DC Universe Online has been widely regarded as a success. Sony has met the demand of the large influx of new players by adding new servers, and the general success shows that there is a large segment of console gamers that are hungry for an MMO experience. Priced at about par for the course, DC Universe Online on the PS3 will be $15.00 per month after the trial period runs it’s course.
But can Activision see value here? Taking a trip in the way back machine all the way to September 2010 Blizzard said in an interview that the prospects of bringing an MMO to console had some serious roadblocks.
In an interview with Strategy Informer J. Allen Brack of Blizzard spoke of some of these challenges. There’s the “technical challenges” like the sheer size of a game like World of Warcraft. Then the Blizzard developer thinks that there is a big difference between the quality control that goes into WoW and that of the console online experiences. World of Warcraft “was designed to be a keyboard game and its control scheme and its camera controls and the number of abilities that you have and the spells and how things work are very keyboard-centric.”
The developer believes that someone is going to be wildly successful with a console MMO and has no reservations stating that.
More recently the launch of DC Universe Online and it’s success shows that maybe this is that first MMO on console that starts a rush of MMO’s to PS3 or Xbox 360. And when publishers like Activision see an opportunity to make money they take it. If people do end up becoming long standing subscribers to a game like DC Universe Online, those same people would just as likely fall in love with the World of Warcraft. I know I’d play it, in fact preferably to DCUO.
You can bet that if there becomes a market for an MMO on the console Activision will have it there quicker than you think. That’s what happens when you’re in the business of making money. World of Warcraft is a winner, and it’s far and away the best premium MMO on the market today. If console owners vote with their dollars that they like MMO’s , and Acti and Sony can come to an arranagement where both come up flush with cash, you can bet it will come.
A PS3 Bluray could hold WoW, all of it. And it’s keyboard compatible. I guess there are the quality control issues and the advantages that controlling the platform in Battle.net provide. And of course we haven’t exactly seen if people will continue to pay each month for access to DC Universe Online. But there will always be these variables. With Valve leading the charge into cross platform compatibility between the PC and Steam it’s not like a persistent world between Battle.net and the PS3 is completely off the table is it?
Wow Player or not. What do you think about World of Warcraft on PlayStation 3? Would you play it? More importantly, would you pay to?