Rumored Clone Wars MMO and WTF is Lucidity?
Ok today, we have a few interesting but non-battlefront 3 topics to cover today. First topic is obviously the now rumored Star Wars MMO based on The Clone Wars series. This is very interesting, i’ll be surprised if this it is true, I figured there wouldn’t be any other Star Wars MMO’s until at least The Old Republic gets released. Apparently Sony leaked some info to TenTonHammer.com during the PAX 2009 event.
“The latest of such incidents: Ten Ton Hammer has learned from an inside source that Sony Online Entertainment has once again partnered up with LucasArts to do another Star Wars MMO. While we have not yet learned the title of the upcoming game, it sounds like SOE is planning to use the browser-based Free Realms engine to power the game, and the game’s setting will be the Clone Wars. Does this mean Star Wars mini-games within the game, like the holographic chess-like game as seen in A New Hope? Unknown, but it would be cool to hit up a cantina with some buds and sit down for a few mini games.
A casual Star Wars MMO property was probably obvious in hindsight. Look no farther than LEGO Star Wars for proof that a fun, stylized version of Star Wars can sell big, attracted kids and adults alike. Plus, there was an unusually large focus on Star Wars Galaxies at this year’s Fan Faire, and perhaps this was in attempt to rekindle the SOE/LucasArts hype.
Too soon? Former and current Star Wars Galaxies players can still remember the sting of the NGE that changed the face of that game for everyone. SOE has repeatedly said that they have learned from their mistakes, and plan to not repeat them. If SOE isn’t expressly targetting the hardcore segment this time around, they (unlike BioWare) won’t have quite the same initial level of expectations to deal with.
Don’t let us give you the impression that SOE plans to take on BioWare, and their highly anticipated MMOG debut, The Old Republic, particularly given the engine the game is rumored to be based on. More plausible is that it will be based off the Clone Wars CGI animated film, offering a more stylized approach to the universe. Free Realms boasts over four million registered players, and a lot of this can undoubtedly be attributed to the accessibility and polish of the web-based engine. The initial download is exceptionally small, as the client downloads content as players explore the world. This formula seems more and more to be a key component to popular MMOGs, if the success of Free Realms and to a larger extent, World of Warcraft, is any indication.
So who’s the target audience of the game? Again, it’s unknown. It’s possible, though quite unlikely, that it will be aimed at a younger audience. More likely it will target a casual crowd of several generations who have had Star Wars ingrained as much into their culture as Burger King and McDonalds.”
The second topic is Lucidity. What exactly is this? Well apparently it’s what some people think that LucasArts is going to announce on September 10th. I hadn’t even heard of it until someone mentioned it on the LucasArts forums. Give me your impressions!
“An inside source close to Joystiq has informed us LucasArts is bringing a brand new game (imagine that!) to XBLA, coinciding with the company’s focus on downloadable releases as of late. Dubbed Lucidity, this title is described as a kind of side-scrolling adventure … with a twist. Instead of controlling the main character, Sofi, in the traditional manner, players instead place certain objects in her path as she independently navigates the gameworld. As she runs into these objects, she will use them to tackle whatever obstacle is in her way.
The game will definitely have a fantasy element to it, as it supposedly takes place inside of Sofi’s head while she’s looking for her grandmother. Let’s just hope there’s no big bad wolf waiting at grandma’s to gobble her up, though.”