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You Got Theme Park in My Sandbox

Posted by Suzie Ford on Aug 05, 2013  | Comments

You Got Theme Park in My Sandbox - Final Fantasy XIV - MMORPG.com

The discussion ever rages about whether or not any MMO these days can be classified as a sandbox or a theme park. In today's Eorzea Reborn, we take a look at aspects of both that are present in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Check it out and then leave us your opinion in the comments.

One thing that fascinates me in MMO development is the rush of “me too” design philosophies.  Make no mistake, these always involve genuine and important design decisions.  They become “me too” when the industry kind of latches on to an idea and every MMO in development starts including them as marketing buzzwords. 

In recent years, the “me too” design of the month has included the ‘no Holy Trinity approach,’ ‘action combat,’ and ‘story based game play.’  Each of these are important decisions and I’m not knocking these choices, they represent attempts to define new market segments.  

Read more of Ryahl Smith's Eorzea Reborn: You Got Theme Park in My Sandbox.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom