Petroglyph's MMORTS due next year

Trion Worlds says Star Wars: Empire at War dev's End of Nations and internally developed fantasy MMORPG Rift: Planes of Telara coming to PC in 2011.

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It's been nearly three years since Trion Worlds first established itself by announcing a development slate of three games. Formed in 2006 by ex-Electronic Arts exec Lars Buttler and Heroes of Might and Magic creator Jon Van Caneghem, Trion announced one of those games would be a collaboration with the SyFy channel and another would be a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy title from Star Wars: Empire at War studio Petroglyph Games.

The End of Nations will be accompanied by seven days of rain…

This week, Trion offered first word on its remaining mystery project, as well as dished out new details concerning its development deal with Petroglyph. Trion's MMORTS collaboration with Petroglyph is also expected to arrive for the PC next year. Titled End of Nations, the RTS features a persistent online world in which gamers can engage in solo or multiplayer combat with "thousands of other gamers across the gigantic battlefields."

Details on Petroglyph's latest effort remain light. However, Trion did note that players will be able to develop their own commanders and establish a headquarters. Gamers will also be able to unlock new vehicles, weapons, and technologies through combat, as well as crafting and researching.

The sentient trees are manageable; it's the rifts that you've got to watch out for.

Of its heretofore unspecified project, Trion said that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game will be titled Rift: Planes of Telara. Described as a dynamic fantasy MMORPG, the game is expected to launch for the PC in 2011.

As its title might suggest, the game's premise is that of "rifts" in space-time that are playing havoc with the land of Telara and threatening to tear the fabric of the universe. Trion noted that the world will be highly malleable, as these rifts can be triggered by players or the development team, and they can also occur spontaneously. Their arrival will apparently alter the landscape, as well as open up new areas for exploration.

Unfortunately, the game company remained largely tight-lipped about its ambitious project with the NBC Universal-owned SyFy channel. The action-oriented MMOG will be a new intellectual property that will have a presence in both the game and a television show simultaneously. It will offer a "shared universe of characters, alien races, organizations, environments, [and] technologies," where the actions of the players will impact events in the TV show, and vice versa.

Trion has yet to officially attach a platform or release date for the project. However, as part of a handful of job listings last year, the publisher indicated that its SyFy project would appear on the PlayStation 3.

Discussion

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Crush_Project
Crush_Project

hilarious that a post 2 years old is in the top headlines.  Shows you the state of the industry today or lackthereof.

vinnie66
vinnie66

Fantasy is good. future set scifi is good too. The problem with the fantasy genre is no company is doing anything new with it. It's cut out after cut out with just a different story and differently named classes (though most times they are the same class as any other game generaly speaking). I myself prefer fantasy over scifi/shooter but thats not to say I wouldn't play it and enjoy it I do agree the fantasy mmo is being dragged along like a dog on a leash that doesn't want to walk though. It's obvious fantasy puts out the numbers but sadly no company will take risks and expand or try something new with it for fear of money loss (which to a degree is understandable. Cut out after cut out. I'll admit a well done shooter would grab my attention provided its more rpg than twitch based. (a good balance of both). I almost tried fallen earth. I might download the 10 day trial yet, but from the reviews I read it's kinda meh. That's why they are called trials i guess :P EDIT: LOVE how this thing wont show my paragraph splits. Make me look like a noob wall of doom...

vinnie66
vinnie66

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wis3boi
wis3boi

Hmmm...after this company made a horrible RTS recently...well, let's see how it goes

DukeEdwardI
DukeEdwardI

@ryuz4kee That's what I'm hoping The Old Republic will do :) Pretty cool concept. And it's done by veterans from Westwood Studios! So that already has my interest piqued.

ryuz4kee
ryuz4kee

Im tired of Fantasy MMOs, they fail big time.. I dont care what anybody says. Whenever somebody actually makes a GOOD shooter/futuristic MMO with solid gameplay (not just painting a crosshair in the middle of the screen and adding some crappy sound effects) it will dominate.

dre256x
dre256x

Hope they don't expect a big number of subscribers. ***Off The Topic*** Its a sad thing, but its proven time and time again that Fantasy MMO rules. have yet to see other genre put up subscriber numbers like the fantasy genre. Before WoW, Lineage 1 and 2 along with maple story had the largest subscriber base, and they are all fantasy based.