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Editorial: Comic MMO War Looms

Posted Dec 23, 2005 by Dana Massey

Editorial: Comic MMO War Looms

Marvel Comics boasts Spider-man, the X-Men and Microsoft's power behind it. DC Comics tapped Sony Online Entertainment to power its stable that includes Superman. And we have the current kings of online-superhero games: NCSoft and developer Cryptic Studios with their titles City of Heroes and City of Villains. As these three superpowers go at it, who will win? Who has the inside track? Who has the best license? Staff Writer Andree Ehrig examines these questions in this new editorial.

Creating a multiplayer title based on Superman, Batman and other DC heroes appears to be equally complicated. The heroes usually do their heroic deeds alone and the amount of character customization options in a DC MMOG is going to be more limited than in a Marvel competitor. The DC game is scheduled for release on console and PC in winter 2007, so until then, SOE will have to deal with various issues. Firstly the same ones Sigil Games have to deal with. But primarily, SOE have a problem called bad publicity. SWG has turned into SOE’s public nightmare due to game changes that caused uproar in the player base and left many players disgruntled, swearing to never touch a SOE game again. This bad publicity might hurt them in the long run when their DC superhero game is trying to build a community. On the other hand, the ideological battle between the DC fan base and the Marvel followers has been infamous for years and both fan groups are quite large, untapped potential for huge MMOG communities. If the DC fans can forgive the mistakes SOE have made in the past, a DC-based superhero MMOG is also destined for success.

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