Sony Online President Drops Hints About Unannounced MMORPG: Sandbox and Possibly Post-Apocalyptic

By Giuseppe Nelva

February 4, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley has been dropping hints about about the upcoming and yet unannounced MMORPG currently in development under his supervision.

According to Smedley, those that liked the sandbox elements of Star War Galaxies will like the new game, and in particular things like player created towns and player controlled bases. The game will have a first person perspective like PlanetSide 2 and will include an extensive crafting system.

Unfortunately for Star Wars Galaxies fans it won’t be based in a sci-fi setting, and it won’t be a western as well. Smedley explicitly mentioned that “Not everyone will like the theme.” It also probably won’t be steampunk (even if this is mostly my speculation from his answer to a fan in which he mentioned that he hates steampunk and it’s not his thing).

Smedley mentioned the show Revolution, and that’s a possible hint on the fact that the new game might have a Post-Apocalyptic setting, even if he then covered his tracks by saying “I’m having a conversation about Revolution is all : ) great show.” He also mentioned The Walking Dead, so zombies might be involved to some degree.

A possible crossover between post-apocalyptic and zombies is very possible, as he responded “there are a lot of cool cross/genre things you could do with that I think” to another fan that said he was smelling “a post-apocalyptic game cooking somewhere.”

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While he didn’t confirm that the game will be free to play or have a hybrid model (like all of SOE’s current MMORPGs), when a fan told him that good MMORPGs need subscriptions, Smedley responded “no they don’t,” possibly confirming that the new game won’t be pay to play as well.

Apparently we won’t have to wait too long to know more about the game, as Smedley mentioned that it will be unveiled next month.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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