Braid creator interested in making an MMO

Indie developer teases that his next project could be a massively multiplayer online game or a community-based game like Don't Starve.

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Braid creator Jonathan Blow would like to make a massively multiplayer online game, though he has not committed to anything beyond upcoming PlayStation 4 timed-exclusive The Witness.

Speaking with GameSpot at a recent press event, Blow said such a project could still be an "art game" even though it would require a larger development team.

"I've thought about making an MMO, which would probably require more people," Blow said. "I could do an art game with a bigger team now. Because I have...by doing the smaller team you get more experience."

Blow created Braid alone and is working with six others on The Witness.

If Blow were to create an MMO in the future, it would not be an art game "in the same way" as Braid or The Witness, he said. Still, Blow contended that it could contain a similar level of creative expression to his past work.

Blow has spoken critically of MMOs in the past. At the 2007 Montreal Games Summit (via Gamasutra), he said that "MMOs are notorious for having relatively empty gameplay," keeping players hooked with "constant fake rewards."

Those eager to see Blow's take on the MMO genre may want to pare back their enthusiasm, as he said such a game "might come a little later." He also said that he would like to make a game that doesn't take five years to create.

For his immediate next project, Blow said he might want to do a game with an emphasis on community participation along the lines of Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve.

"That'd be fun," Blow said, noting that it would be a challenge for such a project, just like his MMO concept, to be considered an art game.

"It has to be an art game in a different way. It can't be an art game in the cinematic way of 'you walk in and here's the final polished expression that's very tailored' which is what [The Witness] and Braid are," Blow said. "But it can still be an art game in the sense that we're really going for something specific in the systems that we're building. The more experience as a designer I have, the more I'm interested in that part of it."

The Witness will be released in 2014 as a timed-exclusive for the PS4.

Discussion

25 comments
lostn
lostn

He's a one man developer.  If only being "interested" is all it takes.

I'm "interested" in becoming Hugh Hefner's heir.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

Don't you even think about making one of those mister! Or you'll be in big trouble!! I want to keep seeing innovative single player games, not something you have to keep paying for. 

annaisha
annaisha

The Witness looks like a cartoony Myst - realMyst specifically.

skabb15
skabb15

Who, exactly, cares what somebody, anybody, wants to maybe possibly look into doing at some point in the future?

dkdk999
dkdk999

You guys wouldn't believe the spasm my face went into after reading the title.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

well, since no one nowadays makes games revolving around multiple or a massive amount of players, and certainly not converts games that were popular as single player to F2P or multiplayer, it is a briliant idea!

Abiz_
Abiz_

He didn't make Braid alone. He worked with a artist. Source: Indy Game: The Movie(dlc)

RossRichard
RossRichard

The time to make an MMO was 10 years ago.

prats93
prats93

Will it have puzzles?

omar_q
omar_q

Somebody needs to make an MMO like RuneScape in its prime (06-08) except with graphics that rival mainstream MMO's. 

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

Oh yay.  Like we need more MMOs already.  I'll just do a little sarcastic finger-twirl with my middle finger.

cheese232323
cheese232323

he just mentioned the idea offhand in a twitter conversation, its just one of his many ideas

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

No no no no no, I don't want hundred of people on screen leaping around with trade dialogue. If you're going to make a multiplayer game, make it like Journey.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Another MMORPG....just what the industry needs more of!  


Wait...

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

That'd actually be pretty cool. In some of his talks, he's criticized the current MMO design philosophies pretty heavily - and with good reason. It'd be interesting to see his take on the genre.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

That's cool. I'd like to see the staple genres of the industry taken on by actual artists, rather than corporations.

ZZoMBiE13
ZZoMBiE13

@dkdk999 That could either be a good thing or a bad thing. Was it frozen in orgasmic glee, or petrified terror? 

Or do we need to call an EMT for you because you're having some sort of stroke?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@RossRichard There is no room for mmore of them, there are too many already and a number of new ones in development. The time and money involved, not just for the devs but for the players, really limit the size of the market. To quote Bilbo Baggins it's "like butter spread over too much bread".

Majkic666
Majkic666

@omar_q or, this is just a much better idea, people should just stop making MMOs