Eurogamer Interview: Paul’s thoughts on everything

Eurogamer.net have posted up an awesome interview with Paul Barnett (Creative Director at Mythic) that they did at Games Day. (We were outside the room taking pictures of Ardua caressing a plastic Chosen.)

On how many players he (personally) predicts:

I don’t know what the business people have – they have all sorts of crazy numbers, and things to do with shareholders, and things that would probably get me fired. But we’re having a staff pool. I put down my bet: a million within the year, and then three million.

On expansions and updates:

GOA and Mythic have got a great track record of doing loads of content for free throughout the life of the product, followed by expansions every year or year and a half. WAR definitely is going to follow the same route. We already have a live team, a core team and an expansion team in the studio right now who’ve been working on all the different elements.

On Public Quests:

They pass my genius test. If you see something, and the first time you see it you end up slapping your forehead and going yeah of course, it’s obvious, whatever it was is probably genius.

On GOA:

GOA did it with Dark Age of Camelot and they’ve done it really well. They’ve done it in a very European way, but they’ve done it very well, and it’s more of the same.

On EA in Europe:

They know nothing about launching MMOs in Europe, unless it’s spending lots of money closing them down I suppose.

On why to play WAR instead of WoW:

It’s funnier than WOW. It’s easier to play, but all the dragons are still left to slay: in WOW, there really isn’t that much to do, not any more. You can wait for two years and get another ten levels, but you’ve probably seen it and done it.

Why not to play WAR:

If you really, really don’t like MMOs, you don’t like the subscription model, then I’d say stay away, mate. Don’t be a hater.

See, this is why they are professional journalists and I’m not. I just asked about the trousers 🙂

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5 Responses

  1. We did ask other stuff too, but this is an awesome interview and everyone should go read it. Am on train home, so connection is shaky and it took me 10 mins to read it all!!!!!!!!

  2. The pants information is important too 🙂

  3. If GOAs way of handling DAoC was a “European” way, then i dont want to be a european anymore…..

    But in WAR they did a good job so far

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  5. sadly I gotta disagree: Those new 10 levels in WoW are thrilling and the stuff that follows is the same as last year but I still like to play through it, just like I loved playing Diablo1/2 again and again and again. Beating up players with the same group in the same scenario is way more boring.
    Maybe open RvR is better but … alterac is balanced (shut up ^^) and still fun after the tenth time more than anroc or snake ^^

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