Blizzard: We're Here If Bungie Needs Us

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Blizzard: We're Here If Bungie Needs Us

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Blizzard Vice President Rob Pardo says the World of Warcraft studio would "absolutely" lend an assist to Bungie if it ever ran into trouble with its rumored MMO project.

Making an MMO, despite what a great many of the world's game company executives seem to think, is not an easy thing. The massively multiplayer landscape is littered with the wreckage of games that by all appearances should have been successful, yet crashed and burned for one reason or another. So it's probably reassuring for Bungie, if its next project really is an MMO, that if things get really dicey it can just pick up the phone and call Blizzard.

"It would have to be a very specific proposal," Pardo told Edge Online. "Blizzard are very focused on our own stuff and I think one of the reasons that we're successful is because we don't get distracted."

"That said, Activision is in the family and Bungie is doing stuff for Activision," he continued. "If they called us up and wanted some advice or wanted to have a conversation, absolutely, but I do that with a lot of my game developer friends throughout the industry."

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in September that Blizzard's expertise in customer service was a big factor in Bungie's decision to sign with the publisher, but Pardo said the idea of Blizzard handling customer support for a Bungie project was "really far out there," adding, "That's a lot of speculation. It's possible, I guess."

He also expressed confidence in Bungie's ability to come up with a great game despite its inexperience with the genre, pointing out that Blizzard did exactly the same thing with World of Warcraft. "When we first started working on an MMO people right away pointed at our pedigree and said there's no way that Blizzard can make an MMO - they've never tried it before," Pardo said. "So clearly if we can do it, I'm sure a company like Bungie or Valve or Nintendo or any of those top tier developers are more than capable of doing it."

"As far as whether I'd welcome a Bungie MMO, I certainly would as a gamer," he added. "I think that's one of the other reasons we've been so successful at Blizzard - all of us play and love games. We're as big a fans as anybody. I would love to play a Bungie MMO. I think it would be cool."

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my first thought about this was "a Blizzard Bungie game ? that would probably would create some kind of uber fanboi mutant subspecies of humanity or something :S"

A bungie MMO? News to me... Halo I presume? Hmm that could be pretty cool Covenant vs. Human (Alliance vs. Horde) with the good 'ol WoW style bosses? That would make me a very happy fanboy of both companys :)

How nice of Blizzard!

"Wake me, when you need me"

Seriously though, I'm interested in seeing what Bungie will do next. Whether its an MMO or not, I hope for many silly easter eggs.

Im sure if they just make a WoW clone with Halo skins they would have a success on their hands :P

Coming soon from bungie/blizzard. Halo wars THE GOOD EDITION

In other words, it'll be really good with very few if any bugs when it's released...which will be approximately 18 years after it's announced.

Awwww how nice :)

Always will love Blizzard.

Aww, I believe this should go under the TvTropes Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming page.

DTWolfwood:
Im sure if they just make a WoW clone with Halo skins they would have a success on their hands :P

An economic success | A gaming failure

Please don't encourage them to piss their talent away making games that actively sap the life out of the players.

DugMachine:
A bungie MMO? News to me... Halo I presume? Hmm that could be pretty cool Covenant vs. Human (Alliance vs. Horde) with the good 'ol WoW style bosses? That would make me a very happy fanboy of both companys :)

Bungie gave up Halo after reach, remember? They arn't touching for a good long time/anymore.

This should be a mindset of many developers. Yeah, they compete for market share, but the end result is better games and karma points.

Also, I don't think a site called www.nintendoc.om actually exists.

Atmos Duality:

DTWolfwood:
Im sure if they just make a WoW clone with Halo skins they would have a success on their hands :P

An economic success | A gaming failure

Please don't encourage them to piss their talent away making games that actively sap the life out of the players.

lolz its all about the Benjamins they can careless about a 'Good' game. Just look at their last 4 Halos. If it aint broke, dont fix it is the mentality most of these HUGE companies have now. Which is sad :(

haha.

All Activision/Bizzard wants is a stake in the IP that Bungie owns.

Jedamethis:
How nice of Blizzard!

On the surface, I'd have to agree with you there. But this kind of co-operation rarley comes about in such highly competitive industries like game development without there being some serious give and take. As a result, I find myself wondering, "What's in it for Blizzard?"

DugMachine:
A bungie MMO? News to me... Halo I presume? Hmm that could be pretty cool Covenant vs. Human (Alliance vs. Horde) with the good 'ol WoW style bosses? That would make me a very happy fanboy of both companys :)

This is a good point. What would Bungie use for the basis of this propoed MMO? I highly doubt that it would be Halo, what with them pretty much wraping up the franchise with Reach and Halo 3.

Also, I'd like to point towards the idea of making it (the proposed MMO) very much like WoW and ask, "Are you KIDDING?!"
Bungie making a MMO that had a Horde/Alliance style faction split and "WoW style bosses" would most likely be SUICIDE!!!!!!

The crew at Extra Credits made this EXACT argument a few weeks ago in their "Future of MMOs" episode about three months ago.

DTWolfwood:

An economic success | A gaming failure

Please don't encourage them to piss their talent away making games that actively sap the life out of the players.

lolz its all about the Benjamins they can careless about a 'Good' game. Just look at their last 4 Halos. If it aint broke, dont fix it is the mentality most of these HUGE companies have now. Which is sad :([/quote]
I didn't play all the halo yet, but what is wrong with if it is not broken don't fix it... It isn't broken why fix it?

Halo (as a franchise) belongs to Microsoft not Bungie now

Actually, Microsoft owns the Halo IP, so if they do make an MMO, it will have nothing to do with Halo. Besides, Bungie themselves said they're tired of Halo and want to do something new, so don't expect anything similar either. I really hope they don't make an MMO, everyone's just better off if they stick to FPS.

harv3034:

I highly doubt that it would be Halo, what with them pretty much wraping up the franchise with Reach and Halo 3.

and that MS still holds the rights to the IP.

DugMachine:
A bungie MMO? News to me... Halo I presume? Hmm that could be pretty cool Covenant vs. Human (Alliance vs. Horde) with the good 'ol WoW style bosses? That would make me a very happy fanboy of both companys :)

No more Halo. They're tired of Halo. At least NOW no one can complain about Bungie milking.

I really hope Bungie doesnt fall to MMO level of game design. I have seen WoW being likened to an addiction curve for gaming trends. I would like to see what Bungie can do when they arent milking Halo for Microsoft.

I'm also here if Bungie needs me

After all the mudslinging present between companies in the game industry, it's refreshing to hear something like this for a change.

Exort:

DTWolfwood:

lolz its all about the Benjamins they can careless about a 'Good' game. Just look at their last 4 Halos. If it aint broke, dont fix it is the mentality most of these HUGE companies have now. Which is sad :(

I didn't play all the halo yet, but what is wrong with if it is not broken don't fix it... It isn't broken why fix it?

There's some quote butchery right there. Ouch.

Well, there's nothing wrong with Halo...except that the entire series has been stuck on repeat since Day 1.
It's largely gotten shinier, rather than significantly better. At least the Unreal and Quake series dramatically improved on the technical efficiency and design space of their games; until Reach, the design space for Halos 1-3 (and ODST) might as well have been kept in a tiny box.

Combine that with the side effect that Halo had on the industry (everyone copied it to some degree; it made consoles more profitable than PC creating a point of favoritism that didn't exist before), and other promising avenues for the shooter were eliminated because they were deemed "risky" or "inferior".

Now, all of this makes perfect economic and business sense; don't get me wrong.
But there's something wrong with taking ALL the fun/risk out of making games just to replace it with souless profit machines.
Then again, the same can be said of music, movies, and TV. So what the hell do I know?

Thing Bungie is rumored to be working on: A MMO.
Thing they should be working on: Oni 2.

Cheesebob:
I'm also here if Bungie needs me

As am I.

In fact... I'd be willing to bet that a lot of us are.

HG131:
Aww, I believe this should go under the TvTropes Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming page.

I believe you should do the honors.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments?from=Main.CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming

Also, Blizzard just gained massive Respect Points from me.

tehannihalator:
Coming soon from bungie/blizzard. Halo wars THE GOOD EDITION

i loled =D

LegendaryGamer0:

HG131:
Aww, I believe this should go under the TvTropes Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming page.

I believe you should do the honors.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments?from=Main.CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming

Also, Blizzard just gained massive Respect Points from me.

There we go.

D'aaaw. Blizzard gets brownie points for publicly expressing willingness to erode their own market share.

DugMachine:
A bungie MMO? News to me... Halo I presume? Hmm that could be pretty cool Covenant vs. Human (Alliance vs. Horde) with the good 'ol WoW style bosses? That would make me a very happy fanboy of both companys :)

As many already have said: Not gonna happen. :/

But what many haven't said: It would be illegal for Bungie to make any kind of Halo-related game with Activision, as it is Microsoft that owns the rights to Halo.

HG131:

LegendaryGamer0:

HG131:
Aww, I believe this should go under the TvTropes Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming page.

I believe you should do the honors.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments?from=Main.CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming

Also, Blizzard just gained massive Respect Points from me.

There we go.

I just realized I should not have directly linked to TVTropes, now everyone will be forever lost
in a sea of Trope.

What have I done?

EqualNOpposite:
D'aaaw. Blizzard gets brownie points for publicly expressing willingness to erode their own market share.

nah it's all just part of the "we're good guys" act

funny thing is there is a very strong rumor in WoW circles that Blizzards secret new MMO franchise is a console based shooter MMO which is almost exactly what you'd expect Bungie to make...

SirBryghtside:
Damn, I was hoping this to be the other way round, as in a Blizzard FPS...

Wasn't Ghost meant to be a Third person shooter?

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