Obsidian Entertainment to help with new MMORPG Skyforge

Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth developer to team up with Russian team Mail.ru.

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Russian developer Mail.ru has announced a partnership with Obsidian Entertainment to develop upcoming MMORPG Skyforge.

The MMORPG Skyforge is slated to be out in 2014.

According to a report by Games Industry International, the Fallout: New Vegas developer is working with one of Mail.ru's studios, Allods Team. The news was announced during Russian game developer's conference, KRI 2013.

Skyforge is set in a world where magic and technology exist side-by-side. The game is slated for release on the PC in 2014. No English version of the game has been announced. For more information on Obsidian Entertainment's work, check out GameSpot's coverage of South Park: The Stick of Truth and Project Eternity.

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Allods-Team
Allods-Team

Hello everyone, 

 The Team of Allods proudly confirms the collaboration with Obsidian Entertainment. At the moment we are conjointly working on a project called "Skyforge". Soon we will release more exciting details about our combined workforce, key features and a possible release date via our PR partners. One thing we can tell for sure: the testing is absolutely awesome! The waiting time will be worth it. 

We would also like to inform you that Skyforge will not be a successor of Allods, and that the videos and screenshots that are currently circulating the web are unfortunately out-dated, the actual game is still in development. 

 Cheers!

azureblade89
azureblade89

How does Obsidian keep getting work?  They're a mediocre game company at best, the only good things they've produced are sequels to games made by better companies.

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Seriously, do we need another one? Unless they come up with something so radically different from every MMORPG out there, don't even bother.

Golden_Gonads
Golden_Gonads

I suspect Obsidians involvement will be just design & writing, which are their main strengths.  They'll leave the programming and the rest to Mail.ru

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Put the price for an mmorpg at price less than Netflix then maybe I will be interested again.

Sydrum
Sydrum

pffft... way to go obsidian! banging lucas arts' door to develop a star wars game and doing an mmo with mail.ru instead. the can't be pleased eh? I see ads for mail.ru games from time to time and they are crap beyond all recognition. They make games like Colonial Marines and Diablo 3 look really, really good.

ps: I know they can't do a SW game now that EA has the rights to the series but from a what did you want to do, what did you end up doing point of view...

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Have Obsidian actually confirmed this yet, can't be sure this isn't just some Russian company making up bs to try and get more people to buy their game. Wouldn't be the first time. After all  last thing I heard mail.ru was a piece of adware that invades you're browser and turns almost all the settings to russian.

jessie82
jessie82

if its anything like allods ill pass

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

....MMOS are a stale genre that seriously need to be rethought

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

In soviet Russia, video game plays YOU.

cgobeil
cgobeil

It's all good but what I really want is New Vegas 2.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

So basically I should wait about six months for them to patch all the bugs and then it will be amazing.

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

Skyforge is set in a world where magic and technology exist side-by-side.

So its basically a Arcanum MMO?

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator moderator

Given that Obsidian hasn't managed to release a game yet that wasn't extremely buggy, I kind of wish they would just keep their focus on what's already on their plate...like the crowdfunded Project Eternity.


They will not get a lot of slack with their track record on releasing polished offerings if people wonder if they were too busy with side stuff like this to do their best work on games people have already funded and paid for upfront.

Geminon
Geminon

mail.ru is owned by the russian mafia.... and they completely destroyed Allods Online, which had a lot of promise.

STAY AWAAAAAY

Deadpool-n
Deadpool-n

I don't understand why companies think it's a good idea to invest in mmos. There are very few good/popular games out there.

Adavanter
Adavanter

Yes yes thank you! Another MMO. If it's one thing we don't have enough of it's never ending subscription based games built on long RPG grinds!

Seroiusly last I checked I thought these games cost a fortune? I was under the impression if an MMO failed it cost the company dearly?

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@azureblade89 I agree with Arcturuss... you are clueless. Obsidian Entertainment is the successor of Black Isle Studio. Plus, Tim Cain (Fallout, Arcanum, Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines, ...) and Chris Avellone (Fallout 2, Planescape Torment, ...) work for Obsidian.

Arcturuss
Arcturuss

@azureblade89 ...  How clueless can you be?

The talent at Obsidian has been behind some of the best RPG's of all times..

the_hunger
the_hunger

"I suspect Obsidians involvement will be just design & writing, which are their main strengths." 

^To put it kindly.  Obsidian has certainly not been known for solid programming or bug-testing.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sydrum If EA allows them to do one, Obsidian could very well make one. They don't seem to be tied to some other publisher, so it's possible *if* they've got the time and permission from EA. I'd much rather see them work on their existing projects or a new singleplayer RPG, than an MMORPG.

ioshilee
ioshilee

@moonlightwolf01 Mail.ru is a horrible piece of shit! I'm Russian, and it has very bad reputation among russian gamers. This "alliance" is bad news for Obsidian... 

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

@cgobeil I wnat new Fallout game too, but not New Vegas it was... just boreing.

doi4in
doi4in

@nocoolnamejim Dungeon Siege 3 was essentially bug-free and was running on Obsidian's own engine. It wasn't a particularly great game though.

megam
megam

@Deadpool-n I figure they see it as a way to ensure steady profits. Hell, Blizzard can basically do whatever the hell they want considering WoW has guaranteed them a huge profit for close to a decade. That said, I don't know if any MMO will ever repeat that success; the market is more fragmented than ever.

I'm more concerned with Obsidian stretching resources too thin on their current projects. I hope Project Eternity doesn't suffer because of this foray into MMOs.

R2C25
R2C25

@Mr_BillGates That's why you hire people to take care of the Microsoft gaming division.

When did Massively Multiplayer Online title became a genre? Please Mr Gates enjoy counting your bills, and let Steve walk the walk.

ioshilee
ioshilee

@doi4in @nocoolnamejim Let's be honest: DS3 is crappy... Project Eternity is amaizing, though, they better polish it, like nocoolnamejim have suggested.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@acelogan1989 @gamingfrendly Yeah, as if most MMO players are so goddamn social. There's a reason why newer MMO's allow you to solo most stuff and I believe it's both because most players want that option and that the "social" part in MMO's doesn't always work that well. Besides, he didn't say "fuck multiplayer", so you don't know if he only wants to play alone.

doi4in
doi4in

@ioshileeDS 3 not being a great game was not the point. If given enough time Obsidian can make games that have not only good plot and writing but also are pretty stable / don't have bugs. Something that Bethesda, for example, cannot dream to achieve but never gets criticized for.