Look, they’re not going to stop until everything is an MMO so you might as well get used to it. The logic seems to be that if people liked playing a single player game and they were impressed when they could play it cooperatively with one or two others, they’ll go mental if you let them play something similar with eight or thirty-two or loads of other people.
The latest beloved experience to seem like it’s about to be crushed under the weight of baffling terminology, guilds, loot and gold sales is Fable. Not content with the excellent core Fable franchise, or even with the dilution of it in Kinect-based spin offs or cutesy brawlers (The Journey and Heroes, respectively), it seems like Lionhead – now without its head – is posturing for a massive version of the game.
It all comes from a job advert on Microsoft’s careers site which is calling for a “Multiplayer Level Designer” to go and work with Lionhead in Guildford, Surry. Essential experience lists the need for “Experience and passion for team objective based games, MMORPGs and other multiplayer games” while the desirable experience section is looking for people with experience of the Unreal Engine and 3D modelling software.
No platforms are mentioned but Lionhead is a first party Microsoft studio so expect it to be PC, or possibly the Xbox’s first major foray into an MMO, perhaps something for the next generation…