'Revolutionary MMO' in development at EA

Job listing reveals that a major unannounced massively multiplayer project is being crafted at megapublisher's Redwood City campus.

Later this year (hopefully), Electronic Arts will publish Star Wars: The Old Republic, the ambitious sci-fi massively multiplayer role-playing game from BioWare's Austin, Texas, studio. However, the project isn't the only massively multiplayer online game in the works at EA, as evidence of a new massively multiplayer project surfaced this week.

EA is working on a new, unannounced MMOG. What could it be?

The clue came courtesy of an EA job listing on industry trade site Gamasutra. The listing plainly states, "We are currently looking for MMO expertise for an unannounced game at our Electronic Arts headquarters location in Redwood City, CA." The cheekily-but-passionately written position description then lists the requirements for the job, ending with the plea, "Come join one of the best and brightest teams making a revolutionary MMO." (Emphasis added.)

When queried by GameSpot, EA reps offered the following comment. "We've got many interesting projects incubating at the Redwood Shores campus; however, we don't have any announcements to make at this time."

EA's Redwood City campus houses a number of prominent substudios, including the Sims studio, which works on the eponymous popular series, and Visceral Games, creator of Dead Space and Dante's Inferno.

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radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

@xmootoo95 To be honest, I would be happy with a game that is either. But what they mean by revolution is never the case. In anything. I talked about both forms of revolution in what I said, if you actually read the latter half of it. Just to make my point again; The games/products that companies call revolutionary...Never are. In any way whatsoever. If anything, they are bland and unoriginal.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@xmootoo95 Oh sorry. I did not know walking for hours on end in the same maps, killing the same stuff out of pure boringness, in an environment void of ANY gameplay whatsoever, could be called a "game". MMOs are crafted with ONE thing in mind : turning its players into brainless bots. If anything, they are nothing more than socializing tools. I have been studying game design for months, so, I know what I'm talking about. This is not just your average trolly opinion.

xmootoo95
xmootoo95

@Rovelius Who says trolls don't express their opinions? They're called trolls because they express them too much.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@xmootoo95 I'm stating out my opinion. Whether you like it or not. That doesn't make me a troll.

xmootoo95
xmootoo95

@Rovelius Shoo! Go back to troll land.

xmootoo95
xmootoo95

@radioactive1wiz Your reference to the "Revolution: an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed." is totally irrelevant to the Revolution they mean in this topic: " sudden, complete or marked change in something." That's what I meant.

Rovelius
Rovelius

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radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

@xmootoo95 See @ElFlechero What I was saying was, effectively, that revolutionary, as a term in the games industry, is thrown around so casually. I was hoping that, perhaps, they meant the period of history that was filled with..You know...Revolutions? Like the American revolution, French revolution, Brazilian revolution etc. Wishful thinking. And the reason I say it is so casually thrown around is simply because of what revolution means. It is a fundamental change in the organisation and structure of everything. When they say it, it rarely changes upon the old structures. If at all. It's a useless term nowadays because of how it has been bastardised.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

maybe they mean revolutionary literally, as in it's set in the American colonies in 1777? :)

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Revolutionary... That's a big word. I don't like it being thrown around. They should offer proof before using descriptors like that.

Khatjal
Khatjal

Aren't they all revolutionary?

AceCometh
AceCometh

Shouldn't they be showing support for the new Star Wars game instead? Typical of EA to try and overshadow the upcoming release from Bioware, their latest acquisition. It's a pattern well documented.

Arsenal193
Arsenal193

Although FIFA 11 was pretty bad, but up until FIFA 11 it's been good

Arsenal193
Arsenal193

I don't know why people are saying EA are crap, since they've published games like Battlefield, FIFA, Dragon Age Origins was amazing (2 Not so good), Mass Effect, and more great games. I'm looking forward to hearing more about this

brunorr
brunorr

Revolutionary from EA? hmm hard to believe. Maybe it's a revolutionary new way to squeeze money from gamers.

xmootoo95
xmootoo95

@radioactive1wiz Your making no sense to me whatsoever.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

The idea of a Star Wars games not published by Lucasarts just seems wrong.

radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

Why does nobody use the term revolutionary in the games industry to mean...You know...Revolutions? An mmo about the revolutionary period of history might be interesting. "Revolutionary" games, however, are always bland and unoriginal X_X

rann89
rann89

Gonna flop. You can save this post now, cause I'm calling it years before it's even released. Going to flop big time.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Say hello to "The Sims Online" then. With a myriad of furniture, clothing and decoration items it will be a microtransaction cash cow of epic proportions. Where can i place my bets ?

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

But who knows maby it will be revolutionary. Im goin to wate and see to pass my final verdict.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Its strange that every time thay use the word revolutionary or simular words then the game in questin ends up being crap.

wcw6
wcw6

EA and "revolutionary" seriously doesn't go together at all. EA and the words "extremely", "craptastic", "destroyer", "of games", "since 2000" go together.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Dragon Age 2 is dumbed down by EA / Bioware, maybe this one too (SW:KOTOR). Simplified WOW Clone specifically made for wide / casual audience, which is never play any MMOs. :( and one thing EA Technical supports is worst among all publisher(s).. :(

LeChief
LeChief

I really worry about this 'new' and exciting 'revolutionary' MMO - EA couldn't even get Crytek to fix server support and keep online player progress (unlocks, levels, attachments, etc) for the PC version of Crysis 2. Nothing kills an MMORPG or any online game with persistent player upgrades and experience than losing all your hard earned stuff due to a stupid disconnect from nearly every official host server!

DarthPlush
DarthPlush

@Dragdar Baseless rumours don't count as fact. Could you link where you saw this "fear" in EA?

XtremeDude09
XtremeDude09

@organbank Good luck balancing the PVP ;)

organbank
organbank

@Jaga_Telesin: I like where you going with this. May be the 'revolutionary' MMO will see the player as the director of EA Aqusitions and the game is based on taking over successful indepentent developers, sucking them dry of talent, forcing them to make half assed unfinished games and then throwing them on the scrap heap when their games do not sell over 1 million units. It could even be PvP where you can either roll as EA or an Indepentent Developer.

timewarp411
timewarp411

@Ares_hot Yeah I've heard just about the same but it's Star Wars so I'll take it haha. Plus I love Bioware and they really haven't let me down so far. Hopefully the story will push it enough to make it great and if not then I'll be waiting about another decade for someone to try again.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Ooo, revolutionary in that we don't have to pay subscription fees?

spag007
spag007

Hmm EA, judging from your recent, incredibly laughable failure (APB), I am very skeptical when they speak of new MMOs. EA tends to ruin all once-good aspects of games (APB looked truly awesome before EA took over (they promised an completely open-world where you could chat with people in the street (not in a "district", and shoot them if things went wrong. Gangs were supposed to truly matter), same for TOR) and sell us crap. Again, I sigh at their pathetic, purely capitalist strategy.

josephreynii
josephreynii

I announced that I was making a revolutionary mmo at my own homegrown studio here in Texas....turns out it was just a peanut butter sandwich...

Icehearted
Icehearted

Can I be negative for a moment and suggest by "Revolutionary" and "EA" they mean "loaded with in-game advertisements" and "laden with overpriced micro-transactions"?

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

I stopped reading when it said "EA." EA can't even get a football game right - how do they expect to do an MMO?

valsharen
valsharen

@Span_Argoman yeah, a whole new level of revolutionary blandness

Span_Argoman
Span_Argoman

The only revolutionary MMO I'll believe in is the one being made by Blizzard.

oneligas
oneligas

it going to be MASS EFFECT 4 MMO: the reapers are defeated but the galaxy is left in kaos and civil war

valsharen
valsharen

@BlackWaltz_No_3 and I just wish EA would stop making games altogether, or at least stick to making sports games...b/c I don't play sports games :) Anyway...hopefully a Sims or sports mmo since they have no clue what an rpg is.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

That's funny, I didn't think EA was helping to make Guild Wars 2.

JustinCoplen
JustinCoplen

You know every company announces that its new game is Revolutionary or Next GEN, however this is mostly just a gimmick. 75% of those games declared Revolutionary or Next GEN have actually been done before by another company or game. This isn't to say all games declared Revolutionary or Next GEN are actually not so, just a good deal of them. Heres Hoping it truly is Revolutionary.

Dragdar
Dragdar

@GeigerdolylWodd - I'll agree there, but consider that making an MMO takes a lot more money and time, a lot. And the competition is fierce, because people don't normally play more than one MMO. - Publishers simply don't want to stray far from what was proven to sell already. - Hence the "wow" clones. = I read somewhere that there's a lot of fear in EA that SW wont sell, they spent a huge pile of money on that project and something shook their confidence.

unreal_master
unreal_master

sigh Ea. Just like when Rift said it was NEXT GEN. Fun game but i see nothing next gen about it yet.

lordkorosh
lordkorosh

EA makes competition for its own mmo ODD,considering old republic is in competition with guild of wars 2 probably TERA and mmo like RIFT was released which is good and fun mmo so the competition is already high but EA makes revolutionary mmo, ok,I SAY EA DOSE NOT CARE ABOUT OLD REPUBLIC SO MUCH.

martinmt
martinmt

It will suck because it's made by EA.

BlackWaltz_No_3
BlackWaltz_No_3

EA tends to over-hype games that everything they released came crashing flat on its face because of high expectations. If I was EA I would stop making noise and do a better job on stuff that really matters.

batakacs
batakacs

Maybe it'll be DAOC 2 that'll be nice

alex33x
alex33x

They need to market the game, which is why they call it revolutionary. If they said come play the same thing you've been playing for 10 years with minor changes. It would hardly attract any customers.

phoenixboyz
phoenixboyz

Meh.... no offence, games directly from EA is not worth to play games are indirectly from EA such as BioWare is worth to play surely is not another WOW killer, every time, one of the MMO being said is the WOW killer, it get smash by WOW (example: Perfect World; lousy game)