We at Gamebreaker.TV gather experts and media personalities from all over the world to give you the latest in gaming news. Every Wednesday, we gather a panel to discuss the highlights from the massively multiplayer online genre in a little show we like to call This Week In MMO. This week, our host Gary Gannon brought together Mike B aka Fony from Zam’s BFF Report and Editor-In-Chief Jason Winter from Beckett Massive Online Gamer to lead us all over the globe for our MMO news.
Our first stop is Japan, where Square Enix announced in the next couple of months it will begin to charge for Final Fantasy XIV. For the past year, this MMO has remained free-to-play while the developers reworked the game to a standard acceptable to its fans. Mr. aka Fony found himself impressed with the work that Square has done to the game. However, he sided with Winter stating that he would not spend money just to try it out to see the changes.
Next, we travel to Icelandic headquarters of CCP Games. The creator of the sci-fi MMO EVE Online, unfortunately, had to lay off 20% of its staff. Most of the lay-offs centered around the vampire MMO World of Darkness. Gannon questioned if CCP would continue to develop WoD if the developer’s current project, Dust 514, was not completely successful. Mike B was not ready to call WoD vaporware yet, but if Dust 514 completely lands on it face, then he would not be surprised if we never see the World of Darkness come to light.
Be sure to watch the whole episode for all this plus Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium‘s strange news, Turbine’s security breech, and The Secret World’s developer diary. Do not miss any of it nor Jason Winter proclaiming, “Mom! The media is touching me!” in This Week In MMO!