More bits and pieces that I feel like bringing up but which I don’t care enough about to turn into full blog posts. And I wasn’t really in the mood. Plus, my office chair was take over by cats.
So this is what you get.
Wild Times for WildStar
Fans of WildStar cannot be happy with the news of late. The F2P conversion was done in hopes of reviving the games fortunes, but Korea’s Daewoo Securities, which keeps a close eye on NCsoft, thinks the game is going to tank in 2016.
And if it wasn’t bad enough that analysts close to NCsoft were down on the game, former employees of Carbine, the studio which created WildStar, were following the long tradition of recriminations, exemplified by EA Louse and that guy from Turbine, have come out to tell people just how screwed up the organization was. The whole thing was summed up on Reddit.
My take away: In the second decade of the 21st century they chose an old school, price per seat, source control system like Perforce, and then used it badly? They could have saved a lot of money doing things wrong with any of the equally bad open source options available.
The Force Awakens Many Things
As I often note, timing is everything. EA released Star Wars: Battlefront into the teeth of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens hype and, hey presto, despite mixed reviews (PC, PS4, Xbox, and Yahtzee) EA says they have made bank on the venture.
And, as the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats, even the Tortanic it seems. EA says that, in addition to the above, they also saw a surge in revenue for Star Wars: The Old Republic as well, reporting subscription levels for the four year old game were at their highest level in almost the last three. Quite a change from the time when John Riccitiello didn’t want to talk about the game on an investor call because it wasn’t a very important property for EA.
As I noted in a previous Friday post, even my daughter was keen to give SWTOR a try… and then the whole Boot Camp drivers issue got in the way.
One wonders how Star Wars Galaxies might have fared in this mood of revival.
Anyway, I hope this doesn’t go to EA’s head. Not that I had a lot of hope in their plans for a “make nice” campaign plan, but it was something at least.
Paving the Way for Xenuria 2016
As part of the run up to the CSM 11 elections CCP reworked some of the CSM Whitepaper… again… including some updates about who could run for the CSM. The result was vague enough to make people think if the ran a blog they might not be eligible. After some outcry there was a slightly less ambiguous version that still wasn’t all that clear, so CCP eventually had to come out and just say that if you were affiliated with The Mittani dot com you couldn’t be on the CSM, it being professional gaming media site compared to the fan sites that are EN24 and Crossing Zebras.
Or something like that. CCP has a couple stories on that front, but I guess they have to put a question like, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Commumittanist Party?” on the CSM application.
This means that Sion Kumitomo, the loudest critic of the relationship between CCP and the CSM, is barred from running for another term. Funny how that worked out. A statement from the Church of Siontology expressed both smugness and a sense of relief at the rule change.
Meanwhile, the slate of candidates for The Imperium now looks to be Xenuria, Suzy RC Mudstone, and that KarmaFleet guy who links all those cat videos in local… and I’m not sure about those last two. Onward the Goon plan for world domination!
Finally, you still have a chance to win ISK by entering the Signal Cartel anniversary screen shot contest. Act now.
And that is all I have. I will have to make my search minions work harder next time.