Editorial: What's Up Next for EA Mythic? (Page 2 of 2)
Earth and Beyond: The Return
Dark Age of Camelot II
Then, why did I argue that UO2 seemed like such a good idea? Well, Dark Age of Camelot, for all its years, is still a fully 3D MMORPG experience. Like EQ, it would be hard to instantly see the difference between the original and its sequel. Less people are likely leaving DAoC for the sole reason that the graphics and technology are outdated. The same cannot likely be said for Ultima Online.
At this stage, a Dark Age of Camelot sequel would likely not feel like more than a fresh coat of paint. There is only so much you can do without alienating your original fans and chasing new ones with an IP that didn't get them in the first place is risky at best. Plus, Mythic has always said it was a bad idea. No Dark Age of Camelot II, at least not yet.
A Huge Movie Tie-In MMOG
The story, while interesting, is a bit wacky for many to swallow. For those that do not remember, Imperator was set in an alternate version of history, several hundred years beyond today. In that world Rome never fell and the Romans - you - were locked in a bitter struggle with the Mayans - who also never fell - across the galaxies. It provided a unique, stylized, land-based sci-fi experience, but ultimately, most people couldn't quite get their head around it.
EA Mythic General Manager - then the CEO of Mythic - Mark Jacobs, who created the original game, wouldn't rule out its return. However, given the wealth of assets EA provides them, why would they want to go back to such a concept? One of the allures for Imperator is that Rome, like Camelot, does not require a costly and restrictive license. Setting in the future simply keeps it from stepping on Dark Age of Camelot's toes. It had the niche to compete with Star Wars Galaxies and the IP to do whatever they wanted for free. Circumstances are much different now. I think it is a safe bet to say Imperator is dead.
Lord of the Rings Online: Movie MMO Edition
Motor City Online: The Return
There are hundreds of IPs in bank over at Electronic Arts and hundreds more that they could get their hands on. MMORPGs are interesting beasts, but I cannot believe EA and EA Mythic will sit still for long and just hope that Warhammer is a smash hit. I'd expect that within a year we'll hear what the answer to this question is. Until then, it will be fun to try and guess. Let us know what you think it might be - if anything - in the comment thread below.