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Cryptic Studios: "Co-operative RPG was good, but we saw the potential to make a better game with an MMO"
Posted: 07.06.2012 06:22 by Jamie Davey Comments: 4
Cryptic Studios' Zeke Sparkes, Lead designer for its free-to-play MMO Neverwinter, has been talking about the why the developer decided to go from a co-operative multiplayer RPG to a free-to-play model.

"Stuff like that happens more than people realize. We had an idea of what the game was going to be, and we started going after it, and started putting it together, and it was good," Sparkes said to Gamasutra. "We enjoyed it, but we saw potential to make a game that we liked better. In the end, you get a stronger product, because it’s a product that everyone believes in."

With three MMOs already behind it, Sparkes felt that Cryptic's internal development tools and knowledge of the genre helped to push the development team back to a MMO. It also keen to keep the "social aspects" that are experienced while playing MMOs.

"Most of the changes we made related to the content of the game and how its delivery is structured, and what the focus of that content is," Sparkes said. "We went from a narrow-band, richly-detailed game with lots of ways for you to go, to something that is vaster, with more places for you to explore and get into."

Neverwinter should be playable on our PCs by the end of the year.
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Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jun 07, 2012
nocutius
"...We went from a narrow-band, richly-detailed game with lots of ways for you to go, to something that is vaster, with more places for you to explore and get into"

Translation: we went from good to worse.

Ah well, trying f2p games is free after all.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jun 07, 2012
danfreeman
Gotta agree with you there,it sounds like they`re cutting corners here.What happened guys, you running out of time or money or what?
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 07, 2012
FoolWolf
More open areas - run around and find items that are worthless enough to get you to buy something for real money?

Anyway - NWN as a MMORPG to begin with has been kind of a deterrent for me...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 10, 2012
herodotus
F2P is the "in" thing at present. Don't be too conerned, though guys. It will evolve into something else....and we'll bitch and moan about that too.