Codemasters launching space MMO

NetDevil's Jumpgate will be flying in to North America and Europe before the end of 2008.

Not satisfied with publishing one massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Codemasters Online has announced that it will be releasing a new space combat MMO sometime this year.

Jumpgate has been developed by US studio NetDevil, and will let gamers choose from one of three playable nations and trade, battle, and raid their way up the levels, deciding as they go whether they want to be an elite hero or an infamous space pirate.

Codemasters believes that the game will bring "something fresh" to the online gaming world, and praises the "twitch-based space combat" as one of the features which will set the game apart. It will be the exclusive publisher and operator for Jumpgate in Europe, and is currently working with NetDevil to also bring the game to North America.

In Europe, Codemasters already runs MMO Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, which was officially launched on April 23, 2007. In October, the third content update, Book 11: Defenders of Eriador, was added to the game.

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Warghost2k
Warghost2k

Space sims are great, and a sci-fi MMO is something that is needed, just to break up the fantasy setting everyone else has done. Wing Commander was the best, and it'd be nice to have that much history and "lore" to use as backstory in an MMO. I also read that their IS a new Wing Commander game in the works, in addition to a Freelancer 2! Microsoft is making FL2, so hopefully they'll throw a lot of money at it for development.

Azwhtknight
Azwhtknight

Sounds cool, but can it compete with the slew of other MMOs? I doubt it, but only time will tell. Considering that the plug got pulled on the Star Trek MMO, it might just pick up some of those disappointed fans. Good luck Codemasters.

jogunther
jogunther

They have done a great job with LotRO. I hope they do the same with the next one. Though not many ppl can afford to pay to play anything else.

xd3usx
xd3usx

I played the Jumpgate beta 9 years ago, NINE! It was the first MMO that didn't have to do with dungens and dragons and came out before Warcraft 3 and long before WoW. It was what I wish EVE is, you used a joystick to pilot your spaceship from the cockpit. You could be a pirate and stop someone flying cargo through space, fire a warning shot across their bow. It was pretty cool but not amazing and a bit ahead of its time. The idea of paying per-month was unheard of at the time, gamers refused to do it, and that's what caused it to flop.

Jazzism
Jazzism

Btw for everyone that isn't aware, Jumpgate been around longer than WOW, they needed to freshen the graphics and gameplay real bad, it's like an FPS space sim with real newtonian graphics. It's action packed and takes a certain amount of skill, EVE... it's a boredom joke. Anyway try Jumpgate and have fun.

Dryker
Dryker

It's all about Conan: Hyborian Adventures MMO just around the corner. I hope it doesn't suck too much of my life away.

Jazzism
Jazzism

Yeehaa what Privateer 3 online should have been is coming back :D

Colonel_Cool
Colonel_Cool

SaneQ, Timbydude is right. There is a warhammer 40k mmo planned. Just look it up on Gamespot.

SaneQ
SaneQ

Uhh, You mind providing a link as proof to this supposed Warhammer 40k MMO Timbydude?

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

an MMO of Project Slypheed would be nice. I mean, the game might not have been all that great, but it was an excellent free space sim.

Timbydude
Timbydude

"Codemasters launching space MMO" So is everyone else (WH40k, Bioware, etc)

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

keywords that indicate it will fail "Something Fresh" "Twitch based space combat" "Jumpgate" Look at wows success go for something inovative, space xploration sounds cool but a space MMO rpg would be sick Mass effect to me is the coolest thing since sliced bread and perfect for MMORPG candidacy, C&C 3's universe is pretty cool for that landscape too

rykh
rykh

Man I had forgot all about jumpgate, I faintly remember the beta. I thought the game flopped

Slayer420
Slayer420

This just makes me wish someone would pick up the old Wing Commander series again and do that up right. That would potentially make a good MMO. As to this, I will definitely keep my eyes open to see how it shapes up.. I love me some space combat.

mangojuiceboy
mangojuiceboy

@ excidiumx1 first off, jumpgate was a great game. I got to pilot the ship (got killed alot) and i thought it was revolutionary at the time. This game is being built from the ground up with the similar control. So no Excidiumx1, it's not the same game Nice Icon too..

excidiumx1
excidiumx1

Isn't this game out already? NetDevil has a game called Jumpgate. It has been out for several years now... 3-4 if I am not mistaken. I played it, is not that good. Graphics are way outdated and the controls are a bit... how you say, crappy. It's certainly no EVE-ONLINE. Perhaps they are going to remake the game, or enhance the code. If you want to see the game I am talking about just do a google search on NetDevil jumgate. You should be able to find it.

neal_douglas
neal_douglas

Sounds like Freelancer online. That makes it awesome.

g8summit
g8summit

I bet this will end up being just like EVE, except instead of point and click movements, you central things "twitch style"

johndmes
johndmes

That be the question... Is Codemastersd marketing the original Jumpgate, or it's revision Jumpgate:Evolution? After all, the original Jumpgate's still going as a privately-run MMO - so what's the deal here? The article doesn't say WHICH ONE Codemasters is now marketing...

johndmes
johndmes

That be the question... Is Codemastersd marketing the original Jumpgate, or it's revision Jumpgate:Evolution? After all, the original Jumpgate's still going as a privately-run MMO - so what's the deal here? The article doesn't say WHICH ONE Codemasters is now marketing...

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Eh... another MMO announced? Snore. At least this one is sci-fi based. That's a plus.

PracticalEnd
PracticalEnd

The original Jumpgate was awesome - the graphics weren't the best but the physics and the game it self was top notch. I look forward to this upgraded version.

jamisjamas
jamisjamas

I think there should be a Mass Effect MMO ... !

Nikalai_88
Nikalai_88

Considering WoW makes more money than the whole retail PC gaming market in the US its no suprise to see so many MMO's be released.

snoopy248
snoopy248

True blue Guild Wars fan, nothing is going to change that. =D But hat's off for trying to compete.

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

One more to compete with EVE Online, but EVE rules until 4 years. I hope lot of innovations on this new game!

CodyTG
CodyTG

Sounds promising.

TheDoctorNW
TheDoctorNW

Er...didn't this game come out years ago already? Is this a revamp, a rewrite, what?

warrner11
warrner11

Just so yal know, Codemasters has no hand in "makin" this game. It all goes to NetDevil well known for Auto Assualt witch imo, i so wish was still up n runnin cause i just aint got enough of it. Not a day goes by that i dont miss AA but hopely JG will fill that void for me.

oli54321
oli54321

What's up with Space MMO's?

daniel1201989
daniel1201989

"radbytrade Uhh...Eve Online? Hello?" I think this might be less "click where you want to go" and give you more control over your ship, freespace style. If that's true... !!! Awesome!!!

partytimekegs
partytimekegs

This is actually the new Jumpgate game coming out. And its going to be fairly interesting.

twiztdmike
twiztdmike

Sounds like junk. Codemasters, I can't belive they're even still around.