Six of our writers gathered to discuss the EA/Mythic deal. Steve Wilson, Frank Mignone, Dan Mann, Cari Davidson, Brian Chapman and Garrett Fuller all give their opinions and then ask your own.
|Steve Wilson: For the casual player this might be a good thing. EA is a big well known company that while not being innovative in game-play mechanics is certainly consistent in quality that casual players tend to notice, like top notch graphics and slick UIs that are easily portable to console gaming. They will also have much broader experience conducting entry level consumer testing and quality assurance aimed specifically at users that aren't as savvy as the hardcore gamer. They also have a huge advantage in regards to getting the game into the hands of people that have never played an MMO before. The company is enormously visible in retail chains having contracted deals that allow their products guaranteed premium shelf display, something a small company can never achieve. In addition just being branded with the EA logo may encourage some players that otherwise might not to try the game out. Expanding the audience base of MMOs ensure the longevity of the genre and encourages smaller startups to experiment and expand new concepts.|
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