SOE’s Next MMO Won’t be Sci-Fi, President Explains Why

John Smedley talks about the popularity of sci-fi worldwide.

Posted By | On 05th, Feb. 2014

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Sony Online Entertainment may have its hands full managing Planetside 2 – including porting the game to the PlayStation 4 – and Everquest Next but the company still has plans for a new MMO down the line.

After teasing as much in a recent Reddit AMA, SOE president John Smedley took to Twitter to clarify just why their next game wouldn’t be a sci-fi title.

“So the SWG [Star Wars Galaxies] fans seem to hate the ideas I’ve mentioned if they aren’t in a sci-fi game. Ok. My bad I guess. thought they might like it.” He then added the reason why it wouldn’t be a sci-fi MMO. “The reason why? Sci-fi is not popular worldwide. Go to China and you’ll find it’s not real big there. not sure why exactly.”

As of now, it seems this unannounced MMO could be a free to play game. When told that most good MMOs required subscription fees, Smedley replied, “No, they don’t.” Stay tuned for more.


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