Devs from Blizzard and SOE form San Diego-based studio Molten Games
Posted: 24.07.2013 17:36 by Comments: 1
Former developers from Blizzard and Sony Online Entertainment have formed their own free-to-play AAA MMORPG studio Molten Games, based out of San Diego, CA. The key devs in the new company are former Blizzard senior director Paul Della Bitta and former SOE and Relic Entertainment lead designer Blaine Smith.

The studio is being backed by major MMO publisher NCSoft.

When asked about the studio's claim of developing "AAA" MMO's, Della Bitta explained, "AAA to us is really an identifier for quality. With the advent of mobile and social games, some gamers are starting to associate free-to-play with games that don't have the depth or overall quality level that was expected of a PC or console title of the past. This is a game that you would have happily paid $60 for at retail. We're just trying to take advantage of the free-to-play model, but we want people to have the same expectation of quality they would if they went and bought a $60 console game at the store."

The studio hasn't announced any projects yet - stay tuned.
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By Voqar (SI Core Veteran) on Jul 25, 2013
F2P sucks. AAA and F2P can't be in the same sentence, because any MMO that's F2P can't be AAA. P2W, company facilitated currency exchange (aka gold buying = cheating), and cash shops - none of that yields a AAA experience no matter what else they do.