"We do have some limits, such as the war windows, which govern when people can take over territory, so we don't have offline raiding. So we've tried to set in place rules that make sure there is no obvious interference that would create a negative experience. However, we don't want those roles to be too strict. I think part of the fun that we're trying to create is that emergent gameplay where, for example, if a company [New World's version of Guilds] takes over a territory and sets the tax rates really high, we hope that creates an objective for the rest of the world to take them down. So we want players to self govern as much as possible, and we're trying to give them the tools to do that." … [Read more...] about Inside New World: Amazon’s ambitious, original MMO that lets its players “self govern as much as possible”
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Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios: When I was growing up I had a small budget for PC games so I often hit the bargain bin at Babbage's, Computer City, or Electronics Boutique. I would have a certain criteria that would need to be met before I was parted with my lawn mowing money, specifically how radical the box art was and how much the box weighed. If it was heavy there was a good chance that it’d have multiple discs, a large print manual or hopefully some trinket or figurine. The game would also win my favor for embossed artwork, metallic ink, a gatefold cover, or some striking illustration. These were all hallmarks of quality to a 12-year-old. … [Read more...] about Have you ever bought a game just because of its cover art?
Weapon Mastery sounds like standard fare for an MMO. Every weapon in the game comes with its own Weapon Mastery and two distinct skill trees, which have active abilities, passive modifiers, and bonuses you can unlock as you earn XP. You won't be able to completely unlock both skill trees on a given weapon, but you can respec weapon builds in exchange for Azoth, a form of in-game currency. … [Read more...] about Amazon details character progression in their upcoming MMO New World