polish and stability from day one. This is the real legacy of WoW. Playable at launch simply isn’t good enough anymore. You need to be awesome at launch to even garner any attention.

Steve

On April 9, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Nice pic, Steph…

“I’z Da’ Warboss, Cuz’ I’z Da’ Biggest!!”

Stephany

On April 11, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Thanks Steve :wink:

I always try to go the extra mile when finding the the perfect pics for my posts.