Turbine whipping up 360, PS3 MMOGs?

CEO Jim Crowley says console development is a possibility for both current and future titles; job req indicates Microsoft's and Sony's platforms.

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Massively multiplayer online role-playing games are Turbine Inc.'s business, and the developer announced earlier this month that it had landed a massive infusion of cash to fund future projects. The funding, led by Time Warner and GGV Capital, would line Turbine's coffers with an extra $40 million, with which CEO Jim Crowley said would allow the company to "bring new titles to market, expand the platforms we support, and introduce new technologies to sustain self-evolving game worlds."

While Turbine didn't expressly say so, it was assumed that Crowley's comments indicated the gamemaker would be expanding its efforts into console development. As part of a recent interview with fan site MMORPG.com, Crowley further indicated that cross-platform console development is on Turbine's mind. "These worlds are so rich and robust, we do want them to be shared across platforms, both for existing and future worlds," said Crowley.

While the exec named no specific titles, he did say both current and future games developed by Turbine are being considered for console migration. Turbine's two most recent MMOGs are Lord of the Rings Online, launched in collaboration with Midway in 2007, and Dungeons & Dragons Online, published by D&D rights holder Atari in 2006.

Crowley also made no mention of which consoles, exactly, were being targeted. However, as revealed through a job request on the developer's Web site, Turbine is currently looking for a senior console engineer with experience developing on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

Discussion

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shii666
shii666

Well, I am going to be playing Final Fantasy XIV on my PS3, but I still find this exciting. I enjoyed DDO.

disco_dan
disco_dan

I'm thinking that it's good timing for Dead Rising 2:world gone to hell. It's no longer just a mall gone nuts, it's the whole of the United States of America (not much difference really) There'd be bunkered up players at refuges, and missions to go get supplies, partying up, warthog style vehicles and pleanty of improvisation. u know you want it.

Hello_Kitty_Man
Hello_Kitty_Man

I would LOVE to see LOTRO on my Xbox 360! I think that would just be beastly!

tarv4973
tarv4973

If they brought back a new AC game to consoles, I would actually buy a 360 or PS3.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

that's some of the best news I ever heard, wish they'd go cross platfrom with other games now, call of duty 4 and sports games. all games that go online

chrisballer
chrisballer

This is great news. Now only if they can deliver a great game. I would like to see a D&D game based in the forgotten realms. With some of the great authors to help write some of the story line. It would have to be better then D&D online now of course.

newb16
newb16

Hey combatsoldier do you have all the consoles? If you do, count how many RPG's each one has. If you dont no how many each one has then I will tell you, the xbox360 has 23, PS3 has 16, and the wii has 10. The only two consoles you should be talking about is the wii and PS3. Of course there are more games comeing out but I dont no what Genre(s) they are because they are not labeld as any Genre(s) yet.

Elslav
Elslav

Eww.. Turbine making more MMOs!??! When the ones they have out currently are in dire need of content and tweaking! I think this company is on its last legs, they are the Walmart of the MMO World.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

this is great and i hope that we get plenty of mmos for our consoles cause we need them.

newb16
newb16

WESTWOOD, MA -- June 4, 2008 -- Turbine, Inc. today announced that it has raised $40 million in equity financing. Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) and GGV Capital, a leader in expansion-stage venture capital investments in the U.S. and China, led the investment along with existing investors, Highland Capital Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, Tudor Ventures and Columbia Capital. The investment will be used to further accelerate Turbine's growth as a global leader in online entertainment. "This is truly an exciting time for Turbine. The addition of Time Warner, one of the world's largest media companies, and GGV Capital, one of the financial community's most sophisticated investors, adds a level of access, perspective and experience to Turbine that is singularly unique in the global online entertainment space," said Jim Crowley, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "Turbine has an extraordinary team, incredible technology and a growing portfolio of games based on some of the most popular brands ever created. With this funding we are uniquely positioned to change the future of online entertainment as we bring new titles to market, expand the platforms we support and introduce new technologies to sustain self-evolving game worlds." An online entertainment veteran, Turbine is recognized globally for its industry-leading technology platform, groundbreaking game graphics and its exceptional ability to create and operate multiple massive, persistent online worlds that power hundreds of thousands of interactive social gaming experiences. The company currently operates three award-winning franchises around the globe and is one of the largest privately-held online gaming studios in North America. "Our investment in Turbine is an important addition to Time Warner's entertainment initiatives," said Rachel Lam, Senior Vice President and Group Managing Director of Time Warner Investments. "Online interactive entertainment is a huge growth market and we are very excited about Turbine, its unique capabilities and the obvious opportunities that exist with our own broad portfolio of IP." "The demand for massively multiplayer online worlds is exploding both geographically and in terms of platforms served," said Hany Nada, managing partner, GGV Capital. "Turbine is a proven leader in massively interactive online entertainment and the incredible technology that supports it. We look forward to marrying our strengths both here and in Asia with Turbine's unique capabilities." In April 2007, Turbine launched The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™, the first and only MMORPG based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, and has quickly established itself as an emerging leader. The Lord of the Rings Online was named PC Game of the Year 2007 at the 25th Annual Golden Joystick awards and The New York Times proclaimed it "a major achievement of interactive storytelling, the first game truly worthy of the 'Lord of the Rings' franchise and a must-play for just about anyone with an interest in Tolkien or the future of online entertainment." Turbine also created and operates Dungeons & Dragons Online™, which was named Best Multiplayer Game of 2006 by the British Academy of Television & Arts, and Asheron's Call®, which was named one of the Top 50 Games of All Time by GameSpy and is one of the longest running massively multiplayer online games in the industry.

fps92
fps92

is that shooting game only or wat

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

--svitas -- "This is why you pay xbox gold account. If a mmo come to xbox360 with current agreement you don't have to pay any more. But in the ps3 you have to pay monthly fee if a devolpers chose it." Not only is that not true(you only need a silver membership for MMOs since it's not really using Xbox Live, you still would need to pay monthly if you have gold regardless), but it doesn't make sense. MMOs get people additive to their character/s progression and attached by the friends they make. The standard $15 a month = $180 a year. Xbox Live $50 = only $4.16 a month (I think...). That would be a $120 loss in your standard profit.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@svitas Phantasy Star Universe charged a monthly fee on top of XBL Gold. Any new MMO for XBL will probably follow suit and it's a real shame. XBL should be a free service, nothing they've done so far justifies otherwise.

jknight5422
jknight5422

It's baffling that these MMO corporations are just now becoming aware of MMOs on consoles when they should've been planning this 1.5-2 years ago. Talk about your johnny-come-latelys. Sheesh. I wonder which MMO will be the first to make its mark on the 360..

BewilderedRonin
BewilderedRonin

Just as long as they don't make anything that sucks as hard as D&D Online. I had such high hopes for that game and it turned out to be utter crap.

cupcake_JR
cupcake_JR

could be cool if we see LotRO on the 360. but i still wouldnt pay for monthly fees..... screw p2p mmos >_>

raider4lfe
raider4lfe

AC3 AC3 AC3 AC3 AC3 AC3 AC3 AC3 AC3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO THE RIGHT THING TUBINE, DO THE RIGHT THING.

1357900
1357900

This is news that I'm interested in. Great news at that, except, that Turbine may get lax on supporting it's current mmo's. That could potentially be bad.

svitas
svitas

ShadoweaverCode You know that there is only two games that are Games for Windows witch only run on vista (shadowrun, halo2)? Rest of the games can be played in xp even it has games for windows logo.

scorgie
scorgie

The game runs on XP, I've ran the trial version that can be downloaded and it does not require Vista. [Quote] ShadoweaverCode Ohh LotR online could be coming to 360!! This is awesome news, I've been waiting to check the game out but it's Games For Windows and I don't have Vista.

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

Ohh LotR online could be coming to 360!! This is awesome news, I've been waiting to check the game out but it's Games For Windows and I don't have Vista. People aren't understanding that the charge to play isn't an internet connection related fee. It's a fee to the game company, so they can create additional content (like holiday patches, new instances, etc).

oo7sk8punk
oo7sk8punk

ive been waiting for more mmo's to hit consoles, wish theyd hurry up, after playing ffxi on the 360 im confident that any and all could be easily ported to console (control wise) and for those who dont seem to get it, mmo's arent about lv after lv after lv, its about the story and places and people

KaosKetchup
KaosKetchup

Well the PS3 is compatable with bluethooth and USB keyboards and mouses. I don't know if the 360 has any peripherals like that... but I guess since the games can be installed o the PS3, then I would imagine that would be the choice console. but still FFXI is out on the 360 :)

marriage0
marriage0

im not sure how a standard MMO would work on a console, with the number of skills you usually get i cant imagine a controller being particularly useful in heavy combat situations

SirFatalChaos
SirFatalChaos

Asheron's Call Threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! plz

Leo_Colt
Leo_Colt

Last time I checked this place, MMOGs are considered worse than porn and the spawn of the devil. Ah well... I doubt they'll prove to be hugely successful on console, because of the "layered" subscription fees. We'll see though.

aoshi_shinumori
aoshi_shinumori

MMMMMOOOORORRPPPGGSSSS.... - level up level up level up level up level up level up level up level up level up level up level up level up till you get sick of it... great.. what's so fun about that..

kos1085
kos1085

I have never played one of Turbines games.

Ospov
Ospov

Sounds cool. I might not buy it, but it's still cool that they're bringing MMORPGs to the consoles. It might not be a "hardcore" one because it's not on the PC, but being "hardcore" doesn't really mean too much. It can still be fun without being hardcore.

caitalian
caitalian

I hate to say it but I would rather see WoW come to consol than LOTR or DDO. I was in the LOTR beta and played it for a little while after I thought it was just plain bad. Tried DDO for a bit and was like no thank you. I know age of conan is on its way to xbox later in the year and as it is much better as the other two i mentioned it still need a whole lot of work. Sony needs to get something other than FFXI going on their systems.

Gruug
Gruug

MMO on a console....no thanks. Consoles might be good for some things but I could never see myself playing an MMO on one....too limiting.

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

This is good news, its nice to see different genres branch out onto different consoles so others can experience them ie RTS' coming to consoles, and new MMORPG's are always welcome anyway.

tRens2k
tRens2k

CptObvious1031 The game is a service... you're paying for them to keep the game updated and to keep their servers up. To bad you pay for XBL and your internet.. I think you should be yelling at Microsoft not the people who make the games. lol.. suckers paying for XBL...... Consoles != good

jrhawk42
jrhawk42

One of the major problems with MMO's on consoles is the certification costs, and timing. Each patch is going to cost substantially more, and come out later than it would on PC. The only way an MMO would potentially work is if one of the big 3 we giving the title a boost which seems unlikely for nintendo, and sony. MS may help out if it's in their interest, but it's much like making a deal w/ the devil.

svitas
svitas

CptObvious1031 This is why you pay xbox gold account. If a mmo come to xbox360 with current agreement you don't have to pay any more. But in the ps3 you have to pay monthly fee if a devolpers chose it.

Netherscourge
Netherscourge

MMORPGs don't require an Xbox Gold subscription to play on a Xbox 360. All you need is the Free Silver account and the MMORPG fee.

sun_spirit
sun_spirit

CptObvious1031! You sir are a God! HOW TRUE WAS THAT COMMENT? But yer, I'd love to play a proper MMO without the charges.

CptObvious1031
CptObvious1031

MMORPGs on consoles...the hardcore PC fans will scoff and laugh and making jeering comments from their dimmly lit computer rooms as they take a break from WoW. I'd play a MMORPG on a console...IF IT DIDN'T HAVE A MONTHY FEE! I already pay for my XBL subscription. I already pay $60 for the game, why should I pay even more money just to play the game after I already bought it and am paying for online gaming services already?

twoism
twoism

I hope they revive Asheron's Call at some point. I loved the 1st one, it was my favorite during that generation of MMOs. Didn't get to play the 2nd much because of its cancellation.

Mauller
Mauller

I would love to see a new AC. I loved AC2 until microsoft picked it up and did nothing with it. I wish Turbine had been able to revive it.

feryl06
feryl06

good luck with seeing this one anytime in the next 4 years. We're still waiting for HUXLEY.

T3cHn0mAn
T3cHn0mAn

PLEASE BRING DDO TO 360s. Ever since my comp's crap video card broke down I haven't been able to play it.

Kravenius
Kravenius

Maybe revive the Asheron's Call franchise, loved the first 1, shame about the second. Make AC3 specifically designed to be played on consoles, play to their strengths rather than go for a port of D&D or LoTR. I think an MMO that really played to the strength of a console (not make you feel like you really need a kb&m for a start) could be a big hit. Kind of like Everquest got it all really started on the PC scene.