Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that all of the MMOs it will be involved with in the future, which isn't a small list, will be available to play on consoles.
SOE boss John Smedley confirmed in an MTV
that this will include some classic PC MMO titles too, such as Everquest
, which spectacularly failed to make any impression on the market with the previous PS2 attempt EverQuest Online Adventures
"It's pretty safe to say that EverQuest has not seen its last game,
" Smedley said, confirming that the franchise will continue to be a Sony money-maker.
Sony Online Entertainment is currently working on a number of console-based MMOs, including the kid-focused Free Realms
which should be the first one out the door. Smedley said it would be available to buy on consoles about six months after the PC version is released.
Future games however, namely DC Universe
and The Agency
, will be released in time with their PC launches and should offer an identical experience.
Most interesting of all though is that Smedley refused to comment on pricing plans for the game, hinting only that the subscription-based model might not be a good fit for consoles and that free-to-play was probably more likely. With PSN already set-up on Sony consoles, it's very likely that the games could be funded by micro-transactions.
"We don't know yet. We're going to find out with Free Realms, and adapt as we see things go
," he said.
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