Editorial Awards Biggest News Story: EAMythic
The winner of this category was the biggest newsmaker in 2006. For better or for worse, the winning event produced the best MMORPG story of the year.
On July 24th of 2006, it was official, the publishing giant EA had officially purchased Mythic Entertainment, the company responsible for the MMORPG hit Dark Age of Camelot and who are currently in production of the highly anticipated Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.
The news came as a surprise to many in the industry, and with EA’s background in MMOs, many fans were nervous about the future of both Dark Age and Warhammer. Six months later, and all seems well at the newly formed EAMythic, and Dark Age of Camelot continues to grow and function, and progress of Warhammer Online sees that game’s release on the distant horizon.
The Fall of E3
It came as an initial shock to many industry veterans when the people behind the exceptionally successful video game expo announced that they were calling it quits. The event, it seems, was getting out of hand, and with a staggering amount of time and money being spent by game companies each year in preparation for E3, once people had a chance to think about it, the decision seemed to make sense.
It is still unclear as to whether another event will step up to give us the same spectacle in a new form.
CCP and White Wolf Merge
CCP, the company behind the successful space MMORPG, EVE Online and White Wolf, the second most popular pen and paper game makers announced that they would be merging together to form one company. The move is widely seen as a good one for both companies, and should see the rise of a World of Darkness based MMORPG.com